Identifying the Problem
Using Media Tools 7
Media Tools 9
Window Media Player 8 & 9
Neutering WMP's Registry ability to URL
the Hex Edit Way
Quick Fix for Windows XP users
Nothing Worse than downloading a media clip to
only find yourself in IE pop up URL hell. So you swear off downloading
*.asf and *.wmv files, only to find that you now are getting this
in *.avi and *.mpg clips. Well, the spam-ad masters have noticed a
trick in windows media player. WMP will play any clip it can load a
for, no matter what extension is on the clip. I have yet to find any
mpg, or mov clip that loaded a url that was not a renamed wmv or asf
And if you wish to keep it but remove the url, this is how:
Confirm the file is indeed a wmv by Opening it in
WindowsMediaPlayer, then click on FILE / PROPERTIES / ADVANCED. Look to
the bottom "Codecs
in use:". of this window.
See that despite the "movie.MPG" in the title the codec being used
is WMV8. Now you know the fixes you're about to be shown will work.
Player 6.x and 7
1. If you didn't download and already install
the Complete Windows Media
Resource Kit 7 beta 3 from Microsoft, find someone who did and
get it from them.
This has been tested on 98, Me, and Xp.
2. Rename the clip from the incorrect
to the correct one - in the above from Rene Bus_10.mpg to Rene
3. From the start menu, select Windows Media
Advanced Script Indexer from the Windows Media / Windows Media 7
4. Now find and open the renamed file:
5. Find the URL script in the lower right hand
6.Simply highlight the script, and click delete
on your keyboard.
7. Then simply select save:
8. Close the indexer and enjoy your pop up free
With thanks to and help from Pony in Tampa.
M$ first pulled the plug on your ability to
remove embedded scripts under the guise of "improved content control"
- read Digtial Rights Management. The new Windows Media Encoder 9
download includes four new utilities that replace previous Resource Kit
Media Encoding Script - Enables batch encoding or
automation of routine tasks.
Media Profile Editor - Enables you to create custom
profiles for encoding sessions.
Media File Editor - Trim the start and end points of a
file; add metadata, markers and script
commands (this is the feature you're looking for); and, for multi-channel files, control the fold-down
for stereo playback.
Media Stream Editor - Enables you to split or combine
streams in existing Windows Media files in order to create new files.
Just open Media Editor, insert the file:
Select Script Commands,
and simply remove the url command. to
completely remove the clip's ability to send you to pop-up hell.
Media Player 8 & 9 - XP
again, thanks go to Pony In Tampa, without
whom I would have not noticed this. He reports:
After installing the Win Media 9 beta, I tried
playing the some "mpg" files from a spam site. It refused saying:
The difference in the above is based on
which version of the new Media player you have. Once renaming them to
WMV (the correct extension for the encoding codec) they played fine
except they have scripts in them.
It seems there are some good things in Media
Player 9. There is also a setting under tools to refuse to
Simply open Tools:
Select Options.... then the Security tab
Then unclick the "Run script commands when present" and hit Apply.
Another day away from pop up script hell.
Neutering WMP's ability to URL
NOT for the faint at heart! If you haven't edited your reistry,
don't try this.
The following was done on Windows 2000, but the process should be
the same for Nt and Xp:
(by Download Junkie DownloadJunkie@
When you're playing a media file in MP and it opens a website in
your browser that you didn't want to visit......
2. Create a new DWORD value, or modify
the existing value, called "PlayerScriptCommandsEnabled" and set it to
To disable processing of HTML scripts in Media Player
1. Open your registry and find or create
the key below.
Value Name: PlayerScriptCommandsEnabled
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = disable script, 1 = enable script)
Hey presto....no more websites popping up !
Works on Windows 2K so should be ok for NT and XP. Not sure about
Win9x but give it a try.
the Hex Edit Way
There's an easy way to fix it if you have a hex (binary) editor
like HEdit for example.
1. Open the video file and near the top of the
file you'll see the text U.R.L.h.t.t.p././.w.w.w.
2. Simply change the U to E or anything to stop
it spelling "URL" and you're done.
Sometimes there are two within close proximity so make sure you get
both of them.
Hope that helps.
TL's note: This can also be done using Wordpad in windows - the
URL will still stand out.
Quick Fix for Windows XP
On the very top of your browser there
should be a Mediaa button. If not, use tools / customize to add it
1. Click the
"media" button once and that should bring up the media side panel on
2. On the very
bottom there is drop down menu that has "media options" on it select
the "settings button"
3. Go to the first
option which should say "play web media in bar" UNCHECK it if it's
Now media should play normal on the
media player without the pop ups.
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