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Has my Internet Explorer been compromised?

 
 
Reply Wed 3 Jun, 2009 06:08 pm
I went to my start page's search box to type something in, an with the very first letter, the whole IE screen went opaque. Although everything was frozen, I could still read the words on the page somewhat. An "error? message" came up with the following: INTERNET EXPLORER HAS STOPPED WORKING. "A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available." What happened? What should I do to correct the problem?
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Wed 3 Jun, 2009 06:50 pm
@Woollcott,
Use Firefox instead of IE.

What browser are you using to read this?

Have you tried rebooting your computer?
roger
 
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Reply Wed 3 Jun, 2009 06:53 pm
@Woollcott,
I don't know what is going on, but I've had it happen too. It has never failed to restart, so I don't worry about it.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Wed 3 Jun, 2009 08:16 pm
@Ticomaya,
Ticomaya wrote:
Use Firefox instead of IE.


My main browser is Firefox, but "Use Firefox" is a marketing slogan, not an answer to all browser woes. Firefox is prone to crashing as well and no browser is immune to this.

In this case roger has it right, it just crashed (as all browsers will do sometimes) and unless it keeps happening there's likely nothing to worry about.
Ticomaya
 
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Reply Wed 3 Jun, 2009 11:18 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Robert Gentel wrote:

Ticomaya wrote:
Use Firefox instead of IE.


My main browser is Firefox, but "Use Firefox" is a marketing slogan, not an answer to all browser woes. Firefox is prone to crashing as well and no browser is immune to this.

Sure it's a marketing slogan. I suspect many folks who use IE are unaware of the alternatives.
BillRM
 
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Reply Wed 3 Jun, 2009 11:49 pm
There is a very nice free add on to IE7/IE8 by the name of IEPRO.

I had found it have many features that is nice to have and the price of free is right!
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BillRM
 
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Reply Wed 3 Jun, 2009 11:54 pm
Second comment running any internet browser under the program name sandboxie will add a lot of protection with little overhead.

A microsoft program by the name of dropmyrights is also useful if you are running XP.

Google either for details.
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Thu 4 Jun, 2009 01:18 am
Mine's done it too. I got a box to click for more details the second time it did it, and as I remember it had something to do with an Adobe upgrade that seems to cause glitches. Good work, Adobe, thanks a bunch.
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roger
 
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Reply Thu 4 Jun, 2009 03:02 am
Unrelated, but sometimes I try to load IE and get a message telling me the page I requested is not available because I'm offline. Click yes to go to Explorer. Is that dumb, or not?
BillRM
 
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Reply Thu 4 Jun, 2009 06:26 am
@roger,
Common when you are dealing with wifi even after IE is running and I hit the refresh button if that happen.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Tue 9 Jun, 2009 12:06 am
@Ticomaya,
Ticomaya wrote:
Sure it's a marketing slogan. I suspect many folks who use IE are unaware of the alternatives.


But the question wasn't about whether there are alternatives and the alternative you are recommending just isn't significantly better in this regard (Chrome is far better than Firefox for this, which leaks memory like a sieve).

I really hate IE, it adds about 10% more work for most of my web development and by all means I'd love for people to stop using it. But if I went to a mechanic to ask about a problem with a Hyundai I wouldn't want his only answer to be that Honda is better and I shouldn't use a Hyundai. It may even be right and even be useful information in some contexts but it doesn't fix the problem, and if the user was asking about Firefox crashing you'd not be telling them to switch to IE.

Essentially the "use a Mac" and "use Firefox" is just "use what I use" in lieu of a real answer and it's a pet peeve of mine to see so many simple questions being answered with someone's browser preference instead. Answers should be cross-browser too.

[/rant]
BillRM
 
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Reply Tue 9 Jun, 2009 04:46 am
@Robert Gentel,
I love the fact that IE8 is not completely comparable with IE7 and they had a feature where you can tell IE8 to act like IE7 as a result!
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jun, 2009 01:52 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Robert Gentel wrote:
I really hate IE, it adds about 10% more work for most of my web development and by all means I'd love for people to stop using it. But if I went to a mechanic to ask about a problem with a Hyundai I wouldn't want his only answer to be that Honda is better and I shouldn't use a Hyundai. It may even be right and even be useful information in some contexts but it doesn't fix the problem, and if the user was asking about Firefox crashing you'd not be telling them to switch to IE. [/rant]

While I understand your point here, I'm not pretending to be a mechanic, as in your example. I'm just playing the dork who looks at you driving the broken Hyundai and tells you to buy a Toyota -- I'm not trying to tell you the problem with your Hyundai is it isn't a Toyota, I'm trying to tell you you might want to consider an upgrade of your equipment, for whatever it's worth. I'd certainly hope the mechanics would have better advice.
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