IE9 RC and adblock_ie XML

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IE9 RC and adblock_ie XML

Postby bobster » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:43 pm

I have downloaded IE9 RC and everthing seems to be working fine with one exception. I am unable to determine if adblock_ie XML is downloaded and active. You mentioned previously that it would be downloaded automatically and updated automatically but I can't find where it tells me that this has been accomplished.

In IE9, I have gone to "Manage add-ons", "Tracking protection" and it states that "Your personalized list" is enabled. When I try to click on "Select an add-on to modify status or view details" nothing happens. I can't determine if there is an active list or what it is and/or where it is located. According to MS, there are four lists available of which adblock is one but I can't seem to find out how to locate or activate them. Any ideas?

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Re: IE9 RC and adblock_ie XML

Postby bobster » Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:58 pm

I don't normally respond to my own posts but since I found the answer to my question on the MS forum on Internet explorer, I felt that I should pass it on to the Quero board. I was directed to the following URL by that forum:

http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Brows ... fault.html.

This site describes the 4 tracking protection lists that IE9 provides. They can be downloaded directly to the IE9 tracking protection function. The one list I had active originally was entitled "Your personalized list" and was the one recommended by Quero -- the adblock_ie XML list. So now I have the choice of the Quero one or any of the other 4 IE recommended ones.

Hope this is helpful to my Quero compatriots,

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Re: IE9 RC and adblock_ie XML

Postby Viktor Krammer » Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:15 pm

I have now worked the whole weekend on the new Quero Tracking Protection List and an update for the Quero Toolbar but the problem is that the Tracking Protection Lists of IE9 currently do not block anything.

I have also tested the four existing TPLs referenced in the IE Blog, but they also do not block any images or scripts coming from the blacklisted domains.

I am a bit puzzled, why TPL does not work, I have also filed a bug and will keep you updated as soon as I find out more.

Note: TPL have an new format, so I will actually provide two lists one XML and one TPL.
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Re: IE9 RC and adblock_ie XML

Postby MarkToo » Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:05 am

Viktor,

fwiw... I have imported all 4 of the TPLs from http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Brows ... fault.html into IE9 RC and have experimented with them in various combinations. They are working for me.

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Re: IE9 RC and adblock_ie XML

Postby Viktor Krammer » Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:19 am

Hi Mark,

can you please test the following test case I have set up:

Example TPL (containing only one rule, blocking the domain example.com)

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msFilterList
-d example.com


Add the TPL by clicking on the link on the following example.html page:

example.html

A simple Web page with a reference to a tracking image from example.com

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<html>
<body>
<p><img src="http://example.com/tracker.gif?id=123" width="100" height="100'" alt="Tracking Image" /></p>
<p><a href="javascript:window.external.msAddTrackingProtectionList('http://www.quero.at/example.tpl', 'Example TPL')">Add Example TPL</a></p>
</body>
</html>


http://www.quero.at/example.html

If you add the Example TPL and open the example.html IE9 should block the image, but it does not on my installation.

You can test this by using the Network tab in the IE9 Developer Tools (F12). Also a red x when opening the page indicates that IE9 attempted to download the image, whereas a privacy blocking icon indicates that the image was blocked, at least this was the way IE8 InPrivate Filtering worked.
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Re: IE9 RC and adblock_ie XML

Postby bobster » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:08 am

Viktor. Sounds like you are very busy updating the Quero toolbar to work more smoothly with IE9, and getting the tracking protection function to work properly. We long-time users of Quero wish you the best of luck as we appreciate very much your efforts to keep Quero active. The combination of Quero and IE9 is without peer IMHO.

One of the nice features of native IE9 is the toggle function symbol for ActiveX Filteringl (a circle with a slash through it) that appears when the IE9 nav/address bar is active. I have found that many video functions don't work when ActiveX filtering is on. Since I have Quero active, this toggle symbol/function is not easily available. I can go to "safety" and turn it off but it is not a latching toggle, i.e. when i click out of that page and return later, I have to go through process again. The toggle function in native IE9 is a latching function, i.e. when it is toggled off, it stays off for that site until it is manually re-energized. Would it be possible to have that latching toggle symbol and function available when using Quero? In my configuration (which I like very much, BTW) the IE nav bar and the IE address box are unchecked, and the Quero Search and Aero theme boxes are checked. My tabs are suppressed in the header but are available as thumbnails above the taskbar by passing the mouse cursor over them.

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Re: IE9 RC and adblock_ie XML

Postby Viktor Krammer » Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:00 pm

@bobster: Thanks for your feedback and comments about ActiveX Filtering.

I also think it is a nice feature but lacks useability in some cases as you mentioned. I will consider adding UI support for this feature in future versions, but it depends whether the IE team adds the necessary API support for this feature (i.e. allowing add-ons to query the filering state and to toggle it programmatically).

I think the most comfortable way to block ads in IE9 will be to use the Quero Tracking Protection method (if I eventually find out what's wrong with my IE9) plus the Quero "Hide Flash ads" option.

I have also made an improvemnt to the Quero ad blocker/element hider. The next release will selectively block/hide Flash animations, allowing Video players by default.
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Re: IE9 RC and adblock_ie XML

Postby Viktor Krammer » Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:45 pm

I finally found the bug why Tracking Protection Lists did not work: registering a custom MIME filter in an add-on (guess in which?) is preventing TPL to work, not good, but at least I can now workaround this in IE9.

Filed also a bug on connect
https://connect.microsoft.com/IE/feedba ... etprotocol

Another thing I found out is that disabling TPL (or as mentioned before ActiveX Filtering) through the IE address bar remembers the Web site in a whitelist. So be careful when disabling TPL, it remembers this setting, until it is reenabled on that site again.

Expect an IE9-optimized TPL and a new Quero Toolbar soon :)
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Re: IE9 RC and adblock_ie XML

Postby MarkToo » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:33 pm

Viktor,

I just read your request for me to try out the example above but it looks like you already discovered the problem so I assume that test is no longer needed.

Anyway... keep up the good work!

Regards,
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