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Windows Internet Explorer 8 cannot download and process the automatic configuration script that is specified in the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog box.
Note: This intentional design change was made to combat the below known security threat.
Security Threat: If the AutoConfig Branding feature is enabled, the browser will attempt to retrieve and apply branding instructions even when the PC is in an untrusted network environment (e.g. an airport lounge or coffee shop). This could allow an attacker control over the settings controlled by branding. If you wish to re-enable this feature you should use a HTTPS URL for the URL to the configuration script. You should also avoid moving your PC into untrusted network environments.
Security update informationTo get around this intentional design, install the most current cumulative security update for Internet Explorer 8. To install the most current update, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://update.microsoft.comFor more technical information about the most current cumulative security update for Internet Explorer 8, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/current.aspxNote This update was first included in security update Knowledge Base (KB) article 978207 (MS10-002). For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978207/ )MS10-002: Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer
Note There are several requirements for this update to work correctly. All the following requirements must be met:
Registry informationImportant This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756After you install this hotfix on the computer, you must add a registry value to enable the hotfix. To do this, follow these steps:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
Microsoft has confirmed this intentional design change to combat a known security threat in the Microsoft products listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
971740For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971740/ )Automatic configuration does not support certain file types in Internet Explorer 8.0
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
Article ID: 973529 - Last Review: July 19, 2012 - Revision: 7.0