Web pages show source code only

Posted on 2005-04-28
Last Modified: 2012-06-21

Win98 1st ed

Most web pages work fine, a few show up as text - the source code is shown, the code is not executed, just a bunch of html, etc. Otherwise the pc seems to work OK. I also notice that email in OE shows up as text with html tags.

I did a complete spy and virus scan, found a few things and cleaned up, but no fix. I tested for Java JRE - went to the sun java site and did their test, JRE tested OK.

I have not been able to isolate the web pages with the problem as far as filename extensions - .html vs. .asp or anything - or type of script, etc. Sometimes the problem occurs in pop-up windows (legitimate pop-ups) but not always. I turned off Google Toolbar but no fix. The problem seems to have started after the pc was upgraded from IE 5 to IE 6.

I tried the " repair IE" in Add/Remove but no fix.

All ideas welcome.

Question by:George46227
    LVL 27

    Accepted Solution

    How current is WindowsUpdate for Windows and IE/OE?

    Tried setting IE to defaults to test, and clearing the Temp Files and History Files?

    Tried checking system files via start-run-sfc  (having the Windows disk handy)?

    Aside from doing the cleanup using a good Viruscan program with updated definition files, did you also check for Spyware?

    Here are some links that "may" help...  My choices are AdAware SE Pro, and when updated, using it to do a deep scan of your system and include the HOSTS file; as well as Spybot S&D, also updated and then scan and configure to use the Immunize function to block more than 2350 intrusions.
    HijackThis process, to scan your system, create a log file and post to the free analyzer link also noted here:


    Author Comment


    Sorry I haven't gotten back, haven't had time to do the HJT yet, I have already done a lot of virus/spyware cleanup since the problem started, startup reconfig, registry looks, BHO cop, etc. I will do the HJT maybe tomorrow, right now I have another pc to fix - it has the AURORA spy - very difficult to fix!

    Thanks for the help so far


    Author Comment


    Here is the HJT log:

    Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
    Scan saved at 10:15:38 PM, on 4/30/05
    Platform: Windows 98 Gold (Win9x 4.10.1998)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

    Running processes:

