IE6 shortcut and .exe don't open IE6

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Popeye, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. Popeye

    Popeye Guest

    Hi everyone

    I have XP Pro SP2 and my IE6 has developed odd behaviour. It started a
    couple of weeks ago without any installations, registry tweaks etc. My AV
    scan shows nothing.

    I can't open IE6 by clicking the shortcut, nor will it open if I go directly
    to iexplore.exe in C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer. I can open it
    however, if I type www.google.co.uk at Start>Run. A further oddity is that I
    can't change the home page once it has opened. I go to Tools>Internet
    Options and try to apply the current page but I can't.

    I'm not sure if IE6 is corrupted in some way or if the problem may be within
    the registry.

    Does anyone have any idea about what's happening and how I can get IE6 to
    open as it should from a shortcut or by clicking directly on the .exe file?

    Thanks for your time and patience.
     
    Popeye, Feb 15, 2006
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  2. Popeye

    Don Varnau Guest

    Hi,
    Both of these problems point to third-party software, toolbars, BHOs, etc.-
    probably malware.

    From IE> Tools> Manage add-ons. Disable add-ons to see if one of them is the
    culprit.

    But the problem is probably an adware, spyware, hijackware, trojan
    infection.
    See these sites for help:
    Dealing with Unwanted Spyware and Parasites:
    http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
    The Parasite Fight http://www.aumha.org/a/quickfix.htm
    Malware Removal and Prevention Overview - CastleCopsWiki:
    http://wiki.castlecops.com/Malware_Removal_and_Prevention:_Overview
    Bugs, Glitches & Stuffups: http://www.mvps.org/inetexplorer/Darnit.html
    Removing Malware:
    http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Removing_Malware
    What you can do about spyware and other unwanted software:
    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/spywarewhat.mspx

    It's a bandaid- it won't remove malware, but you may be able to change your
    Homepage by running the REG file UnlockHomePage.reg in the Various Registry
    Fixes section at http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm Also, some
    legitimate programs such as Spybot can lock the Homepage. Did you set this
    restriction inadvertently?

    Hope this helps,
    Don
    [MS MVP- IE]
     
    Don Varnau, Feb 15, 2006
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  3. Popeye

    Popeye Guest

    Many thanks Don. I have been doing a bit of investigating and came round to
    the idea that it might relate to malware. I'll follow the guidance that you
    have posted.


     
    Popeye, Feb 15, 2006
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