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Closing Control Panel or My Network Places or My Computer opens IE to about:blank

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by IeIsBad, Nov 19, 2011.

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  1. IeIsBad

    IeIsBad Thread Starter

    Nov 18, 2011
    I'm having the same problem as someone else described here:


    except I have no problem closing IE afterwards.
    Chrome is the default browser, and I would like for IE to never open for anything.
    And IE only pops up when My Computer is closed if My Computer was launched from the Start menu. I.e., <windows key>-E started the file explorer at My Computer (looks the same except has a sidebar) but IE does not pop up when that's closed.

    I just finished a full MSE scan but it found no malicious or unwanted software.
    IE's possibly related "about:blank" adware infection seems to have been common some years ago but the clean scan should rule that out, right?

    It's again on a friend's computer but if anybody else is interested in getting to the bottom of this, I have his laptop for a bit and can reproduce it at will.

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