For anyone else experiencing the same problem, I have stumbled across a solution.It is not malware related
After contacting MS and being advised to use the security scanner (http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/howsafe.htm
), no virus issues were found.
I preformed several reboots and in desperation installed IE 8.
IE 8 produced the same error message but with greater details, the new error message hinted at there being a problem with aclayers.dll
(under ModName in the Error signature).
As this (http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/InternetExplorer/thread/d31b23f2-581c-43d2-b787-e6701dcc4e71
) topic outlined, I deleted aclayers.dll
IE was then able to load, however, it asks for the Windows CD to load the missing files. I supplied it and it immediately began exhibiting the error again.
Through more digging, I learned that this error was associated with the Microsoft Update KB955759
. See (http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/en-us/default.aspx?dg=microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general&tid=1fb65a01-5262-4f02-a4f1-01478723b44f&cat=〈=&cr=&sloc=&p=1
) for details.
I promptly removed this update using Control Panel and now it is functioning again...I now need only to go back to IE 6...
I doubt this is now the best place for this topic, hope it helps those with this problem in the future.