    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar =*
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = res://shdocpe.dll/asst.htm
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by Packard Bell
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer =
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = http://localhost;
    O1 - Hosts:
    O1 - Hosts:
    O1 - Hosts:
    O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSDXM.OCX
    O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {319A68DB-06D0-46DA-9F93-A810D5A70836} - (no file)
    O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ScanRegistry] c:\windows\scanregw.exe /autorun
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TaskMonitor] c:\windows\taskmon.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SystemTray] SysTray.Exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Tweak UI] RUNDLL32.EXE TWEAKUI.CPL,TweakMeUp
    O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [SchedulingAgent] mstask.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [TrueVector] C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ZONELABS\VSMON.EXE -service
    O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [MiniLog] C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ZONELABS\MINILOG.EXE -service
    O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [r_server] C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\R_SERVER.EXE /service
    O4 - Startup: Shortcut to Win98_winipcfg_022605.txt.lnk = D:\George\Win98_winipcfg_022605.txt
    O4 - Global Startup: ZoneAlarm.lnk = D:\ZoneAlarm\zonealarm.exe
    O8 - Extra context menu item: &Download with &DAP - D:\DAP\dapextie.htm
    O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR2.DLL/cmsearch.html
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Cached Snapshot of Page - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR2.DLL/cmcache.html
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Similar Pages - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR2.DLL/cmsimilar.html
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Backward Links - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR2.DLL/cmbacklinks.html
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate into English - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR2.DLL/cmtrans.html
    O9 - Extra button: Related - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINDOWS\web\related.htm
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Show &Related Links - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINDOWS\web\related.htm
    O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {4528BBE0-4E08-11D5-AD55-00010333D0AD} - E:\PROGRAM FILES\YAHOO!\MESSENGER\YHEXBMES0819.DLL
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Yahoo! Messenger - {4528BBE0-4E08-11D5-AD55-00010333D0AD} - E:\PROGRAM FILES\YAHOO!\MESSENGER\YHEXBMES0819.DLL
    O9 - Extra button: AIM - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} - D:\AMERICA ONLINE\AIM.EXE
    O12 - Plugin for .wav: C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\PLUGINS\npqtplugin.dll
    O12 - Plugin for .spop: D:\JEFF'S~1\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
    O12 - Plugin for .mpeg: C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\PLUGINS\npqtplugin3.dll
    O16 - DPF: {2FF18E20-DE11-11D1-8161-00A0C90DD90C} (MSNBC News Menu Control 3.01) -
    O16 - DPF: {A4A435CF-3583-11D4-91BD-0048546A1450} -
    O16 - DPF: {F04A8AE2-A59D-11D2-8792-00C04F8EF29D} (Hotmail Attachments Control) -
    O16 - DPF: {226906C8-B910-11D3-82A3-0000F81A655B} (Mbayactx Control) -
    O16 - DPF: {430DDE24-C051-11CF-95BE-0020AFF75E4F} (ichat xchat Control) -
    O16 - DPF: {34805D32-AD89-469E-8503-A5666AEE4333} (RdxIE Class) -
    O16 - DPF: {0246ECA8-996F-11D1-BE2F-00A0C9037DFE} (TDServer Control) -
    O16 - DPF: {E504EE6E-47C6-11D5-B8AB-00D0B78F3D48} (Yahoo! WebCam Viewer Wrapper) -
    O16 - DPF: {31B7EB4E-8B4B-11D1-A789-00A0CC6651A8} (Cult3D ActiveX Player) -
    O16 - DPF: {74D05D43-3236-11D4-BDCD-00C04F9A3B61} (HouseCall Control) -
    O16 - DPF: {B9D029D3-CDE3-11CF-855E-00A0C908FAF9} (ActiveX Tree Control) - file://D:\VBScript Training\wsh\webfiles\
    O16 - DPF: {B797C9C3-39C1-11D1-95AC-00609721D4C2} (ButtonControl.Button) - file://D:\VBSCRIPT TRAINING\WSH\webfiles\cab\NButton.CAB
    O16 - DPF: {03F998B2-0E00-11D3-A498-00104B6EB52E} (MetaStreamCtl Class) -
    O16 - DPF: {C2FCEF52-ACE9-11D3-BEBD-00105AA9B6AE} (Symantec RuFSI Registry Information Class) -
    O16 - DPF: {A17E30C4-A9BA-11D4-8673-60DB54C10000} (YahooYMailTo Class) -
    O16 - DPF: {5A66E13A-311D-488B-828D-DDDF52EFB636} (strprint.trprints) -
    O16 - DPF: ppctlcab -
    O16 - DPF: {2FC9A21E-2069-4E47-8235-36318989DB13} (PPSDKActiveXScanner.MainScreen) -
    O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\VxD\MSTCP: NameServer =,

    Thanks for your help
    LVL 27

    Expert Comment

    by:Asta Cu
    Sorry to see that you posted the entire log here versus in the Free Analyzer log recommended which is here:

    It looks as though, for starters, WindowsUpdate is not current .... important start to get updates and fixes.

    HijackThis results show a number of concerns noted as "nasty" some of which HijackThis can fix, a few samplings, but you'd know best which you / they installed with intent (cut/paste samplings follow - in the order HijackThis analysis generated):

    MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)  
    Possibly out of date   Shows the version of your Internet Explorer. Newest Version is: 6.00.2800.1106!   The version (6.00.2600.0000) is out of date. Check Windowsupdate to update the Internet Explorer.

    Unknown   running process. (MINILOG.EXE)
    If you dont have ZoneAlarm or ZoneAlarm Pro running you dont need this. This must be enabled if programs such as VisualZone Report utility or ZoneLog Analyzer are in use   This is a unknown process.  

      R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = res://shdocpe.dll/asst.htm  
    Nasty   This entry should be fixed by HijackThis!   This entry should be fixed by HijackThis!

    O1 - Hosts:  
    Nasty   This entry should be fixed immediately!   Must be fixed!
      O1 - Hosts:  
    Nasty   This entry should be fixed immediately!   Must be fixed!
      O1 - Hosts:  
    Nasty   This entry should be fixed immediately!   Must be fixed!

