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The Mysterious Case of the Rogue Roaming Browser History - Removing OneView Internet Login

May 16, '15 Comments [11] Posted in Tools
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I like a good mystery and I hope you do, too. I'll give you two versions. First, the TL;DR version so you can just fix it, and later second, the maddening technical details.

See how it flashes OneView Internet Login in the title for a moment?

TL;DR - Why does my Internet Explorer say OneView Internet Login?

If you go googling for "OneView Internet Login" google will suggest things like "...remove." You'll find Yahoo Answers where folks are thinking they have a toolbar installed or a virus because when they launch Internet Explorer they see a flash of OneView Internet Login in the title bar.

To remove it, go to the Star in Internet Explorer's toolbar and click History, then By Site. Find "One View Internet Login," right click and delete that history record.

Note here in this screenshot that the site is http://google.com but the Title is OneView Internet Login. Delete that.

NOTE: If your home page is not google, then find your IE home page by Site, and delete the entry with the wrong title. Or, go nuclear and clear all history.

Delete it from your history

CSI: My Computer - Why does OneView Internet Login show up on all my computers? What is it and why won't it go away?

A year ago or so I stayed at a Hyatt Hotel. Hotels like the Hyatt often use "Captive Portals" when getting you on their internet. A captive portal "captures" your browser's traffic so no matter what site you asked for you'll get their login screen. So you get on their wi-fi, you type googlebing and they redirect you to GlobalSuite.net or whatever to sign up. Only then does your traffic go through.

If you visit a hotel like this and hit it with IE for the first time with a fresh cache (nothing in your history or you've recently cleared your history) the Title that gets saved in the browser database will be the URL of the site you asked for but the title of the Hotel's Captive Portal. Weird? Just wait.

I noticed that my laptop would flash OneView Internet in the title (see the animated gif above) when opening my home page for the first time. Every once in a while I'd go looking for it, search the registry, do a hard-drive-wide grep or findstr but then I'd give up.

Later, though, my desktop at home started showing OneView Internet Login in the title bar on startup. To be clear, that's my desktop computer that hasn't left my house.

Roaming, my friends. All browsers roam things now. They roam passwords, history, bunches of stuff. This record, this cache, this tab, this something was getting roamed to all 5 of my machines. Now every time I open a browser on any machine I own I get a little gentle reminder of how hotel wi-fi sucks and how the GlobalSuite OneView Internet Login Captive Portal is sending a 301 or lousy headers or something dumb. Next time I stay there I'll do a Fiddler trace and prove it. Until then I wanted to find out where this was being stored on my hard drive.

Where is IE History stored? It's stored in a database using a technique called Extensible Storage Engine or ESE. In fact, Windows has shipped this database tech for over 13 years. You can even use it in your apps as a free and fast local database, but no one knows it exists. Over at NirSoft there are a host of wonderful utilities (they are saints, truly, give them money) and one of them is the ESEDatabaseView.

Run ESEDatabaseView and go File | Open IE10 Locked Database (even though you may be using IE11) and you'll be into the depths.

NirSoft's ESEDatabaseView

In a tabled called Container one I found a bunch of history entries:

The offending Entry

There's my first tab, my home page, but I didn't find "OneView Internet Login" or even the word OneView. I searched the while database, every table.

I was stuck here for a while.

Then I noticed way off to the right (like I literally had to scroll off to the right) there was  column called ResponseHeaders with a bunch of HEX.

20 01 00 00 1C 01 00 00 31 53 50 53 A1 14 02 00 00 00 00 00 C0 00 00 00 00 00 00 46
11 00 00 00 17 00 00 00 00 13 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 41 00 00 00 10 00 00 00 00 1F 00
00 00 17 00 00 00 4F 00 6E 00 65 00 56 00 69 00 65 00 77 00 20 00 49 00 6E 00 74 00
65 00 72 00 6E 00 65 00 74 00 20 00 4C 00 6F 00 67 00 69 00 6E 00 00 00 00 00 15 00
00 00 18 00 00 00 00 40 00 00 00 40 E8 3E C4 96 8E D0 01 11 00 00 00 0D 00 00 00 00
13 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 09 00 00 00 00 13 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00
00 22 00 00 00 00 13 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 06 00 00 00 00 13 00 00 00 0A
00 00 00 55 00 00 00 15 00 00 00 00 1F 00 00 00 22 00 00 00 68 00 74 00 74 00 70 00
3A 00 2F 00 2F 00 77 00 77 00 77 00 2E 00 67 00 6F 00 6F 00 67 00 6C 00 65 00 2E 00
63 00 6F 00 6D 00 2F 00 66 00 61 00 76 00 69 00 63 00 6F 00 6E 00 2E 00 69 00 63 00
6F 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 DC 00 00 00 D8 00 00 00 31 53 50 53 A1 14 02 00
00 00 00 00 C0 00 00 00 00 00 00 46 11 00 00 00 20 00 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 00 00 00
00 11 00 00 00 14 00 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 15 00 00 00 28 00 00 00 00 40
00 00 00 70 0D 51 33 D8 6C D0 01 11 00 00 00 21 00 00 00 00 13 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
3D 00 00 00 1D 00 00 00 00 42 00 00 00 1E 00 00 00 70 00 72 00 6F 00 70 00 34 00 32
00 39 00 34 00 39 00 36 00 37 00 32 00 39 00 35 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00 EB 03 00
00 00 00 00 00 15 00 00 00 1E 00 00 00 00 40 00 00 00 3C DC B8 DF 12 6D D0 01 11 00
00 00 1C 00 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 27 00 00 00 00 13 00 00 00
01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00           

