Unofficial Support for mIRC

mIRC

mIRC is an IRC client with a powerful scripting language and has been developed over a decade, constantly being improved and upgraded with new technologies.

Once you join a channel, you are provided with useful information about it such as its number of users and topic. Public channels are visible to everyone while an INVITE-ONLY channel requires being invited by its operator before joining.

Features

mIRC allows you to access Internet Relay Chat (IRC) servers and communicate with others using text-based real-time chat. It has features such as a built-in file server, IRC scripting, direct client-to-client communication and community add-ons that make this chat program an attractive alternative.

This program is intended to be as user-friendly as possible, featuring an intuitive interface and features that enable interaction among users in a social environment. It supports multiple user accounts and up to several hundred simultaneous connections; its built-in file server enables sharing files amongst mIRC users on the same network; its IRC scripting language offers powerful yet flexible environment for developing your own commands, plugins, or scripts;

mIRC provides multiple window types, each of which features its own system menu for you to tailor its appearance and functionality. For instance, text font size can be set individually in each window which helps ensure everyone on the network can read your messages.

Additionally, mIRC features numerous security and convenience features, such as password-protected mode, customizable greetings, blocking specific addresses and support for SSL encryption. Furthermore, multilingualism is supported within chat sessions via the use of multiple languages in chat sessions.

mIRC stands out with its advanced chat capabilities, enabling real-time interactions between users. It supports various IRC protocols (TCP and UDP), multiple server connections simultaneously and features like private channels, voice conversations and file transfers.

mIRC is available as freeware, meaning it contains no commercial elements and can be easily downloaded from its website. Should any questions arise regarding its usage or features, the program’s official discussion forums provide valuable assistance and support. In addition, its site also features an FAQ list on common issues; should something arise not covered here then contact one of mIRC’s development teams as soon as possible for assistance.

Installation

This page provides unofficial support of mIRC for Windows and features FAQs, installation assistance and general usage info compiled by an individual other than its creators. If your question about mIRC cannot be found here please visit its home page [ext link] where more details about downloading, using, installing and scripting the program are available.

mIRC 7.32 is a major bugfix release with many improvements and changes. Chief among them is an enhanced installer which now provides Upgrade, Full or Custom installation modes as well as checking backups before reporting errors if any fail to install properly. Also included are fixes for script errors, logfile handling issues and various small features which make this update recommended for everyone.

Some highlights:

The ability to display UTF-8 text as regular text works once more across channels, queries and other windows – enabled by default in the Options/IRC/Messages dialog and can be disabled for individual windows as needed. Font substitution/font linking now supports Hebrew, Arabic and other special font languages that need special fonts installed – this allows mIRC to display these languages provided that your computer already contains them installed.

Other: – Fixed the saveconfig() from crashing in certain circumstances. – Changed /ialmark to accept multiple, arbitrary marks instead of only single ones previously accepted. – Addressed an issue which caused mIRC to crash when +q server mode was selected, as well as one in which $sha1() overwrote data stored in &binvar files when saving configuration files with certain conditions met.

As with earlier versions of mIRC, your settings, including your personal license key, are stored in plain text within Windows Registry database. As a result, all of your settings may become lost if your PC is shared among multiple people or compromised in any way; to address this risk mIRC offers the ability to save them as an.mrc file in the same directory where mIRC is installed and loaded automatically when launched.

Servers

mIRC comes equipped with a predefined list of servers that should work well for most users. However, there are various server lists out there and each can have different requirements or settings that might impact your experience on them. Therefore, it’s advisable to explore various servers before settling on one; there are IRC channels dedicated to helping those with issues on specific servers.

mIRC now implements a soft disconnect whenever you exit an IRC server (via the file menu/toolbar/disconnect command). This allows any outstanding server information to be displayed while scripts continue running until it has been read by the server; which usually happens only seconds after your connection was actually closed. This option minimizes network overhead when disconnecting from IRC.

This version contains several significant fixes for issues discovered since the previous major release, as well as some small enhancements and adjustments. Furthermore, UTF-8-based encoding provides significantly increased support for users who communicate in languages other than English.

Also new are a number of minor user improvements: an “identserver” setting which lets users choose which server to identify themselves on IRC; the ability to hide Status windows from the switchbar and a new /window -h behaviour which also enables this; improved script $error handling; an option to temporarily disable global bad behavior through “/setx -gbds”, as well as bug fixes related to using multiple monitors with mIRC;

Additionally, mIRC has now been compiled with Visual C++.NET 7.0 which means nicknames will now be sorted differently; for instance those beginning with non alphabetic characters (like ‘_’) will appear above regular ones. Furthermore, an identifier has been introduced which opens a single file both reading and writing access simultaneously and an extension to dcc ignore has been made more useful; online timer dialog has also been improved so as to present information more clearly.

Security

mIRC uses SSL to encrypt its connections to servers, however not all servers support this encryption protocol. When connected to an insecure server without SSL support, your chat traffic is sent in plain text format that could be read by anyone with access to either server or the network (ISP sniffing). To prevent anyone from viewing your chats without authorization use addons or switch over to OTR (Off the Record) which offers end-to-end encryption technology for more privacy.

Some have raised concerns that IRC is unsafe as your identity travels unencrypted from client to server and then person to person, but most IRC servers won’t reveal your real name unless asked directly; your only real protection in most cases may be your nickname which cannot be used by others; web servers could store this data but this would typically only be released upon court order.

Hackers use IRC’s ability to run scripts to infiltrate computers with viruses such as worms or trojan horses that infiltrate IRC sessions and erase hard drives. The best way to protect against this threat is to always run a virus scanner on your PC and avoid clicking links from channels and chat windows that you do not trust and running unfamiliar IRC commands that you don’t fully understand the purpose.

New in version 7.55:

Addressed an exploit which allowed attackers to execute arbitrary code on your computer by exploiting an error in how mIRC uses custom URI schemes.

Addition of support for the.jpeg extension; improved file handling to only update parts of files which have changed, thus decreasing writing done by mIRC.

Improved multi-byte display in Windows and addressed an issue which caused tips to flicker in and out of view when locked.

Addition of an option to “reload” logs which will upload the tail of currently open log file into channels and chat windows; this should address issues where line attributes were not being saved in logs files. Other changes include:

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