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IE8 and There's a better way to browse the web! message

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by fw_aviator, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. fw_aviator

    fw_aviator Flightless Bird

    I have Windows 7 - 64 bit and when running IE8 I am getting this message
    There's a better way to browse the web! from sites like Twitter, Drudge. I
    have the version 8.0.7600.16385 of IE.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks
    Kevin
     
  2. Dan

    Dan Flightless Bird

    "fw_aviator" <fw_aviator@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:8DCB74D8-8B0B-43FC-8C80-67772900CDD8@microsoft.com...
    > I have Windows 7 - 64 bit and when running IE8 I am getting this message
    > There's a better way to browse the web! from sites like Twitter, Drudge.
    > I
    > have the version 8.0.7600.16385 of IE.
    >
    > Any ideas?


    What is your User Agent string set to? You can see your user agent string
    here, for instance: http://whatsmyuseragent.com/

    Are you viewing these sites in IE8 Compatibility Mode? This sends the UA
    string as IE7 so will make any UA detection think you are using IE7 rather
    than IE8.

    Is your UA string very long? Some applications add to the UA string and if
    it goes over around 200 characters a lot of UA detection routines start to
    fail to parse it. Also mismatched parentheses can do this, as well as manual
    tweaks that result in a non-standard UA format.

    For instance, when I go to http://whatsmyuseragent.com/ I see

    Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 5.1; Trident/4.0)

    and if I click the compatibility view button to the right of the address bar
    I then see

    Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; Trident/4.0)

    The second string identifies the browser as IE7, even though it's really
    IE8, because that's how IE8 in compatibility mode ensures that the server
    application returns IE7 specific HTML, CSS, javascript, etc if it has been
    developed to do so.

    --
    Dan
     
  3. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    1. Open IE to this page: http://www.enhanceie.com/ua.aspx. Highlight/select
    all of the red text at the top and copy it to your clipboard. Open a reply
    to this post and paste the contents of your clipboard into the message body.

    Also answer each of the following questions:

    2. Did you upgrade to Win7 64-bit or is it a brand-new computer with Win7
    64-bit preinstalled?

    3. What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
    subscription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)?
    What third-party firewall (if any)?

    4. Has a(another) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on the
    computer (e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you bought
    it)?
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002



    fw_aviator wrote:
    > I have Windows 7 - 64 bit and when running IE8 I am getting this message
    > There's a better way to browse the web! from sites like Twitter, Drudge.
    > I
    > have the version 8.0.7600.16385 of IE.
    >
    > Any ideas?
     

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