Powershell hack with IE

I wrote this because I wondered if it could be done. I figured it would be pretty difficult to come up with a Powershell hack with IE but as it turned out it took just a little bingling and this is what I came up with:

start 'http://www.inhifistereo.com'

Start-Sleep -s 5

Get-Process iexplore | Foreach-Object { $_.CloseMainWindow() }

exit

The script opens the browser, waits 5 seconds, then closes the page. Pretty simple I know but I’ll be expanding on this script more in the future. Some possibilities/uses could be:

  • Check a web page for content then send an email depending on what’s found
  • Keep VPN connection open
  • Check if a website is up

I went even farther as to add it to the Task Scheduler and have it run every 30 minutes. There are plenty of blog posts out there outlining how to create a Task in Task Scheduler, but the small hiccup I ran in to was how to run Powershell from the Scheduler.

When you get to the Actions tab add the path to Powershell:

C:WindowsSystem32WindowsPowerShellv1.0powershell.exe

The “Add arguments” section is where you add the command and path to your .ps1 file:

-Command “& [path to your file without brackets]”

The possibilities are pretty endless here. I don’t know if anyone else will find this useful but I know I will use it.

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