IE 6 Opens On Its Own

by on December 13, 2007

Q: I have been dealing with this problem for a long time. I have IE 6.0, running on Windows XP. I use the IE icon to open my browser. Once it opens everything is great. I have run several malware/adware/virus/worm/trojan protecting software programs everyday. My problem is that new sessions of IE open on their own. But only after I first start the browser. Is there any way to set IE to only open sessions when I ask it, not automatically by some internet source?

A: Hello there! I am sorry to hear that you are having problems with IE 6 opening repeatedly on its own. Even though you run several security applications, I would still bet that the browser is opening on its own because of a virus or malware. Despite your repeated running of an anti-spyware program, the virus or malware is most likely replicating and reinstalling itself on your machine.

It is good to see that you ware running an anti-virus application; the Web is a dangerous place filled with Trojans, malware and spyware just waiting to infect your system. However, running anti-spyware software in itself is not enough; you need to make sure that your program is as updated as often as possible, usually every day, and more often if there is an outbreak of some sort on the Internet. So make sure that you update your anti-virus software.

Next, I would run another anti-spyware program. My favorite is Spybot. It seems to do a very thorough job of cleaning all of the gunk from your system. It has never let me down. Download Spybot from the Web. is a trusted, secure site for downloading applications like this. Since you are already familiar with running anti-virus software, Spybot should be a piece of cake for you. Simply download the software and follow the directions. You will be amazed at the things that Spybot finds on your computer.

Next, if it has been awhile since you have visited your computer’s security settings, now is a great time to take a look. In your Control Panel, select Internet Options. Here, click the Security tab. Take a gander to see what is going on here. Make sure that your security settings are set above the minimum level; I like to set mine at a Custom level, so that I can configure the settings to allow the traffic to move exactly like I want.

Since you are using Internet Explorer, I would seriously consider moving to another browser. Most spyware or malware, basically all “bad” programs are written for Internet Explorer; programmers tend to leave the other browsers out of the loop because they have fewer users. So by using the most common web browser, you are putting yourself at risk for infection. Download Firefox or Netscape. Trust me, your security risk will dramatically decrease.

I hope this information helps! Good luck!

One Response to “IE 6 Opens On Its Own”

    Here is the configuration of security software that I recommend:

    Firewall: Comodo(

    Anti-Spyware: Anti-Keylogger( as permanent protection and Ad-Aware( for scanning

    Anti-Virus: NOD32(

    This should protect you from all the internet threats.