Popup blocker issue with sharing YouTube in Bing search results

On my Dell T7400 running Windows 8 (Pro), in Internet Explorer 10 (desktop) on www.bing.com I entered the term Great Plains software as the search string, clicked on Videos on the top menu bar, and clicked the following hit in the results:

Great Plains software – Bing Videos

Tried to share the video



Clicked on the More option in the flyout toolbar in the embedded YouTube player:


When I click on More I get a message at the bottom of Internet Explorer that a popup from www.bing.com was blocked.


Message: Internet Explorer blocked a pop-up from www.bing.com.

Restart IE, clicked on Allow once, same thing.

Options for this site button w/ drop down gives you More settings.


Added sites to Privacy settings under Per Site Privacy Actions dialog from clicking the Sites button under the Privacy tab in Internet Options.







Refreshed (F5) on the page. Same thing.

Sites are also in Trusted Sites zone with default (factory) settings.

Cross-site scripting message in notification bar

Very common message. I’ve been seeing this for a while. Pops up at the bottom of the Internet Explorer window. In the notification bar.



The hyperlink (URL) that I had opened to trigger the above message is the following:


I’m pretty sure that http://www.howstuffworks.com or http://howstuffworks.com (without the www.) was added to the Trusted Sites zone but fairly certain that http://electronics.howstuffworks.com is not.

I tried adding the following URL to the Trusted Sites zone in Internet Explorer 10.


imageTools, Internet Options, Security tab, Trusted Sites, Sites, Add button

In my case, the address http://electronics.howstuffworks.com is pre-populated (already there) in the Add this website to the zone box. So I just had to click the Add button and the Close button in the lower right of the Trusted Sites dialog box.


Then OK:


Same message

Internet Explorer has modified this page to help prevent cross-site scripting.

If you’re in a corporate, locked down environment, the only thing you can do at this point is modify the Internet Explorer settings. But many organizations do control or govern their systems, including Windows and its native web browsing application, Internet Explorer. The best thing I can offer to any end-user (information worker) having this message is to simply click on the x on the right of the message bar at the bottom of Internet Explorer.



internet explorer 9 messages at bottom


Internet Explorer 9 Notification bar: frequently asked questions

Can I ignore notifications?

Yes. The bar might be displayed until you navigate to a new webpage or click the Close button. For notifications involving security or privacy, Internet Explorer automatically takes the most secure action, and allows you to take less secure actions if you’re confident they won’t put your computer or information in danger.



Click the x to ignore the message and close the notification bar. The bar should [I think] also simply close itself if you do nothing, within like 5-10 seconds.


Microsoft Answers

How do I prevent Internet Explorer from modifying pages for cross-site scripting? Under the security tab for IE8 there is a new Scripting Section for XSS Filter, Disable it and the issue goes away.


I don’t ever touch this setting unless there’s some business justification or an RFP (request for proposal) outlining why it’s feasible to disable that setting. However, if you’re not at work and just in the context of a home computer, not used for business, then I’d suggest do it only if you understand what it does.

For more on the [Cross Site Scripting] XSS Filter, read the following articles:

More Information

MSDN Library

Event 1046 – Cross-Site Scripting Filter


Windows Help

Cross-site scripting filter

Information workers, home, and end-users

High disk activity suspected in Music app playback skipping

Resource Monitor

The song I was just listening to started skipping and I don’t know exactly why. Just that the only thing in Resource Monitor that I could find is a spike like the ones above. Particularly the second highest spike in disk activity.

If it’s disk activity then it would be either:

  • Samsung hard drive
  • External Maxtor USB drive

I always suspect the external to be the bottleneck based on previous experiences with performance lags on Windows 8.


Close all apps. If that doesn’t work, try logging off [Windows] by going to Start and clicking on your name on the upper right, then click Sign out:

Press the Start key on the keyboard, swipe from the right [if you’re on a tablet], or


Click Sign out to log off your user account. This will terminate the current user session and start you off with a clean slate in terms of what Windows loads from the user profile when you login. It saves a reboot and thus less wear and tear on moving parts like hard disks if you don’t have a solid state drive (SSD).

