IE8: Autocomplete List

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by MarkC, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. MarkC

    MarkC Guest

    Hi,

    It looks like Autocomplete list isn't working, eventhough I have it ON in
    the Options>Contents>Settings. I type my username when logging in to
    a website. Later when I go back to the website login page, my
    username isn't listed on the Autocomplete list. What's happening?

    Thanks,

    Using XP Pro SP3
     
    MarkC, Jun 7, 2010
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  2. MarkC

    rob^_^ Guest

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  3. What website?
     
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Jun 7, 2010
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  4. MarkC

    VanguardLH Guest

    Do you have IE8 configured to do cleanup when it exits, like purging any
    cookies? Might it be configured to also cleanup any auto-complete info?

    Internet Options -> General tab: Browsing History, Delete

    Are those items enabled to get deleted when you exit IE8?
     
    VanguardLH, Jun 7, 2010
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  5. MarkC

    MarkC Guest

    Not just limited to one website, just random sites. Mainly banking,
    business, web ordering types of sites.
    Mark
     
    MarkC, Jun 12, 2010
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  6. MarkC

    MarkC Guest

    Thanks, these settings were all checked and turned on.
    mark
     
    MarkC, Jun 12, 2010
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  7. MarkC

    MarkC Guest

    Do I have IE8 setup to do cleanup when it exits? Nope... Unchecked.

    It looks like the majority of sites that are not showing the username on the
    autocomplete list are login sites that have https, instead of the usual
    http. Maybe https sites are not included in the autocomplete feature???

    Mark
     
    MarkC, Jun 12, 2010
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  8. PA Bear [MS MVP], Jun 12, 2010
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  9. MarkC

    MarkC Guest

    Thanks for taking the time on this. Really interesting as to why IE7 and
    IE8 won't remember user names on certain sites, compared to IE6 which did.
    Anyway...

    I tried your suggestion #1 and no joy.

    Didn't try suggestion #2 because everything else works fine in IE8 except
    this topic. I really don't want to do a reset and have to set everything
    back again. But curiosity may get me on this one later on, who knows?

    As for suggestion #3, this is a little complicated so I didn't try it.
    Sorry...

    I guess I will have to live with this for now...

    Again thanks,

    Mark


     
    MarkC, Jun 13, 2010
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  10. Let's take another tack:

    We're dealing with WinXP SP3, right?

    Have you ever had occasion to do a Repair Install of Windows?

    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)?

    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)?
     
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Jun 13, 2010
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  11. MarkC

    VanguardLH Guest

    Whether http or https, a site can specify the AUTOCOMPLETE=OFF attribute
    in a field. This requests that the the web browser not cache the value
    entered for a field. It's their choice. They don't want you caching
    your login credentials on your host as a security measure. One, your
    host may not be secure (i.e., you allow physical access to it by
    others). Two, relying on a cached login means you WILL forget what they
    are and they really don't want to be bothered with a tech call to reset
    your password.

    Look at the HTML code for the web page to see if the AUTOCOMPLETE
    attribute is specified in a field definition.
     
    VanguardLH, Jun 13, 2010
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  12. MarkC

    MarkC Guest


    ---------
    That makes sense. I will peek into the HTML code and see what I find.

    Thanks,

    Mark
     
    MarkC, Jun 13, 2010
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  13. MarkC

    MarkC Guest

    Hi, see my responses below...

    Q: We're dealing with WinXP SP3, right?
    A: Correct

    Q: Have you ever had occasion to do a Repair Install of Windows?
    A: Not that I can remember, been using this computer for 3+ years, but do
    plan getting a new computer later in the year with Windows 7.

    Q: What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is the
    subscription current?
    A: Using Avast Internet Security 5, and the subscription is current.

    Q: What anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)?
    A: Avast Internet Security 5, which is a suite of security anti virus,
    firewall etc... protection. Did use Defender sometime ago, but not now.

    Q: What third-party firewall?
    A: No others, just what was mentioned above.

    Q: 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)?
    A: Paid protection using Norton, but stopped using that for awhile. Did
    have MS Live One Care, but it was discontinued, so I decided to go
    with Avast as a replacement.

    NOTE: I started noticing this issue after I installed IE8. Don't know if
    IE7 had this issue since I didn't use it that long before I upgraded to IE8.

    Thanks,
    Mark

    ------------------

     
    MarkC, Jun 13, 2010
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  14. MarkC

    MarkC Guest

    Hi
    I looked for Autocomplete and none was found. Is this the only HTML code,
    or are there other similar codes to look for?

    Mark
     
    MarkC, Jun 13, 2010
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  15. A: Paid protection using Norton, but stopped using that for awhile. Did
    1. Had your Norton subscription already expired by the time you installed
    OneCare?