First thing I noticed (I assume you do also) is all the zeros. They are mostly not used as if this is UTF16. But I really look for HEX that I know. That means CR, LF, and Space, so 0D, 0A, and 20.

See that there?

4F 00 6E 00 65 00 56 00 69 00 65 00 77 00 20 00 49 00 6E 00 74 00 65 00 72 00 6E 00
65 00 74 00 20 00 4C 00 6F 00 67 00 69 00 6E 00 00 00 00 00 15 00 00 00 18

That's One View Internet Login. I converted from Hex to ASCII/UTF16. There's lots of online Hex to String Convertors where you can just paste this into a text box. I can also put the string above into a PowerShell string and convert it like this:

$HEXDATA.Split(“ “) | FOREACH {WRITE-HOST –object ( [CHAR][BYTE]([CONVERT]::toint16($_,16))) –nonewline }

There it is, OneView Internet Login. The title of the portal was cached along with the original URL (google.com) and the location to the favicon. When IE hits the page it shows what it has and then corrects it as soon as it gets the current title.

image

What's not clear to me is why this never expired. This title sat around for a year, at least. Maybe an IE engineer will read this and answer in the comments. If they do I will update the post with their answer.

The Good News is that if you delete the history record manually as seen at the very top of this post, that delete will roam and automatically fix this issue on all your machines (to be clear, all those that are logged in with the same Microsoft Account and roaming your browser data.

Remember, Dear Reader, the Internet (and your computer and its operating system) is not a black box. Look inside.


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How to set a Network to a "Private Network" in Windows 8.1

May 15, '15 Comments [16] Posted in Tools | Win8
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A while back Windows introduced this concept of public networks and private networks. Basically it comes down to a question of "do I mostly trust this network?" However, it's never been totally obvious how to change this back and forth. There's lots of posts on the internet explaining how, but most are pretty complex with a lot of steps.

The most common reason to want Windows to treat the current network as a Private Network is so you can have someone connect to your machine, either share files over SMB, or connect via Remote Desktop (RDP). I hit this issue probably once a month where I can't figure out why I can't see this machine over Remote Desktop, and it's because it thinks I'm on a Public Network.

One technique is to go to Network within Windows Explorer and try to get this yellow bar to show up.

Network Discovery and file Sharing are turned off. Network Computers and devices are not visible.

Clicking on it will give you a choice that isn't clear to Non-Technical Family Member.

Do you want to turn on Network discovery and file sharing for all public networks? NO

No is the right answer, always. But this is a bad dialog because it looks like a Sophie's Choice.

You WANT to treat THIS NETWORK - the one you are on - as a Private Network. Select No.

A better, clearer way to change a Network to Private Network

  • Press the Windows Key + W to search Settings.
  • Type "Network Connections" and Press Enter

Windows 8.1 Network Connections

  • Click on your Network
  • Turn "Find PCs and Content" to ON. This Network is now a Private Network.

Find Devices and Content

Don't believe me? Bring it up side by side with the Classic Network Center and watch it switch back and forth in real-time!

Switching a Network Private in Windows 8
Switching a Network Public in Windows 8

I hope this helps you out as much as it did me!


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Quake Mode Console for Visual Studio - Open a Command Prompt with a hotkey

January 21, '15 Comments [45] Posted in Tools | VS2012 | VS2013 | VS2015
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Back in March of 2013 when Phil Haack was deep into GitHub for Windows development we were going back and forth in email about how to quickly get into a shell from a specific project. I hate always having to paste in a "CD somedirectory" so I usually use some kind of "Command Prompt Here" right click menu.

