Internet Explorer constanty switches to Firefox

By victoria aut mors ·

I've had this problem for a while, but as I don't typically use IE, it's not been problem. I have found nothing searching the web for solutions, but I can't believe that I'm the only person this has happened to.

Whenever I type in an address in IE and press enter, a window opens up and Firefox pulls up the page instead. If I click on a Java link, same thing. The only time IE does not do this is when I click on a normal link within an IE page.
Any ideas on what is doing this? I've reinstalled Firefox and IE, to no avail. IE is set as the default browser--- no help.

I'm running XP SP3.

Thanks in advance!

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RE: "a normal link within an IE page" ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Internet Explorer constan ...

How exactly can you GET to an IE page, if Firefox always blocks IE from opening any pages?

That doesn't make sense!

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You forgot to quote the "not" :)

by victoria aut mors In reply to RE: "a normal link within ...

"The only time IE does NOT do this [open up firefox] is when I click on a normal link within an IE page."

When I open up IE it goes to the homepage. No problem. Then when I click on one of the hyperlinks within the page in IE that links to another page, no problem, IE just goes to the site.

BUT, if I type in the address for that same page in the address bar instead of clicking on a link, IE does nothing and Firefox opens, and pulls up the page. Also, if I click on a Java link, up comes firefox. This last part is really irritating because some things only run in IE.

I tried removing the program files to see what happens. Then IE stops and a dialogue box pops up which says "application missing"-- I'm paraphrasing... that's not a quote.


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Sounds Kind of Viral

by mijcar In reply to You forgot to quote the " ...

My first reaction is that you have a malware infection. Redirecting entries in the "go-to" field are a major symptom of many malware infections; but I haven't heard of one that launches Firefox from IE. (By the way, when Firefox is launched, is IE closed or left open?)

Another major part of a browser hijacking would be that you don't arrive at the destination you selected. Do you also see this kind of behavior?

Even without other symptoms, I would recommend using your own AV program to do a full-system scan. Then on top of that,
1. download the free malwarebytes from and run that
2. download the free superantispyware from and run that

If either of those programs detect infections (other than cookies, which need not concern you here), then you need to get to a website that can help you deal with it. The kind of deep-level rootkit infections that are increasingly pervasive are beyond the purview of most self-help sites. There are some good ones for just that kind of support out there, but you shall have to go looking. Or contact the company that handles your AV software.

If you are certain that it isn't a virus, the only other suggestion I have is for you to launch IE, click on Tools>Internet Options, click on Advanced, click on Reset.

By the way, reinstalling either IE or Firefox almost inevitably re-establishes all previous settings, so would seldom fix the kind of problem you appear to have. The RESET button in IE is an excellent fallback that will accomplish what you want; and there are procedures for accomplishing the same in Firefox, but you will have to find those procedures elsewhere.

I am sorry no one has responded to you in a timely fashion. I hope this is neither too late, nor useless.

Please let me know what has happened; and good luck.

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could it be a 'default application' issue?

by NexS In reply to Internet Explorer constan ...

Could it be that Firefox thinks it's the default browser and you keep opening IE?

Try and change the default program to one or the other?
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