  • Close apps
  • Log off
  • Reboot
  • Shut down

If I really want to go the extra mile I’ll disconnect the drive and test. But it probably won’t get to that. The drive, I believe, is USB 2.0. Will need to verify that later.

Root Cause


Ran into the issue again today and noticed the song is still downloading. I’m not sure if the song yesterday was having the same problem.


Receive/Transmit appears fine for a 10MB Ethernet connection. The bottleneck is in the cross connect cable from the computer’s NIC to the DSL Actiontec modem

WWAHost.exe is the process I check under the Overview tab in Resource Monitor.


When I check that I’ll also get another process in the Network tab that I’ll check called BackgroundTransferHost.exe.


Don’t think it’s a network issue on my end since regular internet is working and the TCP Connections and Network counters appear normal (above). It’s either with the ISP and/or XBOX in the cloud.

The only thing I could see Windows developers do to remedy situations like this would be to better buffer the packets as they come down. But in this case it’s just easier to play another song and wait for the song to download. In this case, I waited until the download box disappeared. Then it played fine without skipping.


Wait for song to download. You can play another song in the meantime. Once the download box disappears go back to the song exhibiting the problem earlier and play.

Circadian rhythm and business process

Scheduling > Messaging

Scheduling is greater than messaging

Business processes now these days make me think of the term circadian when you contrast and compare it to the word rhythm. When I checked my Webster’s New World Dictionary just now it mentions the 24-hour cycle we have classified as a united defined as a day.

imageOutlook 2013 icon in desktop mode on Windows 8 [Professional]




This is why scheduling and messaging are so important when it comes to technology and applications.

imageMessaging and Mail apps on the Start menu in Windows 8




In the Outlook [MSFT] world, at least, the following rules apply:



Calendar; your daily appointments. Tasks; events that need to be done but may not have a hard and fast start or finish. It’s not a meeting or appointment where you have to block off time to let people know. Operating systems [Linux/Mac/UNIX/Windows] on top of everything in Outlook and the server Exchange or other source [3rd party] have scheduling as well. Outlook should handle all the stuff on the client side so an end-user should never need to know scheduling on the server. But Outlook will retrieve information from the email server (e.g. Exchange, SunOS, Webmail). Sometimes it’s easier to go with a web browser approach if you don’t need all the rich features.


Electronic mail; or as some call it, e-mail (email); depending on your preference, is simply the way you open, read, and dispose of [delete] the


Outlook handles both. But Outlook also handles a lot. I like to promote Outlook but only because it has such a robust [many] set of business features on the client side it’s a good sell. The negative, however, is that it’s a major performance bottleneck in terms of resource consumption. The workaround, technically, is to simply exit Outlook and free up resources.

You may ask “why didn’t you put messaging (email) first?”

Simple, e-mail is less important over the course of time. And the more you have the less important they become.

Referring to my point earlier, the web browser approach is sometimes a good workaround. You may save a hardware [memory] upgrade purchase.


  • Scheduling is more important than email.
  • Operating system and the computer [hardware] also handle scheduling.
  • Email is like snail mail. Short lived, ephemeral.
  • Leverage email clients, such as Outlook, to schedule certain tasks or appointments.
  • Set hard dates on deliverables by using alerts.
  • Don’t live in email. Close it when you won’t be using it. Free up resources.
Final summary
  1. Schedule
  2. Message
  3. Presence

One final tip: use an instant messaging client (e.g. Lync) if you close email and set your presence to available. Windows 8 also has built-in messaging app. Outlook also has SMS (text) integration for your phone so you can pull texts from your phone into Outlook. Check Outlook help for more.


If you search http://support.microsoft.com for troubleshooting outlook that should give you a good start on

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