TIP: A lot of people don't realize that you can Shift-Right-Click on a folder in Windows Explorer and you'll automatically get a "Command Prompt Here" menu item!

Anyway, Phil and I were emailing and he said (remember that GitHub for Windows (GHfW) was in development)...and I've always loved how the Quake console pops up when you press ~ in Quake.

I feel ashamed I didn't know this, but I just discovered that CTRL+ALT+D brings up the shell when in GHfW. We are considering ways to make our keyboard shortcuts more discoverable. Kind of like the `?` support we have on GitHub.com. We should totally make that a ~ shouldn't we? Like in Quake, Doom, etc.

And they did. When you're in GitHub for Windows just press ~ and you'll automatically get a new command prompt (or Bash Shell or PowerShell) and be dropped in to the current folder's directory. It's my most favorite feature about GitHub for Windows.

I mentioned this to Mads Kristensen yesterday and said we should build this feature into Visual Studio. Rather than waiting, he just created a little single purpose extension called Open Command Line. It works in Visual Studio 2012, 2013, and 2015.

Open Command Line

But it's the hotkeys that make it awesome. Now I'm not sure how I lived without it. Alt-Space and it opens up a prompt right where I need it. Go download the Open Command Line free Visual Studio extension now, and remember, it works in Visual Studio Community which is also free! You can set it to open CMD, PowerShell, or a custom prompt.

Oh, by the way, the overlay there that shows what hotkey I'm using, that's Carnac.

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How to map an Insert Key on your Surface Pro 3 Keyboard

January 13, '15 Comments [30] Posted in Tools
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I'm very happy with my Surface Pro 3 and continue to use it happily. However, the Type Keyboard on the Surface Pro 3 lacks an Insert Key.

Surface Pro 3 Type Cover

For some this may feel like a real problem, but remember your computer (and the internet itself) is not a black box. You can remap the keys if you like. The Windows, via the registry, supports keymapping at its core. SharpKeys is a free little utility that lets you easily create the registry entries you want to remap the keys the way you'd like them.

Here's a screenshot of my registry where I've remapped Right Alt to be Insert. But who wants to edit the registry manually, right?

The Registry is scary

Here's SharpKeys, where I mapped Right Alt to Insert on my Surface Pro 3 Keyboard. Then SharpKeys writes the Scancode Map key for me. Just log in and log out to see your changes in action.

Disclaimer: You can do dumb stuff and mess yourself up if you disable a key you REALLY need. That's why I changed just Right Alt, since I still have Left Alt. HOWEVER, some apps (VMWare, etc) you use may need specific keys, and you'll want to be smart about what you map to other keys.

You can click Type Key and map left to right, or pick from the list yourself as I've done here.

Mapping Right Alt to Insert in SharpKeys for my Surface Pro 3

It works great! Hope this helps you.


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100 Technical Things Non-Technical People Can Learn To Make Their Lives Easier

October 14, '14 Comments [85] Posted in Musings | Tools
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My lovely wife has an MBA, speaks 5 languages, and is currently in school to get a third (fourth?) degree. Point is, she's smarter than me (I? See?) and I'm lucky she even speaks to me.

It seems to run on some sort of electricity

However, she's in a class right now and wanted to record the hour long lectures. After trying on her Windows Phone, her iPad, her Laptop with OneNote she got very frustrated. I gave her a portable handheld recorder and she returned from class with 800 megs of wav files then asked me how to share them with the rest of the class.

This started a long talk about WAV files vs. mp3s, DropBox vs. email, megabytes vs. gigabytes and developing a sense of "digital scale." We talked about pixels and dpi, about 40 megapixel vs a 400x400 picture.

She said to me "there's all this stuff that techies know that makes normals feel bad. Where does one learn all this?"

  • Why does this picture print out blurry?
  • Why is that file too big to email?
  • I deleted Angry Birds but my computer is still slow!

"Knowing computers" today is more than just knowing Office, or knowing how to attach a file. Today's connected world is way more complex than any of us realize. If you're a techie, you're very likely forgetting how far you've come!

The #1 thing you can do when working with a non-techie is to be empathetic. Put yourself in their shoes. Give them the tools and the base of knowledge they need.

I honestly don't know HOW we learn these things. But, I figured I could help. If you've ever answered questions like this from your non-technical-partner or relative, then here's a list of

100 Technical Things Non-Technical People Can Learn To Make Their Lives Easier

Ok, perhaps not 100 exactly. I will add more good tips if you suggest them in the comments!

Size

  • A gigabyte is big. It's not something that is easily emailed.

  • A gigabyte might be a whole movie! If you want to get a gigabyte to someone you could either compress/squish it with some software and send a smaller version of the file, or put it on a USB drive and snail mail (post) it.

