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Windows cannot find ixplore.exe


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#1 joshag

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 04:55 PM

When windows shortcut or main exe in program folder is launched I get the same message "windows cannot open c:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe.

I have tried virus scanners and spyware removal tools with no success.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 02:30 PM

Try a reinstall of IE 6 or & whichever you have there.

How to reinstall or repair Internet Explorer in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;318378
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Posted 08 January 2009 - 04:03 PM

I am using xp w/ sp3 ie7. I have tried to reinstall explorer several times but no joy. Windows will not allow me to install ie6 because it knows 7 has been there and will not downgrade.

Thank you for the link but unfortunately I have read it and it does not cover my problem.

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 01:32 PM

Have you treid... to Install IE7 then use these mothods to remove it.

When you uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 6 is automatically restored on your computer. This article describes how to confirm that Windows Internet Explorer 6 is restored properly.

There are two methods for uninstalling Windows Internet Explorer 7:
Method 1: Use Add or Remove Programs
Method 2: Use Spuninst.exe
Start with the first method. If it does not work, try the second method.

This article is intended for a beginning to intermediate computer user.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927177
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Posted 09 January 2009 - 04:15 PM

No luck, still same error but thanks.
Also very odd. I have never tried to do this before but I cannot remove the iexplore exe. If deleted it will reappear almost instantly. Is this supposed to happen?

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 04:19 PM

This program is your Internet Explorer.
Determining whether iexplore.exe is a virus or a legitimate Windows process depends on the directory location it executes or runs from.

The legitimate iexplore.exe should not be disabled,it's required for essential applications to work properly.

This program will be your Internet Explorer folder, which will be located in your program files folder.

Are you certain the PC is malware free?
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Posted 12 January 2009 - 09:27 AM

Problem solved. This issue occured on a computer rebuild after a hard drive crash. I systematically went back and checked every tool or utility that I had installed since Windows was reloaded.

The problem was with Registry Mechanic V8. I chose to "optmize" my system and this essentially caused problems with IE reg settings.

Although I do not favor IE it is a necessary evil when updating or downloading MS patches and updates.

I would like to thank all who offered their help and suggestions to help resolve this problem. I would also like to warn (obvious) about anyone using RM 8 or any similar product altering registry settings.

Thank you,

John

Edited by joshag, 12 January 2009 - 09:29 AM.





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