SAMPLE: IEHelper-Attaching to Internet Explorer 4.0 by Using a Browser Helper Object

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SUMMARY

In order to attach to a running instance of Internet Explorer 4.0, you can use a "Browser Helper Object." A "Browser Helper Object" is a DLL that will attach itself to every new instance of Internet Explorer 4.0. You can use this feature to gain access to the object model of a particular running instance of Internet Explorer. You can also use this feature to get events from an instance of Internet Explorer 4.0.

This article also points to a sample that demonstrates how to implement a Browser Helper Object.

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The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
IEHelper.exe
For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services
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Browser Helper Objects

When an instance of Internet Explorer 4.0 is started, it looks in the registry for CLSIDs stored under the following key:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows \CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects
If this key exists and there are CLSIDs listed under it, Internet Explorer will use CoCreateInstance() to try to create an instance of each object listed as a subkey under this key. Note that the CLSID of the object you create must be listed as a subkey and not a named value.

For example, imagine that the following entry exists in the registry, HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{CE7C3CF0-4B15-11D1-ABED-709549C10000}. Internet Explorer will try to create an instance of the object pointed to by the CLSID {CE7C3CF0-4B15- 11D1-ABED-709549C10000} each time Internet Explorer starts.

These registry keys can be created manually or through the self registration portion of your COM application.

There are some requirements when creating a Browser Helper Object

  • The application that you create must be an in-proc server (that is, DLL).
  • This DLL must implement IObjectWithSite.
  • The IObjectWithSite::SetSite() method must be implemented. It is through this method that your application receives a pointer to Internet Explorer's IUnknown. (Internet Explorer actually passes a pointer to IWebBrowser2 but the implementation of SetSite() receives a pointer to IUnknown.) You can use this IUnknown pointer to automate Internet Explorer or to sink events from Internet Explorer.
  • It must be registered as a Browser Helper Object as described above.
WARNING: Internet Explorer will create an instance of each Browser Helper Object listed in the registry every time a new instance of Internet Explorer is started. This means that if you have Active Desktop installed, the Browser Helper Objects will be loaded every time you open a new folder as well as when the browser itself is started.

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Article ID: 179230 - Last Review: August 5, 2004 - Revision: 3.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 128-Bit Edition
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5
  • Microsoft Internet Client Software Development Kit 4.0
  • Microsoft Internet Client Software Development Kit 4.01
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