Posted 14 October 2010 - 04:35 PM
About 2 weeks ago I began having some issues with IE 8 (version 8.0.6001.18702) The problems began with when I entered a search term in the default search bar (upper right) and with Google being the primary search provider. An apparent google standard search page would be displayed in the browser window, but when I clicked on any link on that page, I was taken to a different site. The sites were random, but primarily a site wanting wanting to sell something.
If I went directly to Google's URL and opened a search page, entered the same search term, the displayed links would take me to the actual linked site.
I ran Spybot S&D, McAfee AV scan, virus defs were up to date, as were system updates (Windows XP Pro). I also checked all add ons, and deleted search providers and re-install search providers.
Nothing made a difference. Shortly afterward, a new problem appeared. The IE8 browser would open, seem to function fine (other than the search bar issue) and then shut down for no reason after 1-2 minutes. When checking on "more information" about the problem, I could never find the "log" file that was supposed to have been created in one of the Temp files. The temp files naming appeared to change with each instance.
My next atempt to correct was to run Uniblue Regitry Booster. It found a multitude of problems, I allowed it to fix them, but the IE 8 problem remained. After the next time I ran Uniblue, a few problems were found (and "fixed") but now the Safari browser that I was now using had the same 1-2 minute shutdown issue. So I installed the back up config. Safari is working fine, but still having the IE 8 issues.