Outlook 2003 links open 2 IE windows, neither works

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cjlord

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I have a new problem on an old XPPro SP3 machine. Links in Outlook 2003 messages (html format) sometimes open two IE windows, one with default page (about:blank) and other other locked into a permanent "connecting". Sounds like a hijack but Hijackthis, adaware, spyhunter, and CA antivirus all show nothing weird. This happened about the time that SP3 installed. What is really weird is that some other html format emails bring up an IE browser with the intended page. I also checked the registry for classes http and https and both go to the proper location of IExplore.exe.

I also looked through the IE ad-ins and saw nothing untoward in the list (although that can always be spoofed also).

The freaky thing is that this is intermittent...

Suggestions? Anyone else ever see this?
 

cjlord

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This just gets wierder and wierder...

I have done a bit of research and found that it is only urls that include the directive _target=blank at the end. If no browser is open, the behavior that I reported happens (two windows, one locked in "connecting"). HOWEVER, if there is a window open, this link successfully opens a new tab in that window and works. A bug in IE? (BTW running 7.0.5370.13)

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i am a beginner. i cant get links to work. e.g. on outlook express email i cant link thro to ryanair but using the browser is no problem altho some links are only slow i.e about 3 minutes. any clues?
 
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