Apps hang while updating
While this is no longer a "Pay Pal problem" it is affecting more users in recent weeks: Google docs does not include http (or https) in embedded links and a number of users are reporting problems with other URLs.
Outlook goes into a not responding state while it tries to process a web bug using a url that is missing HTTPS:.But if the URL were valid, Outlook would happily download the content. it defeats the reason many people blocking web bugs in email: not being tracked when you read email.Until its fixed, any marketer can defeat the blocked external content feature by leaving the HTTP off the URL and track what you did with the message, or display images.Thanks Pay Pal and 2o7for bringing this bug to my attention! Outlook will eventually display the message (it takes a minute or so here.) However, every time you select an affected message you need to wait for Outlook to time out.Other solutions: edit the hosts file to point the offending domain to the local host.In addition to the hangs, another concern is that Outlook is trying to connect to a web address, even though all external content is supposed to be blocked.
I don’t allow any automatic downloads, not even from trusted addresses, but Fiddler shows traffic to 102.112.2O7when I select a message that causes Outlook to hang. When I say "don’t download external content" I don't want you to contact the server.
Outlook thinks the address is a local network address, and since it trusts local network addresses, it tries to connect.
In this case, the URL is invalid, so Outlook hangs until it times out.
Outlook will time out faster with this entry in Hosts. Save Set obj Mail = Nothing End Sub Edit HOSTS file Type Notepad in the Start menu's Search field (or find it on the Start menu).
Read all messages in plain text, or use a run a script rule to convert affected messages to plain text. Right click on Notepad and choose Run as Administrator.
Run a Script Rule Note: converting a message to plain text using this script will destroy the HTML part. (You'll need to enter your administrator password in Windows 7 or Vista).