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 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

    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

    But the problem is probably an adware, spyware, hijackware, trojan
    See these sites for help:
    Dealing with Unwanted Spyware and Parasites:
    The Parasite Fight
    Malware Removal and Prevention Overview - CastleCopsWiki:
    Bugs, Glitches & Stuffups:
    Removing Malware:
    What you can do about spyware and other unwanted software:

    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 Also, some
    legitimate programs such as Spybot can lock the Homepage. Did you set this
    restriction inadvertently?

    Hope this helps,
    [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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