Too many IE6 listings in Task Manager

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by rustyfender04, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. Hi all,

    Has anyone ever had this problem? IE6 will not work if it is already listed
    in the XP task manager. After I kill all of the IE6 processes, then it will
    work again.

    I've had this problem for some time now, but I just recently discovered the
    excess IE6 processes in Task Manager. And unless those processes are closed,
    I get sysfader hang messages whenever I try to restart the pc.

    All of these problems started after installing the Feb. 2008, Office 2003
    rustyfender04, Sep 4, 2008
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  2. rustyfender04

    Leonard Grey Guest

    [The problem started in February and you're asking about it in September?]

    Malicious software ("malware") could be installed on your computer.

    Make sure that your anti-malware software is running, then download the
    latest signatures and run a full scan.

    If you don't have comprehensive anti-malware software, I'm officially
    out of things to say to you. Except for this: Install comprehensive
    anti-malware software and learn how to use its features.

    Try scanning your system with /several/ of the better online scanners,
    such as:
    Kaspersky Antivirus (
    Panda ActiveScan (

    Download HijackThis from Run it, save a log, and
    post the log at one of the many sites that support HJT, such as,, and (but not here).
    Within a day, sometimes within an hour, you'll have one-on-one
    step-by-step advice from a security expert on cleaning up any
    infestations—or you'll have a clean bill of health from the volunteer

    Even the best detection and removal software can't fix every malware
    infection. If none of the above remove the infection, you may want to
    show the computer to a professional.
    Leonard Grey, Sep 4, 2008
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  3. Been there, done that...except for posting a Hijackthis log, but I have
    examined the log a few times myself and could not find anything.

    Actually, I have re-installed the OS about three times since February, and
    all goes well until I download the Office 2003 updates for February 2008.

    rustyfender04, Sep 5, 2008
  4. Unexplained computer behavior may be caused by deceptive software

    Run a /thorough/ check for hijackware, including posting your hijackthis log
    to an appropriate forum.

    Checking for/Help with Hijackware

    When all else fails, HijackThis v2.0.2
    ( is the preferred tool to use (in
    conjuction with some other utilities). HijackThis will NOT fix anything on
    its own, but it will help you to both identify and remove any
    hijackware/spyware with assistance from an expert. **Post your log to,,, or other appropriate forums for review
    by an expert in such matters, not here.**

    If the procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in admitting this
    isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local, reputable and
    independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA or Geek Squad) computer repair shop.
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Sep 5, 2008
  5. Thanks very much.

    I'll see what I can do.

    rustyfender04, Sep 6, 2008
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