I have WinXP Pro/sp2
, 1gb RAM, using ZoneAlarm free as the firewall and Norton’s Systemworks 2003 (fully updated) as the antivirus. I also run Adaware SE Pro and Microsoft Antispyware, which neither detects any spyware.
After opening IE, and then I go to shutdown or reboot, I get a popup saying that IEXPLORE.EXE will close in so many seconds. The counter will count down, but it does NOT close the popup. I have to do this manually. This will occur as many times as IE has been opened and closed. IE is NOT open when I start the shutdown procedure, but seems to be running in the background.
I have checked Microsoft knowledge base and checked the event log. Both of these say there is no known events of this happening. I have seen in postings in usenet where others are having this same issue, but no one has offered a cause or solution to the problem.
Another issue that I think is related is in Outlook Express. At times when I click a link from either an email or newsgroup, OE will lock up. I can overcome or at least reduce the occurrances of this by keeping IE open.
Any help solving this problem would be greatly appreciated. Thank You