||HTAstop2003 IMPROVED!!! It's now possible for a "rogue" website to actually embed trojans, worms and/or viruses directly into a web page. In the past, pages that offer seemingly attractive downloads which contain such malware required you to click to start any download to your computer. Now it's become automatic, using features in the Windows operating system known as scripting. These scripts can load programs without you knowing, and then they run immediately. All you have to do is visit the site, without doing anything besides viewing the page. HTAstop acts as a brickwall against these scripts, disabling them so the download doesn't occur. HTAstop protects you against one variety of script, our current IEClean version covers all twenty seven. If you have completely and successfully patched your Windows operating system and have scripting disabled in your system, or are using IEClean 5.50 with scripting access turned off, you won't won't fall victim to this threat. Barring those, it's a good idea to have HTAstop on your system. You can switch access on when you want to use Net-based trusted applications, and then keep it off for general web surfing.
In the new "HTASTOP 2003" release, the entire MSTA program is removed and replaced with the NOTEPAD applet. When an HTA script is encountered, or the machine
is forced to run MSHTA by a rogue site, NOTEPAD will popup instead and display the contents of the HTA script without running it. If you wish to, or NEED to run the HTA script, then ENABLE HTA and then reload the item in question. This latter feature was added for the rare situations where your network administrator or other trusted source needs to use HTA.