Extracting Internet Explorer session information from VB

Hi Experts!!!

Just wondering if anyone has any idea of the best way to
1. check if Internet explorer is running from VB (v.6) - I've looked up the environment variables and there isn't an obvious way to check processes to see if "IEXPLORE.EXE" is running.
2. if IE is running, I want to extract the URL to find out where the user is.
3. If IE is NOT running, I want to trigger a new IE session. - I have had a play with the Internet explorer object available in VB, but I need users to toggle between the VB form, and enter info while looking at the explorer window. This object appears to only allow users access to one or the other, not both at the same time.
4. I also want to send users to a particular URL.

It sounds like such a simple process!!! But I have no idea how to go about it...

Thanks for your help!

tio717Asked:
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TheQuestionCommented:
Code for Seeing if Ie is running :

 http://www.freevbcode.com/ShowCode.ASP?SearchString=dfreeze&ID=3561

To launch if not there:

Private Declare Function ShellExecute Lib _
"shell32.dll" Alias "ShellExecuteA" _
(ByVal hwnd As Long, _
ByVal lpOperation As String, _
ByVal lpFile As String, _
ByVal lpParameters As String, _
ByVal lpDirectory As String, _
ByVal nShowCmd As Long) As Long

Private Sub URL_Click()

Dim iret As Long

' open URL into the default internet browser

iret = ShellExecute(Me.hwnd, vbNullString, _
"http://www.microsoft.com", vbNullString, _
"c:\", SW_SHOWNORMAL)

End Sub


and im currently searching for the extraction
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tio717Author Commented:
That little function listed above is so effective! It actually checks if explorer is running, if it is, launches the appropriate URL, and if not, launches a new session! I can't believe how easy that was!

Thankyou!
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