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Old 11-11-2006, 12:33 AM   #21
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Something you can do to try and restore IE, click on start then Setting then control panel.
In the control pabel, click in Internet options.
Set your homepage to blank.
Under Temporary files, click on delete cookies and wait for the curser to go back to the arrow then click on clear files and wait again. Click on the setting button and make sure Every visit to the page is selected. Set the Disk space to use to around 10- 30 MB and click ok

In the history section, click clear history.

Click th OK button.

When you launch IE, keep an eye on the adress bar, If you see anything come up there before it crashes (besides BLANK that is) then your browser is probably hijacked and thats a whole different ballgame.

Let me know if it worked. I suspect that at least your homepage got jacked to something that doesn't work right on W98 and hopefully setting it to blank fixes it.
Thanks, Tim. I printed out your instructions and followed them exactly. When I launched IE, and typed yahoo.com in the address bar, II got the same " Internet explorer has performed an illegal operation" message. Then, I got really worried that I might have queered Firefox! But it appears to be OK still.

At this point, I don't care if I see IE again. Firefox works better anyway. I have run adaware and spybot and find no spyware or adware problems. And my AVG antivirus comes up clean too, so I suppose it is just some glitch in the Win98-IE interface that is causing the problem. I have never been comfortable with the way MS products want to take over my computer when I run them - defaulting to take over functions that other products had done better. Viewing photos is a good example. IE took over this on its own and does a really lousy job, usually crashing after about 10 minutes of work with JPG files.

My plan now is to run what I have now til it crashes, then buy a new computer. All of my data is backed up. I hope it'* not for another 6 years!
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...At this point, I don't care if I see IE again. Firefox works better anyway. !
works for me I use FF for everything except 1 bill website that doesn't work with FF and for the windows Update; which should be a seperate app imo.

If your not using w98 Second Edition, leet me know and I'll hunt up my SE update cd for ya. Hopefully I can still find it <KIDS!! GRRRR!!>
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Tim, my OS is plain ol' Windows 98. It may be some Compaq variation of the original Win98. Some have told me that Compaq diddled with it to make the OS more stable. All I know is this computer came from Compaq with only a "restore disc" that won't do diddly when you attempt to use it. I do have the certificate of authenticity from Microsoft for the Windows OS, if that matters.
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I can't imagine your wife wanting a new refrigerator simply because it won't keep ice cream hard enough, and it'* "old". I'm sure you're older than the fridge and she hasn't thrown you out. She can consider the ice cream soft-serve.

A friend had a Compaq that lasted forever...and if it wasn't for being too slow for some of the current apps, it would still be running. My current laptop is a Compaq. I know old Michigan Bell, then Ameritech, then SBC and now AT&T used Compaqs for a lot of there computers, too. I also know that some people hate them
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I can't imagine your wife wanting a new refrigerator simply because it won't keep ice cream hard enough, and it'* "old". I'm sure you're older than the fridge and she hasn't thrown you out. She can consider the ice cream soft-serve.
Yeah, I mean, both of us could stand to lose a few pounds, so ice cream shouldn't be a part of our diet, anyway. And how many people can boast a truly retro coppertone appliance in the midst of an otherwise all-white kitchen? Truth is the door seal on that old thing is so bad now that a new fridge would probably pay for itself in 5 years of reduced electric bills.

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A friend had a Compaq that lasted forever...and if it wasn't for being too slow for some of the current apps, it would still be running. My current laptop is a Compaq. I know old Michigan Bell, then Ameritech, then SBC and now AT&T used Compaqs for a lot of there computers, too. I also know that some people hate them
That is my plan....run it til it dies. I suspect that won't be all that long, however.

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