Unable to open IE, but can see IE process running in task manager

By rana
Jan 7, 2005
  1. hi
    I am using IE 6 sp 2 on win xp sp 2, It was good untill yesterday,
    then suddenly I am unable to open IE, where as i can see the
    iexplore.exe running in the task manager.
    If i click IE icon again, one more iexplore.exe process has started
    in tast manager but the browser is not opening.
    These multiple processes of iexplore is consuming who of my CPU time.
    And this is affecting other applications like mcafee, yahoo
    messenger. same symptoms are found for those applications too.
    CPU is getting consumed 99% without any application being opened.

    And when i restarted the pc in diagnostic mode. IE was was working

    I am using Mcafee as my security system.

    Hope some one got the solution for this problem and wish to get it
    fixed soon.

  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Sounds like you`ve got some serious Highjacking going on there or something.

    Take a look at the following thread by RBS and follow the instructions exactly.

    How to remove Begin2search/Coolwebsearch

    Might be a good idea to print it out.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    I know that if you use IE and then close it sometimes it doesn't close all the way. I have had this problem with Opera, when my last site I browse to is a certain site. Anwyay, all you have to do is simply go to the task manager and choose to end all those IE tasks, then the next time you open IE it should open ok. As long as there are no more instances running in your processes list. HTH

    :wave:Welcome to TechSpot:wave:
  4. rana

    rana TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Howard

  5. StormyNight

    StormyNight TS Rookie

    This is something you may want to check into. It seems you aren't the only one who is having this issue. There are a lot of people who have had this same problem within the past couple of days.

    EDIT: I know you said you got it fixed. However, I posted the link for others to see and in case you wanted to check and see if there was anything on that link that could prove of use to you.
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