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    Click on any IE icon won't open Internet (WINXP-IE6.0)

    I have a shortcut on my desktop for the internet as well as the usual places to click to open the internet.

    Most of the time, when I click the icon, the internet does not open. I check Task Manager (processes) and it shows that iexplore.exe is running. If I click the icon again, nothing happens, but iexplore.exe appears a second time in Task Manager.

    If I stop the process for these, and reboot, usually I can then click on the Internet shortcut and it will open on the first shot.

    I have run Spy Bot, Ad Aware as well as my normal anti-virus app.

    This behavior has only started recently, and I have not added or downloaded anything new.

    Any clue as to why the internet won't open on the "first" click?

    Thanks for any advice.

    Michael

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    Re: Click on any IE icon won't open Internet (WINXP-IE6.0)

    Does Internet Explorer appear in the taskbar when you open a shortcut?

    By the way, you should install Internet Explorer 7 - it is much more secure than IE6.

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    Re: Click on any IE icon won't open Internet (WINXP-IE6.0)

    Hi Hans,

    No - it does not show up in the taskbar either.

    I will download IE7 later today.

    Any idea why the internet won't open?

    Thank you.
    Michael

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    Re: Click on any IE icon won't open Internet (WINXP-IE6.0)

    Do you have add-ins in Internet Explorer?

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    Re: Click on any IE icon won't open Internet (WINXP-IE6.0)

    I am sure I do. I will check to see if any are "new". This problem only started last week.

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    Re: Click on any IE icon won't open Internet (WINXP-IE6.0)

    What happens if you open IE from the Start menu?

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    Re: Click on any IE icon won't open Internet (WINXP-IE6.0)

    Hey Joe !

    No matter what I use to open the internet, same result.

    Michael

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    Re: Click on any IE icon won't open Internet (WINXP-IE6.0)

    Do you have any non-Microsoft toolbars installed?

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    Re: Click on any IE icon won't open Internet (WINXP-IE6.0)

    You could also try #20 "Restore IE Desktop Shortcut Icon Functions" at Troubleshooting Windows XP, Tweaks and Fixes for Windows XP.

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    Re: Click on any IE icon won't open Internet (WINXP-IE6.0)

    I have the google tooolbar, but it's been there longer than the problem !

    I will have a go at the tweak when I get home.

    Thanks for the advice !

    Michael

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    Re: Click on any IE icon won't open Internet (WINXP-IE6.0)

    Hi Joe and Hans,

    The Troubleshooting Windows XP, Tweaks and Fixes for Windows XP worked (so far)

    Thank you so much for your unselfish assistance. I really appreciate it.

    Michael.

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    Re: Click on any IE icon won't open Internet (WINXP-IE6.0)

    You're quite welcome. Glad that is appears fixed. Thanks for posting back.

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