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Can IE be safely reloaded

By john.l.bechtle ·
I picked up some type of bug off the net and now when I open IE all I can see is the address bar with a totally grey bar above it. I name no menu bar and no button bar which makes navigation difficult. I can't seem to find a fix so I am wondering if it is safe to just reinstall IE. I started to do this and it said I have all the latest components installed and suggested I abort, which I did but the browser is still not usable.

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by BFilmFan In reply to Can IE be safely reloaded

First, use ADAware http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/ or Microsoft's product http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx to remove the bug.

Then run a re-installation of IE.

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by CharlieSpencer In reply to Can IE be safely reloaded

What version of Windows and what version of IE?

Unless you're running W98 or lower, and IE 5 or lower, you can't uninstalled it or reinstall it.

If you're running a newer version of Windows, IE is built into the operating system. You can use Control Panel, Add / Remove Programs to remove the icon only; IE stays installed. Outlook Express is the same.

Another one of Bill Gates' brilliant ideas...

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by w2ktechman In reply to Can IE be safely reloaded

Run Spybot Search and Destroy, and Ad-Awaer (as suggested before). Afterwards uninstall IE (from windows components). This really doesnt uninstall most of it, but it does do a few things (more than the icon itself).
Then reinstall IE and reset the settings.
Also, it it still does not fix the problem, see if any add-ins are running, and disable them until you find the culprit.
I had a similar problem and traced it to the Yahoo Toolbar, it caused an IE problem, was uninstalled, 2 weeks later the same symptoms happened. I disabled an add in for it and it has not had a problem since

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by john.l.bechtle In reply to Can IE be safely reloaded

I should have added that I am running win2k and cannot remove IE, I have IE SP1 downloaded from MS, and would it be safe to re-install that over what I have. I think I have removed the bug that caused the problem, I now have to fix the damage.

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by NZ_Justice In reply to Can IE be safely reloaded

If you don't have to use IE, try using an alternative browser. I recommend you use firefox, alot of IE explots will not work with this browser.

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by pierrejamme In reply to Can IE be safely reloaded

You might try the IEfix utility:
Find it at: http://windowsxp.mvps.org/IEFIX.htm

or:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4467.html

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by NZ_Justice In reply to Can IE be safely reloaded

IF you don't need to use IE, now woul dbe a good time to try an alternative browser, I can reccommend firefox

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