Virus in IE6 when the enter key is pressed?

Posted on 2003-11-28
Last Modified: 2006-11-17
Strangest thing started happening in IE6 about a two weeks ago.  Whenever the enter key is pressed in a form field, the following events occur.

1.)  The cursor disappears and the focus leaves the open IE window.  You have to click the mouse to get the focus to return to the open window and to continue typing in the form.
2.)  Nothing else visible happens. However, by using alt-tab, I can see that another instance of IE has been opened.  The target for that instance is  However, a window never opens.  If I alt-tab again, the other browser instance is closed.
3.)  The same happens if I use the enter key in the Address box, except that the focus automatically returns to my IE instance once the new page loads.

I have tried to de-install IE6, but it's not on the add/remove programs list, even after I removed the latest Service Pack.  I am running Windows 2000.  I don't know what event may have caused this to happen.  I do run McAfee, and it hasn't identified anything.  I am also running The Cleaner, which also hasn't recognized anything.  

I'm not sure if this helps, but here's the registration info for
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Question by:ArmchairHistorian
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Expert Comment

ID: 9840035
Greetings, ArmchairHistorian!

1. There may be programs running in the background interfering with the operation of Internet Explorer. If you have Norton programs running in the background, temporarily turn them off, including anti-virus, win doctor, recycle bin protect, and clean sweep. Does this fix the problem?

Turn off any firewall or ad-blocker.

2. Perform a repair of Internet Explorer. From Control Panel select Add/Remove Programs. Scroll down to Microsoft Internet Explorer and highlight it. Click on the Add/Remove button. When the IE Tools menu comes up, select Repair. Click OK.

You can also access the IE Toolbar by clicking Start > Run and type

rundll32 setupwbv.dll,IE6Maintenance

Best wishes, war1
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Expert Comment

ID: 9840040
You may be affected by spyware.

1. If you have Windows Messenger Service, disable it.  The Messenger service is typically not needed for home users.

Right-click My Computer and click Manage.
Fold out the Services and Applications option and click Services.
Right-click the Messenger entry, select Properties, and choose Disable under Startup Type.
Click OK.

You should no longer receive messages sent via the messenger service.

2. Use the following scanners to find and remove the website.

SpyBot S&D searches your harddisk for so-called spy- or adbots;

Download the latest updates and run the scanner.

3. Some porn websites redirects links to their websites using your HOSTS file. Do a search for the HOSTS (without extension) file and remove the entry.

4. If still no joy, download HijackThis from Spywareinfo download page

Run the program and you will find many entries. Most are OK. Post the log. I will find the problem for you.

5. For future preventive maintenance, make sure programs cannot just download on your computer without your permission.  From the Internet Toolbar, go to Tools > Internet Options > Advanced.  Make sure "Enable Install On Demand (Internet Explorer)" and "Enable Install On Demand (Other)" are unchecked.
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Expert Comment

ID: 9840809
After that repair and reinstall IE

Repair IE :

Start > Run rundll32 setupwbv.dll,IE6Maintenance "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Setup\SETUP.EXE" /g


Start > Run rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 C:\windows\inf\ie.inf

Reinstall IE:

Description of the Internet Explorer Repair Tool

How to Reinstall or Repair Internet Explorer and Outlook Express in Windows XP


Repair Internet Explorer 6

How to Uninstall Internet Explorer 6

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Expert Comment

ID: 9840812
If nothing works , eradicate IE and download and install from scratch

IE Eradicators:


IE Download (From 2.0 to 6.0) and Service Packs/Patches

IE Download (From 1.0 to 6.0) and service Packs

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ID: 9879916
    We have not heard from you? Did any comment help you solve your problem? Do you have any more questions? If an Expert help you, please accept his/her answer with an excellent or good grade.

Thanks, war1

Author Comment

ID: 9891199
Sorry for taking so long to respond.  I appreciate all of your feedback.  I was hoping somebody would say, "ah ha! That's virus/trojan horse/script xyz, and here's how to eradicate it.

I tried many of the programs on Sunray's list -- none of them found this problem.  I also tried to uninstall IE, but it's not on the uninstall list.  So, I'm going to reinstall the operating system to see if that does the trick.

I appreciate your responses -- thank you.

Expert Comment

by:Mike D
ID: 10035680
Hope this fits in here...
I'm having similar probs with IE 6 fully patched: when i enter certain data (search with google; login to freemail account) for some reason NOTHING happens?!? and i mean nothing: no errors no sep. task... this btw only on other users local account - my account seems unaffected. if i create a new user he has the problem too: browse to i.e. google, enter something, press enter or click on search and - nothing happens?? some links work, some not at all??? i've checked and re-checked all options and security settings and am totally stumped. Please Help.
It's an xp pro machine, both users have admin rights.
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Expert Comment

ID: 10035697
   You may get better response if you post a new question and not piggyback on an existing question.

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by:Mike D
ID: 10035792
will do

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