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IE ignores hyperlinks with "target" parameter

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For some unknown reason, my Internet Explorer 6 has suddenly decided to ignore any hyperlink that has a "target" parameter in it (i.e. a link that would open in another window). This is for any and every web page I have tried. For example, clicking this link, within a site, works fine:

<a href="whatever.html">Click Me</a>

However, this one does not:

<a href="whatever.html" target="_blank">Click Me</a>

The mouse cursor turns to a hand when it floats over the hyperlink, but clicking it does absolutely nothing.

Similarly, if I select *ANY* link on *ANY* page, right click it and select "Open in New Window", nothing happens.

Nothing has been installed, uninstalled or changed on this W2K SP2 IE6 PC for weeks. Rebooting has no effect.

Any ideas?
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Question by:ScottNero
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Try this got to Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs and find the one listed for IE6. Now click on it and then on the button marked "Change/Remove" a window will appear with a couple of options. One of which is "Repair...". Give this a try ans see what happens.


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BTW have you or someone else changed any of the IE security settings?
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by:GUEEN
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Try this:
go to Start | run
and type
Regsvr32 URLMON.DLL
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by:AvonWyss
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I had exactly the same problem myself. I also did the things that CrazyOne and shekerra are now suggesting, but to no avail. Other side-effects are:
* Clicking on a hyperlink in Outlook/Outlook express does nothing.
* HTMLHelp dowsn't always work.
* Some installers (expecially newer InstallShield) will abort when started saying that a module is missing.

The problem started on my computer after the domain policy was changed when the PC was applying the changes. I suppose that some registry setting combination was leading to this.

Then, suddently, the problem disappeared. I know what I did when it disappeared, but I have no idea if this was what fixed it. But be my guest and try it: download the "Windows 2000 Level I Security Scroting Tool" from http://www.cisecurity.org and install it. Make sure that all IE windows are closed. Run the security tool it once and have it examine your system. Now, if you are as lucky as I was, the system will be OK again.
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Btw, this should be considered a hard question ;-))
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by:ScottNero
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Thanks! This fixed it!
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