  • One to five megabytes are reasonable sizes. You can have pictures this size, documents, and small videos.

  • MB means Megabyte. GB means Gigabyte. Note that the abbreviation 1GB means 1000MB, so always double check and look closely.

  • Backup everything. Is your entire company on your 10 year old computer’s desktop? Look for Backup options like CrashPlan, DropBox, OneDrive, etc. Literally ANYTHING is better than leaving documents on your computer’s desktop.

Files

  • Think about where your files are. Are they in a folder on your Desktop? Are they in a folder called My Documents? Keep your files collected in one location (and below) so that you can easily make backups.

  • Learn to use search to find your files. Press the Windows key and just start typing on Windows, or use Spotlight (Command-Spacebar) on Mac.

  • Don’t forget to hover over things and right-mouse-click on things. It may not be initially intuitive, but right clicking often answers all your questions.

  • If you double click a file and it doesn’t do what you want, in Windows, right click the file, choose Open With, then Choose Default Program to pick a new program.

Privacy

Email

  • Assume that your email isn't private.

  • Don’t try to email more than 10 megabytes. Or 5 even. Many of your recipients won’t get the files. They will “bounce back.”

  • Don’t CC more than 10 of your friends or neighbors. At that point, consider another way to talk to them. Some of your friends may not want their email given to the world. Perhaps this is a time to use BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) so you don't expose everyone's email address to each other?

  • Always think twice when replying. Did you want to Reply To All?

  • It’s a good idea to check for hoaxes before forwarding bulk emails. For instance, look at snopes.com if you think Bill Gates may send you money.

  • If you get an email out of the blue that’s telling you to click on a link to “verify”
    your password, credit card, or other information, it’s a good idea not to click on the link. Instead, open a browser and navigate to your account on the site in question.

  • Never ever send your private credit card number, social security number, or anything personal in email. Ever. Really. Never.

Searching

  • If you put your search term - or parts of it - in quotes, you’ll get more specific results. For instance, “mark hamill” “star wars” would probably get better results than mark hamill star wars.

  • Your search term should sound like the answer you’re looking for rather than the question. So search for “2000 academy award winner” instead of “who was that guy who won that film award in 2000”?

  • If you want to google within a single site, try “site:thatsite.com mysearch” to search ONLY thatsite.com.

  • If you get an error message or code when a program stops working, just search for that number, like “0x8000abcd”

  • Be LESS specific. Every new word you add is narrowing your results!

  • You can search for the original source of a picture using Google Image search and uploading the image. It will find other places on the internet that picture lives!

  • If you don’t want someone to know that you’re searching for something that’s either secret or naughty, use your browser’s “Incognito Mode” or “Private Browsing Mode.” Note that while this may hide your browsing from a specific computer, that computer still has to talk to other computers to talk to the internet. Incognito Mode won’t hide your surfing from your boss.

Sound Files

  • MP3s are squished audio files. Remember the rules of thumb around file sizes when emailing.

  • WAV files are big audio files. You can use a program like Audacity to take a uncompressed WAV and “Save As” it into a Compressed MP3.

Documents

  • PDFs are Portable Documents. They are made by Adobe and work pretty much everywhere. This is a good format for Resumes. You can often Save As your document and create a PDF. Also, note that PDFs are almost always considered read-only.

  • Word has doc files and newer docx files. When working with a group, select a format that is common to everyone’s version of Word. Some folks may have old versions!

  • Big documents are hard to move around the internet. Rather than emailing that giant document, instead put it in a shared location like Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive, then using the Sharing feature of your chosen service, email a LINK to the document.

  • Collaborating with others by e-mailing documents around doesn’t work very well. If you’re sharing a document as recommended above, you can take advantage of their realtime collaboration features.

  • Don’t use a document when you need something bigger. Your small business’ records should probably go in a database rather than an Excel file.

  • In Windows, files end with a file extension like “.docx”, “.mp3” or “.jpg” that determines what program it’s associated with. If you save a file with the wrong extension, it might open with another program or not at all.

  • Sometimes you can’t see file extensions. In Windows Explorer, in the View Menu, pick File Extension to show them if they’re hidden.

Scanning and Faxing

  • An easy way to scan documents without a scanner is to use a scanning app on your phone. This means you’ll take a picture of the document. There are apps that can make your camera like a scanner.

  • If you need to fax but don’t have a fax machine, there are apps online that can take a photo from your phone and fax it. You can also received faxes as photos or PDFs.

USB Keys

  • Never put a random USB key in your computer. You have no idea where it’s been.

