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    Outlook automatically loads (Outlook 2003)

    Outlook is turned off. While in various applications (Mozilla Firefox, Adobe Reader, and Internet Explorer, so far), it turns itself on and whatever application I'm in switches over to Outlook out of the blue. For example, I was in a .pdf file in Adobe Reader and the file just kept jumping over to Outlook. I'd close Outlook and proceed with printing the file and back it would go to Outlook. My Internet Explorer keeps crashing, so I'm using Mozilla Firefox v1.07 for the most part. When I logged on to WOPR, I was forcibly switched back to Outlook several times before I could finally complete the post. What could possibly be causing this problem? (regarding IE, I have v. 6.02. If I type an address in the url, IE crashes. If I do a search and access another site from the search list, it works okay.)

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    Re: Outlook automatically loads (Outlook 2003)

    What you describe certainly is not normal. By any chance is Outlook configured to periodically wake up and check for mail? I don't know whether that is an option. If not, thie behavior does not appear to have a simple, logical explanation. Thus, the first thing to check is your general security situation:

    (1) Software firewall installed and configured with an effective policy
    (2) Updated antivirus, system passes a complete scan
    (3) Antispyware scans come up clean

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    Re: Outlook automatically loads (Outlook 2003)

    Two other things to eliminate:

    1. under Internet Explorer, Tools | Internet Options | Programs tab, make sure you have appropriate priograms selected in the dialog (see attached pic)
    2. You could have munged file associations - test some of those associations which trigger Outlook to open, as explained in <!post=this post,208862>this post<!/post>, correct any weird associations

    The behavior you describe is so bizzare, if I encountered it, without much hesitation I'd probably back my Outlook user files up, drag out my Office CD, and uninstall and then reinstall Outlook. Then I'd probably be sorry! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Outlook automatically loads (Outlook 2003)

    Unfortunately, Internet Explorer is crashing everytime I type an address in the URL, so I haven't been using it much. I did disable everything that wasn't Microsoft, though, and that didn't do any good. My assumption is that it does have something to do with IE. I'm about to go ahead and reinstall Outlook, but am unable to update IE unless I can get to Microsoft's update site with IE. Anyway, thanks for the info. I thought some weird new undetectable virus might be making the rounds!

    dea

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    Re: Outlook automatically loads (Outlook 2003)

    Ohmigosh!! I just figured it out!! My keyboard has a mail button at the very, very top. When I move my keyboard tray, it hits the top of my desk and pushes that little button and opens up Outlook! Man, is my face red!

    Thanks, everybody, for reading and trying to help me figure this one out!!

    dea

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    Re: Outlook automatically loads (Outlook 2003)

    <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> Might want to get into Control Panel and remap your keyboard.
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