    2. Did you download/run the Norton Removal Tool before you installed
    OneCare?

    3. Had your OneCare subscription already expired by the time you installed
    Avast5?

    4. Did you download/run the OneCare cleanup utility before you installed
    Avast5?

     
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Jun 13, 2010
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  16. MarkC

    MarkC Guest

    1. Had your Norton subscription already expired by the time you installed
    OneCare?
    [A] NO; Using IE6 at this time, no autocomplete issues.

    2. Did you download/run the Norton Removal Tool before you installed
    OneCare?
    [A] NO; Because I'm still using Norton Utilities, just not the anti-virus.
    IE6 was running at this time, no autocomplete issues.

    3. Had your OneCare subscription already expired by the time you installed
    Avast5?
    [A] YES; Running IE7, autocomplete seemed to work, I didn't notice anything
    unusual, not certain though.

    4. Did you download/run the OneCare cleanup utility before you installed
    Avast5?
    [A] NO; Still running IE7, the problem could of existed, but didn't notice
    it until IE8 was installed after all this.

    mark


     
    MarkC, Jun 13, 2010
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  17. 2. Did you download/run the Norton Removal Tool before you installed
    See...

    Cleaning a Compromised System
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc700813.aspx

    Back-up any personal data (none of which should be considered 100%
    trustworthy at this point) then format the HDD & do a clean install of
    Windows. Please note that a Repair Install (AKA in-place upgrade) will NOT
    fix this!

    HOW TO do a clean install of WinXP: See
    http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html#steps and/or Method 1 in
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978307

    After the clean install, you will have the equivalent of a "new computer" so
    take care of everything on the following page before otherwise connecting
    the machine to the internet or a local network (i.e., other computers) and
    before using a flash drive or SDCard that isn't brand-new or hasn't been
    freshly formatted:

    4 steps to help protect your new computer before you go online
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/pypc.aspx

    Other helpful references include:

    HOW TO get a computer running WinXP Gold (no Service Packs) fully patched
    (after a clean install)
    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsupdate/msg/3f5afa8ed33e121c

    HOW TO get a computer running WinXP SP1(a) or SP2 fully patched (after a
    clean install)
    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsxp.general/msg/a066ae41add7dd2b

    Tip: After getting the computer fully-patched, download/install KB971029
    manually: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971029

    NB: Any Norton or McAfee free-trial that came preinstalled on the computer
    when you bought it will be reinstalled (but invalid) when Windows is
    reinstalled. You MUST uninstall the free-trial AND download/run the
    appropriate removal tool BEFORE installing any updates, Windows Service
    Packs or IE upgrades AND BEFORE installing your new anti-virus application
    (which will require WinXP SP3 to be installed).

    Norton Removal Tool
    ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/english_us_canada/removal_tools/Norton_Removal_Tool.exe

    McAfee Consumer Products Removal Tool
    http://download.mcafee.com/products/licensed/cust_support_patches/MCPR.exe

    Also see:

    Risks & Benefits of P2P file sharing
    http://www.microsoft.com/protect/data/downloadfileshare/filesharing.aspx
    http://blogs.technet.com/mmpc/archive/2008/10/06/the-cost-of-free-software.aspx

    Steps To Help Prevent Spyware
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/spyware/prevent.aspx

    Steps to Help Prevent Computer Worms
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/worms/prevent.aspx

    Avoid Rogue Security Software!
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/antivirus/rogue.aspx

    If you need additional assistance, please begin a new thread in this forum:
    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/xprepair/threads

    If these procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in admitting
    this isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local, reputable and
    independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA or Geek Squad) computer repair shop.
    --
    ~PA Bear

     
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Jun 13, 2010
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  18. MarkC

    MarkC Guest

    Thanks for your suggestions PA Bear, but these are mostly drastic, and for a
    simple issue of the autocomplete list not working correctly I would rather
    live with that, then the unexpected of what could happen doing the
    suggestions below. Since I will be getting a new computer within a few
    months, I will leave things as is for now.

    Again thanks for your time and suggestions on this issue.

    Mark


     
    MarkC, Jun 14, 2010
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  19. I can assure you that "autocomplete not working" is merely the tip of the
    iceberg, Mark.

     
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Jun 14, 2010
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  20. MarkC

    VanguardLH Guest

    MarkC wrote:

    [NOTE: Attribution lines re-added to identify who said what.]
    Between Javascript or using server-side scripts, it is possible that you
    won't [easily] see the attributes for an input control. You never
    identified an example site; however, I'm no HTML/CSS/Javascript/server-
    side script wizard so it could escape me, too.
     
    VanguardLH, Jun 14, 2010
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