  • USB keys can do all kinds of things to your computer the second you plug it in without your even opening a file. Only use trusted USB keys.

My computer is slow

  • Think about what specifically is slow. Often the thing that’s slow is your internet. Are you on wireless? Is the signal weak?

  • Running a lot of programs at once can slow things down.

  • When your hard drive is almost completely full, your computer can slow down. Watch for warnings!

  • The cheapest, simplest way to speed up a slow computer is usually by adding more RAM (memory).

Bandwidth

  • Not everyone has super fast internet. Some people have a quota for the month. For example, my brother can download only 5 gigabytes (remember that’s 5,000 megabytes) every month. I avoid sending him big files and YouTube links.

Security and The Evil Internet

  • Most of the internet is out to get you. If a website looks wrong, it’s likely not somewhere you want to me. The more ads and popups the worse the neighborhood.

  • If you go looking for things you shouldn’t, like bootleg movies, you’ll be more likely to end up in a bad part of the internet.

  • Bad parts of the Internet will always try to trick you.

  • Be aware of advertisements that are actually pictures of download buttons. These download buttons might literally be next to the actual download button you need to press.

  • Always think three times before clicking on a link that’s been emailed to you. If you have to install something or a message tells you that your computer is missing something, it may be a trick.

  • Consider if a web site’s domain ends with a far away country code you weren’t expecting. Did I mean to be looking for a link in China (.cn) or Kazakhstan (.kz)?

  • Microsoft and Apple will never call your house to tell you personally that you have a virus.

  • Consider turning on “Two Factor Authentication.” That means that in addition to your password you’ll also need your phone with you to login in. That might sound like a hassle, but it stops the bad guys in their tracks.

"Space" - Disks and Memory

  • Memory is like the top of your desk - it’s what you’re working on right now. Disk space is like your filing cabinet, where you store things for later. When you turn off your computer, your memory is cleared but your hard drive isn’t.

  • If you computer is “just slow” there could be a few things going on. Are a lot of things running right now this moment? Close running programs, just like taking things off your desk and clear your mind.

  • Rarely will uninstalling applications “free up space.” If you computer is filling up, it’s likely with photos, videos or movies. Uninstalling Angry Birds from either your computer or phone likely won’t free up the large amounts of space you want.

Pictures

  • JPGs are image files that are great for photos. They are squished pictures, and the compression is optimized for pictures of people and nature.

  • PNGs are image files that are great for diagrams and screenshots.

  • Learn how to take screenshots.

    • Press the PrintScreen key to put a screenshot of the current screen in your clipboard on a Windows PC.

    • On a Windows 8 machine, press the Windows Key and the PrintScreen key to capture the screen to a Folder in your Pictures folder called Screenshots.

    • Press Command-Shift-3 to capture your screen to the desktop on ac Mac

  • Resizing images can be hard and frustrating. On Windows, try the Image Resizer Utility to make large images smaller.

  • The funny pictures you find on the internet are usually small in “dimension” - they have a small number of total dots or “pixels.”

  • A picture that is 400x400 in pixel dimension will look really blurry when it’s printed out on a full piece of paper.

  • For a photo to look nice when printed, it should ideally have more than 200 dots per inch. So for a 4 inch by 6 in photo, you’ll want a picture that’s at LEAST 800x1200, and even larger is better.

  • Megapixels are not megabytes. One megapixel is one million pixels. A “3.1 megapixel” camera will actually make a photoi that is 2048x1536 in dimension. This is nice size for printing in small sizes! A photo like this will be about one megabyte and suitable for emailing.

  • Photos matter. Back them all up.

Surfing and Links

  • Often you’ll search for something on a site, then end up on a page called “searchresults.asp.” You’ll want to share that link with your friend so you copy paste it and send them somesite.com/searchresults.asp. But you need to look at that URL (URL is a link). Does the link contain the thing you searched for? If not, your friend won’t see anything. Look for links like somesite.com/searchresults.asp?q=baby%20groot%20doll when emailing.

  • Search results often have a “share” link that will either get you a good sharing link or send via e-mail for you.

  • Always check for the lock in your browser address bar when you’re about to enter your password. Are you where you think you are? Does the address bar look correct? Is it green? The green address bar gives you more information about the company you’re talking to.

  • Is your password “Password”? Consider getting a password manager like 1Password or LastPass. Don’t put your password on a post-it note on your monitor. Try not to reuse passwords between sites. Don’t share your password with others.

  • Don’t reuse your passwords. If you give a tech support person a password and it's also the password you use for your bank, it’s like giving a parking attendant the keys to your house!

Big thanks to Jon Galloway for his help with this list!

Flowchart by Randall Munroe, XKCD 627

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