Penetration Testing, Programming, Security

Batch Script to Ping a Range of IP Addresses to Identify Active Computers

Sometimes you will want to find out more about your local area network and what machines are running at certain IP addresses. Querying the domain name server can be unreliable since some machines may be hidden, so sending a direct ping is the most reliable way of checking for the existence of a machine. Continue reading “Batch Script to Ping a Range of IP Addresses to Identify Active Computers”

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Internet Explorer, Programming, Security, Software, Technology, Various Languages, Web Development

Remove Internet Explorer Open or Save Popup

Open or Save File
Open or Save File

In Internet Explorer 10 and IE 11 Microsoft has hidden the option to automatically open files rather than prompting for you to open or save a file of that type each time you click on it. In earlier versions of IE, the open/save dialog prompt came with a checkbox option to show, or not to show the dialog again for a particular file type, but this is no longer easily available.

I believe that Microsoft has hidden this option for recent releases of Internet Explorer as a security feature. I agree that this is an important feature to keep your PC safe from aggressive or malicious Web sites, so consider carefully if you really do want to enable automatic downloading of any type of file. The Microsoft developers intentionally do not want files opening themselves by default and this is 99% of the time a good thing. However in some cases you want your users or yourself to have the option to disable the constant prompt to open or save a document from your application. Continue reading “Remove Internet Explorer Open or Save Popup”

Internet Explorer, PowerShell, Programming, Security, Software, Technology

Disable IE Enhanced Security Configuration in Windows Server 2012

In some cases it’s important to have and makes a lot of sense to keep in place. In other cases it’s an annoying setting that refuses to allow itself to be removed from your server. What am I talking about? It’s Internet Explorer’s Enhanced Security Configuration setting that blocks your attempts to browse anyplace useful. Continue reading “Disable IE Enhanced Security Configuration in Windows Server 2012”