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    Instance of IE in memory (IE 6, XP Pro SP3)

    I've relatively hit a strange problem. I may have had it for awhile, but I've only recently figured out what is causing it (but not how it starts).

    I'll double-click my IE shortcut and nothing happens. So of course I try it again. Sometimes I notice I'm having strange problems with other programs. I can't seem to close them, or they don't seem to properly refresh the screen.

    I'll open Task Manager, and there is an instance of IE running. I delete it, and all of a sudden everything works. The other instances of IE I wanted start appearing. All the other programs now work fine, etc. I'm not sure if there was somehow an instance of IE left in memory from before (what I suspect), or if my first "double-click" didn't properly load.

    MSKB had an article which described a somewhat similar situation; but I think it was an XP SP1 problem and the resolution was getting new SP (and I already have SP3).
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    Re: Instance of IE in memory (IE 6, XP Pro SP3)

    Do you have add-ins such as the Google toolbar? I had some trouble with IE7 recently, and uninstalling the Google toolbar solved it.

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    Re: Instance of IE in memory (IE 6, XP Pro SP3)

    Nope, it is pretty much a "plain-vanilla" version. No add-ins that I'm aware of, except for Norton Anti-Virus stuff.

    I think I'm just going to have to get into the habit of checking Task Manager before trying to start IE to see if it is left-over from a prior run or not loading the new instance properly. In Task Manager, it doesn't show it on the Applications tab, but it does appear on the Processes tab.
    Mark Liquorman
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