Although four years have passed since Microsoft’s decision to officially remove the Internet Explorer browser from service, the company has returned to remove the remaining copies of the browser by announcing that it will prepare and run new software in any version of Explorer that is still in progress around the world. By “force” and forcibly opening 1156 major Internet sites, and running the “Edge” browser to open them instead.
“Microsoft” said in a document that appeared on the technical support documents section on the company’s official website that the activation of its procedure against “Explorer” would start from November 19.
The “ZD Net” network, which specializes in technology, quoted a cybersecurity expert in the “Windows” division of “Microsoft” company, Chris Jackson, that the company stopped the “Internet Explorer” trademark nearly four years ago, as it chose Edge as a browser. For the Windows 10 operating system, and Microsoft no longer supports Explorer with new Web standards, or recommends its use, but it still works as a tool to deal with some old business applications for some.
Jackson added that Microsoft has tried many different ways to push companies to improve old Web applications, but information technology officials have naturally taken the easy way to use Internet Explorer and the various compatibility patterns over the years, instead of updating their applications.
Jackson stated that Microsoft cooperated with this situation and provided IT administrators in institutions with the ability to add sites that they want to use old versions of the Web standards with, but this situation is no longer acceptable to continue, and the “remnants of Internet Explorer” constitute a burden from The security aspect, as it includes major security gaps and weaknesses, as well as being an obstacle that confuses browsing work, and the Windows 10 operating system itself, because it is out of date and no longer compatible with modern Web standards and applications.
According to what Microsoft announced, the teams of its engineers and developers responsible for browsing programs will start chasing the remnants of “Explorer” by building a long list of sites, which Explorer will be prevented from opening if any of its users try to access them, explaining that the first batch of The sites that will be placed in this list include 1156 of the largest and most famous sites on the Internet, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Microsoft Team, Yahoo Mail, and “ “Stack Overflow”, “Stack Exchange”, “Godaddy”, “MoneyGram”, “Hot Star” and other sites.
This procedure will be implemented during the week beginning on November 19, with the introduction of the new update for version 87 of the Microsoft Edge browser. Those who still use Explorer, who make up 5% of Internet traffic, will be surprised that their browsers are not working. With the sites included in the list, they will even see the “Edge” browser without asking them to open it.
According to Microsoft, it will add software to both the new versions of Edge, ie version 87, and the Explorer versions, which are still operational until now, called “forced switching behavior from Explorer to Edge”, which is a file From the “DLL” mode, it was linked to Microsoft’s list of banned sites from “Explorer” from opening. This add-on bears the name “PHPO” and is loaded via a registry key inside “Explorer”, every time the user launches it.
The “PHP” works by monitoring the “websites” that the user tries to access, regardless of whether the navigation comes from clicking an active link, or by typing an address in the address bar, or choosing from the address list in favorites, Each time, PHP checks whether the address that the user tested is on the list of sites with known inconsistencies in “Explorer”, in which case a page will appear containing a message stating that “Explorer” cannot be used with this. The site, then the Edge browser is forced to open the site.
Microsoft has confirmed that, during the first stage of terminating Internet Explorer, it will be interested in providing policies for corporate customers that allow them to disable the “forced switch behavior from Explorer to Edge” software, or at least control some aspects of it, until they modify their applications to work With the new browsers.