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IE6 hiding on my Computer

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Bob Fay, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. Bob Fay

    Bob Fay Flightless Bird

    I have installed IE8 and it seems to work properly. After creating a
    shortcut for a page, using the shortcut causes a IE6 browser to open before
    the IE8 browser opens with the requested page. This IE6 browser is not
    functional. I identified it by removing IE8. The IE6 browser then became
    functional. I cannot find IE6 to remove it from my system. I am running XP.
    Any ideas are appreciated.

    Bob
     
  2. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Are you running WinXP SP2 or SP3?

    Have you ever had occasion to do a Repair Install of WinXP?

    What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
    subscription current? 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 IE8?

    Has a(another) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on the
    computer (e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you bought
    it)?
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002


    Bob Fay wrote:
    > I have installed IE8 and it seems to work properly. After creating a
    > shortcut for a page, using the shortcut causes a IE6 browser to open
    > before
    > the IE8 browser opens with the requested page. This IE6 browser is not
    > functional. I identified it by removing IE8. The IE6 browser then became
    > functional. I cannot find IE6 to remove it from my system. I am running
    > XP.
    > Any ideas are appreciated.
    >
    > Bob
     
  3. Bob Fay

    Bob Fay Flightless Bird

    "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
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    > Are you running WinXP SP2 or SP3?


    I am running SP3


    > Have you ever had occasion to do a Repair Install of WinXP?


    I do not recall doing this.


    > What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
    > subscription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than
    > Defender)?


    None

    What third-party firewall (if any)? Were any of these applications running
    > in the background when you installed IE8?


    I do not think I have any other fire wall.

    > Has a(another) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on the
    > computer (e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you
    > bought
    > it)?


    The only Anti virus is AVG Free.


    > ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    > MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002
    >
    >
    > Bob Fay wrote:
    >> I have installed IE8 and it seems to work properly. After creating a
    >> shortcut for a page, using the shortcut causes a IE6 browser to open
    >> before
    >> the IE8 browser opens with the requested page. This IE6 browser is not
    >> functional. I identified it by removing IE8. The IE6 browser then became
    >> functional. I cannot find IE6 to remove it from my system. I am running
    >> XP.
    >> Any ideas are appreciated.
    >>
    >> Bob

    >
     
  4. Dan

    Dan Flightless Bird

    "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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    > I have installed IE8 and it seems to work properly. After creating a
    > shortcut for a page, using the shortcut causes a IE6 browser to open
    > before the IE8 browser opens with the requested page. This IE6 browser is
    > not functional. I identified it by removing IE8. The IE6 browser then
    > became functional. I cannot find IE6 to remove it from my system. I am
    > running XP.
    > Any ideas are appreciated.
    >
    > Bob
    >


    Check which application is set to handle .url files - it sounds like for
    some reason it has been forced to use the copy of iexplore.exe in the IE6
    backup folder, rather than the correct one.

    --
    Dan
     
  5. Robert Aldwinckle

    Robert Aldwinckle Flightless Bird

    "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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    > I have installed IE8 and it seems to work properly.


    > After creating a shortcut for a page, using the shortcut causes a IE6
    > browser to open before the IE8 browser opens with the requested page.


    Are you implying that you are seeing two windows when you click on your
    "shortcut"?


    > This IE6 browser is not functional. I identified it by removing IE8.



    A better method would be to use Process Explorer (ProcExp) and its
    Crossed-Hairs tool. An alternative would be to use Task Manager's
    (right-click) Go To Process command.


    > The IE6 browser then became functional. I cannot find IE6 to remove it
    > from my system. I am running XP.
    > Any ideas are appreciated.



    Please clarify exactly what you did to create the "shortcut" and what its
    properties are.

    Then, assuming that it means creating an Internet Shortcut (aka .URL
    file) you could also show us the results of these two commands (entered in
    a cmd windows):

    assoc .URL
    and
    ftype InternetShortcut

    E.g. if the latter still references shdocvw.dll (instead of ieframe.dll)
    you could have an explanation for your symptom.


    HTH

    Robert Aldwinckle
    ---
     
  6. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    When did you install AVG Free?

    What anti-virus application was installed before you installed AVG and was
    your subscription still current?

    Was AVG running in the background when you installed IE8 and/or SP3?

    Are you absolutely certain that a Norton or McAfee free trial didn't come
    preinstalled on the computer when you bought it? (Doesn't matter if you
    never used or Activated it.)

    Bob Fay wrote:
    >> Are you running WinXP SP2 or SP3?

    >
    > I am running SP3
    >
    >> Have you ever had occasion to do a Repair Install of WinXP?

    >
    > I do not recall doing this.
    >
    >> What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
    >> subscription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than
    >> Defender)?

    >
    > None
    >
    >> What third-party firewall (if any)? Were any of these applications
    >> running
    >> in the background when you installed IE8?

    >
    > I do not think I have any other fire wall.
    >
    >> Has a(another) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on the
    >> computer (e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you
    >> bought it)?

    >
    > The only Anti virus is AVG Free.
    >
    >> Bob Fay wrote:
    >>> I have installed IE8 and it seems to work properly. After creating a
    >>> shortcut for a page, using the shortcut causes a IE6 browser to open
    >>> before
    >>> the IE8 browser opens with the requested page. This IE6 browser is not
    >>> functional. I identified it by removing IE8. The IE6 browser then became
    >>> functional. I cannot find IE6 to remove it from my system. I am running
    >>> XP.
    >>> Any ideas are appreciated.
    >>>
    >>> Bob
     

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