IE 8.0 user agent string.... (2 IE because of post platform string

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by yoav, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. yoav

    yoav Guest

    for some reason some sites report my browser as 6.0.... (i have IE 8.0)
    after googling and searching, i found others have the same problem
    because of a strange registry key

    Settings\User Agent\Post Platform
    with the subkey

    Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)
    which i don't know how it got there! i did try the beta at some point of IE 8
    but it was not stable, so i un-installed it, and when the real thing came out
    i grabbed it

    what is ever stranger is that this is a vista32SP1 laptop, which never had
    XP (not to mention IE 6)

    anyone ?
    i mean, i want to delete this registry key, but so many others have it
    it should be a fix from microsoft via the auto-update
    especially that i know that fresh installations of IE8.0 do not have this
    key (at least the ones i saw)

    yoav, Mar 26, 2009
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  2. yoav

    ju.c Guest

    Check your browser's "User Agent String" here:

    User Agent String.Com

    Find the correct "User Agent String" for your setup here:

    Internet Explorer User Agent Strings Explorer/

    Follow these instructions to prevent the modification of
    your "User Agent String":

    1. Open this key:
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\User Agent\Post Platform]
    then delete any "User Agent String" found. Next,
    right-click it and select Permissions.

    2. Click the "Advanced" button.

    3. Un-tick the box "Inherit from parent the permission
    entries..." and tick the box "Replace permissions on
    all child objects..."

    4. In the window with all the accounts listed, left-click
    below them and drag the mouse, highlighting them all,
    except "SYSTEM". Click the "Remove" button.

    5. Click on the account, "SYSTEM" to highlight it then
    click the "Edit..." button. Disable all except "Read".

    6. Apply, OK, OK.

    7. If it's not correct, enter the "User Agent String" for
    your setup here:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
    "User Agent"="Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Win32)"

    ju.c, Mar 26, 2009
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  3. yoav

    yoav Guest

    thanx ju.c,
    but this is not the point :)

    i actuallty was in contact with the guy/girl who develops that site you
    mentioned and he/she was shocked like me to find it out

    no, what i need is someone from MS to tell if it is ok to delete this key
    and if you will google you will see i am not the only one who has this string
    i doubt there ever was a malware who bothered to spoof my user agnet string :)

    i think this is something of a leftover from the beta of IE 8.0
    and as such many users will experience this.....

    anyways, thank you for answering
    yoav, Mar 26, 2009
  4. yoav

    ju.c Guest

    Please don't remove previous entries. Thanks.
    ju.c, Mar 27, 2009
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