My Internet Explorer 6 is not functioning properly. Symptoms include the inability to access web shortcuts or to use the address bar for navigation without IE6 freezing and eventually crashing. Also, anything involving opening web pages in additional browser windows results in a freeze-and-crash. I am certain that this problem is not due to malware or viruses. (Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Norton find nothing; In general, the computer runs great, internet activities are still a breeze with Firefox 3, and IE6 browsing is possible, although horribly frustrating, given the above constraints.)
For my work, I was required to upgrade from Windows XP Home to XP Professional. I was using Internet Explorer 7 at the time and have since found that not having uninstalled IE7 first has likely caused my IE6 problems.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917964/
Upgrading to IE7 again works fine, but unfortunately, I am also now required by my work to run IE6 . I have used many methods to restore, repair, and reinstall IE6 - including an in-place reinstallation/repair of XP Professional without IE7 on my computer.
Despite a .dll-resetting method and various light system tinkering, my extremely helpful and motivated under-warranty support wasn't any more successful.
I would prefer to stay away from registry files, but my absolute last resort is a complete fresh XP install. (FYI: All XPs involved are SP2.)
Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions anyone offers.