Runtime error when opening IE 6

By zippy
Sep 25, 2005
  1. I am running Windows 98 SE, and have been using Internet Explorer 6 for some time without any problems. However, now, when I try to open IE, I get an error message from the Microsoft Visual C++ Library saying:

    Runtime Error!


    This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way. Please contact the application's support team for more information.

    Of course, I can't find anything on the MS site that helps, and I don't want to pay $35 for help. I've tried reinstalling IE 6 Service Pack 1 from Firefox (which I also use) and it doesn't clear the problem. I tried to uninstall IE, but the Add/Remove program won't let me do that (not that I can tell anyway). I also tried to use the Add/Remove program to repair IE 6, but to no avail. Does anybody know what the heck I can do so I can get IE 6 to run? I still need it to use certain web sites properly. Any help would be appreciated.

  2. meatologist

    meatologist TS Rookie Posts: 134

  3. choopoon

    choopoon TS Rookie

    IE runtime error...

    check if you have Google toolbar Installed....
    uninstall it and check if u get the same error msg.
  4. rjsteve

    rjsteve TS Rookie

    In a related problem, my Internet Explorer won't start about half the time. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't.

    I'm running XP. When IE doesn't start, then I have trouble shutting down (getting a message that IE is not responding).

    I looked at for a place to re-install or repair IE 6 and found nothing. Any suggestions?
  5. choopoon

    choopoon TS Rookie


    have you scanned your pc to check if it is infected with Spyware/Adaware?
    use Ad-aware from
    and then use X-cleaner from

    that should give you some idea. when scanning with X-cleaner make sure when you are prompted to creat a restore point; click on NO.

    hope that helps...
  6. meatologist

    meatologist TS Rookie Posts: 134

    The ability to Repair Internet Explorer does not exist in the version that
    ships with Windows XP. This feature only becomes available after you
    upgrade to a newer version. This is normal and has been this way since
    Windows 98 and IE4.

    However, you can reinstall IE in Windows XP by clicking Start, Run and
    entering the following command:

    rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132

    *You will need to have your XP CD available*.

    Some people have problems with the command line above. A small VB Script
    that will execute the command for you can be downloaded here at Save the file to
    your hard drive and double click it to run IE Setup
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