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Outlook 2003, IE, and XP Explorer hanging up

By pat ·
First Outlook 2003 started to hang as soon as opened (no precipitating factor as far as I could tell) Then IE started same behaviouir and now I can't even right-click on My Computer to see file list. Other Mozilla browser and email client is working. Excel is still working and QB is working. Have not reinstalled anything yet but did remove Google desktop search tool and the indexing function.

Running XP pro on a Dell Dimension X4, 3.12 GHz, 1 Gig RAM

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by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Outlook 2003, IE, and XP ...

..if you haven't done it already...

Your situation may be due to Spyware, Adware or Malware.
Try emptying your Internet Cache* and then doing a scan and clean using either X-Cleaner Micro and/or Ad-Aware. Both are free.

X-Cleaner Micro:
http://tinyurl.com/357tuu

Ad-Aware:
http://tinyurl.com/lvov4

* To empty the Internet Cache - if you are using IE7, open to a browser window, click on Tools, select Internet Options, in the Browsing History section click on Delete and then in the next menu click on Temporary Internet Files 'Delete Files.'
If you are using IE6, click on Tools, select Internet Options and then under Temporary Internet Files click on the Delete Files button.

If you're nervous about removing things found by spyware scanners, you can always create a System Restore Point as a safety net.

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