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When I click my IE icon (either the shortcut or the main icon in program files), it sometimes starts, and sometimes doesn't start.

The "launching/not launching" problem doesn't have a starting pattern. When I click 10 times (waiting each time for the window to open) I may get 10 new IE windows, or may get 4, or may get even no windows at all (but no more then 10 windows, thanks god...). In other words, when I click the IE icon, it is not for sure that I am going to have a new window at the desktop.

When I check the Windows Task Manager, in applications tab, it only shows the launced IE windows but in processes tab it also shows IEXPLORE.EXE which doesn't start (or appear). And when I turn off the computer with an empty applications tab, it asks to end the other IE windows which are not at the desktop but running somehow somewhere.

And this problem was there all the time: Before firefox and after firefox. Restarting windows doesn't help. Repairing IE doesn't help. Renewing the shortcut doesn't help. Making IE the default browser from Control Panel doesn't help. I really don't know what to do... I just want IE to open a new window eachtime I click it... Please help me.
 

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Hi and welcome to TSF

Make sure your system is clear of malware - I expect you have run some checks, but it can be difficult sometimes to clean out certain forms of infection, have a read here and follow the advice:-
http://www.greyknight17.com/spyware.htm

Follow through with a clean up of your registry:-
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/regseeker.html

Then run a file check: Start>Run: type sfc /scannow, press Enter key - insert XP CD if required.

Just for good measure, do a defrag on the drive if you haven't lately.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314848

If none of this helps, I would suggest running a 'repair install' from your Windows CD:-
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315341/en-us

If you have had malware that has been removed but left your system damaged, this should rectify the problem - you will need to reinstall windows up-dates.

Let us know how things go.

Peter
 

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Ctrl, Alt, Del, Task Manager.

How many processes?
How much RAM is present?
How much RAM is being used?
What is using CPU % and how much?

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found out why...

I've found out why that was like that (after starting in the safe mode). It was because of McAfee Privacy Service. When I turn the service off, everything is ok for IE. Also it was not logging into this forum with firefox, when this service was enabled. Everything is ok now. But why is McAfee Privacy Service doing so? The service is about leting the administrator access to the Internet and managing cookies. I though that was useful, but it is doing things weird such as blocking IE to appear. Should I let all the cookies or should I keep the service turned off to have IE work properly?
 
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