How do I remove the flashing balloon from certian dialog boxes?

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by sawyer4444, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. sawyer4444

    sawyer4444 Guest


    For some time now when I'm in Internet Explorer v7.0 and I move my cursor to
    a a diaglog box, not all of them but usually search boxes like the one on
    Google, the "Search for:" dialog box at the top of this forum
    page or even the subject line in this New Question, I get a flashing balloon
    message such as "Enter a subject for your post".

    It also prevents me from selecting the box for entry or pasting. Although
    the cursor line displays in the box, I can't type in the box or get the menu
    for pasting or copying when I right click in the box. If I click (left or
    right) several times, I finally get access to the dialog box, if I don't
    click too many times. If I don't stop clicking at the exact point where
    access is allowed, access is denied again and I have to start over.

    Although this doesn't prevent me from doing my work, it is sure annoying and
    slow me down.

    Any help will be appreciated.


    sawyer4444, Aug 22, 2008
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  2. Shall we guess your Windows and IE versions?
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Aug 22, 2008
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  3. sawyer4444

    sawyer4444 Guest

    Sorry -- I just got caught up in describing the problem I forgot the basics!

    OS: Win XP SP3 32 Bit - all the current patches have been applied.

    Browser: IE v7.0.5730.11

    Computer (if it matters):

    Motherboard: ASUS A8N5X
    CPU: AMD Athlon X2 4800+ 2.4Mhz
    RAM: 4096 MB
    HDD: Drive 0 - 2 200GB HDD in RAID 1 Array (C:\, D:\, E:\) Win XP is on D:\
    Drive 1 - 4 250GB HDD in RAID 5 Array (F:\, G:\, H:\)


    sawyer4444, Aug 22, 2008
  4. Which was installed first, IE7 or WinXP SP3?

    Open Windows Explorer to C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer <=this folder |
    Right-click on the file IEXPLORE.EXE | Properties | Version: What version is
    listed here?

    What anti-virus application or security suite is installed? What
    anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)? What third-party firewall
    (if any)? Were any of these applications running in the background when you
    installed WinXP SP3? ...when you installed IE7?
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Aug 22, 2008
  5. sawyer4444

    sawyer4444 Guest


    The verson from the IE .exe file is 7.0.6000.16705.

    IE 7 was installed before SP3.

    I'm running Norton Internet Security v15.0.0.60

    I use the Anti-Spyware and Anti-Spam that is included in Norton. From time
    to time I will use Spybot Search and Destroy to scan for spyware (it's memory
    resident capabilities are NOT installed). I sometime install other spyware
    programs such as AdAware to do a scan and then uninstall it. I haven't had
    to run Spybot or the other programs for many months because Norton has been
    keeping my system clean.

    Norton's Internet Security also includes a firewall. The weekly scans
    haven't shown any malware in months. In addition, my router is tightened up
    pretty good. (At least is used to be, I haven't run a test for quite awhile.)

    I'm positive none of these applications were running when I installed either
    IE 7 or SP3. I don't remember the exact steps I took when I installed them
    but I always disable the anti-malware stuff and other memory resident
    programs when I install something of that magnitude.

    Other memory resident programs installed are Kodak Easy Share, Thoosji
    Sidebar, MS Task Manager, Energizer UPS monitoring software, Amazon Services
    Notifier and Advanced Task Scheduler. But -- the problem is still there even
    when I have unloaded all of these program.

    Any thing else you need?

    I appreciate your help.


    sawyer4444, Aug 22, 2008
  6. IE 7 was installed before SP3
    If I had a Norton application installed (as if!), I'd only install WinXP SP3
    in Safe Mode, and I'd only install IE7 in Safe Mode with Networking.
    Assuming this behavior only started after you installed SP3, I'd recommend
    that you open a free support incident:

    Free unlimited installation and compatibility support is available for
    Windows XP, but only for Service Pack 3 (SP3), until 14 Apr-09. Chat and
    e-mail support is available only in the United States and Canada.

    • US:

    • CA:

    • UK:

    • AU:

    • Other: | select
    Windows XP | select Windows XP Service Pack 3

    Good luck.
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002
    AumHa VSOP & Admin
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Aug 22, 2008
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