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Can’t Download? Reset IE

Outsmart Malware With This Tip

Sometimes programs get “corrupted” and just refuse to work right, and usually the way to repair them is to uninstall them (Add/Remove Programs), and then re-Install a fresh copy.

One of my more popular articles has been how to repair the hyperlinks function in IE when clicking on a link doesn’t open a new page (if that’s your issue, click here), and this tip goes a little further than that. (To see all my articles on Internet Explorer, click on “IE 7″ in my Categories widget.)

You can resolve many troublesome IE issues by “resetting” it (which also re-registers .dll’s).

[note: Export your Favorites to a file on your Desktop first, and then Import them again after the repair.]

For IE 7 and 8:
Click on “Tools” and then “Internet Options”.
On the Advanced tab, and then click the “Reset” button.

For IE 6:
[note: I highly, sincerely, and ardently, urge you to stop using IE 6, and switch to 7 or 8, or Firefox 3, or Avant, or whatever. Please? IE 6 is only the most hacked piece of software ever!]

a: Click Start, click Run, type “%systemroot%\inf” (no quotes) and then press Enter.
b: Find the Ie.inf file that is located in Windows\Inf folder.
c: Right-click the Ie.inf file, and then click Install.
d: Restart the computer when the file copy process is complete

Today’s free link: A fellow tech blogger asked for an interview to post on his website. If you’re interested, you can read it here.

Today’s free download: In one of the tips above, I mentioned Windows’ Add/Remove Programs tool (found in your Control Panel) which is the standard method for uninstalling programs from your machine. Long-time Windows users can attest that this utility doesn’t always work as it should, and completely remove all traces of the app you want gone. To really remove a program, you may want the power of a 3rd-party uninstall program, and the one that’s most recommended in the Geek community is Revo Uninstaller (also available in a portable version).

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  1. TechPaul,

    You just taught me another trick… Thanks for the tip!

    Also, I just previewed your interview (at timmyjohnboy) and left a comment on that site as well.



    Comment by whatsonmypc | April 23, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

      TimmyJohnBoy may be a “different” sort of name for a tech-oriented website, but I always find it interesting and well-written, so I didn’t mind answering his questions. It’s worth a look-see.


      Comment by techpaul | April 23, 2009 | Reply

  2. Tech Paul,

    Thanks for the info, I have had this computer tucked away in a corner for over a year. I wasn’t able to connect to the Internet, and had updated firmware, software and was about to do a reinstall. Even had a guy that is a computer tech for the local school system, look at it.
    Your article for resetting IE did the trick.
    Thanks so much for the info.



    Comment by Wayne | December 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Wayne,
      Thanks for letting me know my writings helped out.


      Comment by techpaul | December 13, 2010 | Reply

  3. my computer not connect to my broadband connection other pc is working my lan and wan is ok

    wifi showing limited access


    Comment by faris | June 24, 2014 | Reply

    • faris,
      So it sounds like the trouble is with the one PC’s wireless.
      If it worked yesterday, and today it’s not, what changed? If you recently made any changes to your router, undo them. If you recently installed software on the PC, uninstall it. If that doesn’t solve your trouble, try these steps one at a time, in order.
      1) Check the wireless adapter’s network settings (including wifi password).
      2) Try temporarily disabling any firewall.
      3) Run Malwarebytes AntiMalware (download from cnet)
      4) Uninstall/reinstall the wireless adapter.
      5) reset the TCP/IP stack.


      Comment by techpaul | June 24, 2014 | Reply

    • You’re welcome, faris.


      Comment by techpaul | June 25, 2014 | Reply

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