    O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {319A68DB-06D0-46DA-9F93-A810D5A70836} - (no file)  
    Unnecessarily   Entries found in this registry zone are potentially nasty. This application ([319A68DB-06D0-46DA-9F93-A810D5A70836] - Result: 319A68DB-06D0-46DA-9F93-A810D5A70836) has been checked. If the name is made up of random letters, found in the folder 'Application Data' and the kind is 'Unknown' , it should be fixed. Hit rate: 99 %   Must be fixed!
    Unnecessary (deactivated) entry that can be fixed.

    As you review the log results, you'll find another 12 or so items noted as "possibly nasty" for analysis by you to determine if / why needed.  Again, as the initial HijackThis link detailed, some items removed may generate problems, since ultimately the end-user knows if/whey they may have chosen to install these items.

    In my humble opinion, I'd be sure to get 1) WindowsUpdate checked 2) run a good Viruscan program with updated virus definition files, get a good firewall, and Spyware tools.  Personal preferences are AdAware SE Pro, which when updated and configured to do deep scanning of all drives and to include the HOSTS file (no extension), along with Spybot S&D also updated and deep scanning done as well as using the Immunize function helps guard against roughtly 2350 or so intrusions of spyware/malware/malicious BHOs ... some links included here with tools and information compiled by a number of us.

    Listening further and returning when time permits.



    Author Comment


    I appreciate your help, I did do the free analyzer/script link but I didn't see anything I though was significant - all the stuff was supposed to be there or else possible problems I had already worked on and eliminated as a cause of the problem, I've been working on this off and on for several weeks. I have used BHOcop and the ePestPatrol spy scan (followed by manual repair method, I like the on-line ePestPatrol scan, I've caught/fixed spyware on a lot of other pc's).

    I apologize for posting the whole log, I read the links you posted, I know the preferred method is to only post the log if requested by the expert and you did not specifically request the log. Again, sorry, but I thought maybe you might notice something that the analyzer/script might have missed.

    Yes I am reluctant to do the IE update - since the pc worked fine before the upgrade to 6.0! - I am reluctant to "upgrade" a damaged IE install.

    I am wondering if the problem might be a damaged filename extension association - since many of the windows I have problems with don't show the full path/filename extension I can't be sure what the extension is but - it makes sense if I was missing an assocation to IE and the associated filename, then it might show up as text?

    Also - I have tried the "repair" function for IE in Add/Remove which failed - do you know if it is possible to do a manual un-install and/or re-install of IE6 on Win98 - or know of a good reference to do that?

    Thanks again
    LVL 27

    Expert Comment

    by:Asta Cu
    From Control Panel - Folder Options - is it configured to show all, and not hide known file type extensions?  I always opt to show all, but it's been years since Win98...  WindowsUpdate is always my first choice to ensure known problems and fixes are applied; since I'm reluctant to choose to troubleshoot issues that are known problems with fixes from MS, but always end-user choices, of course.  

    I'm including a few links that 'may' help in terms of fixing winsock, repairing IE, etc.

    Description of the Internet Explorer Repair Tool;en-us;194177

    How to Uninstall Internet Explorer 6;en-us;293907

    No updates appear when you scan for updates on the Windows Update Web site;en-us;836973

    List of issues that are fixed in Internet Explorer 6 service packs;en-us;326489

    SP 1 related info.


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    Expert Comment

    I had similar problems with a Win98 machine until I installed all the patches and updates the Evil Empire had for it.  It has worked fine since.

    I believe you may have a corrupt browser install, and updating should correct it.

    I also have to give some hellaciously good advice!
    LVL 27

    Expert Comment

    by:Asta Cu
    Kind words, HeadIdiot, thanks a bunch.  ":0)  Sure hope it helps.  Asta

    Author Comment



    sorry to be late getting back. Although your suggestions did not solve the problem you did make a good effort and provided lots of resources - some I knew about, others not. I think you deserve the points.

    Other thoughts:
    Adaware and Spybot were only rated about 50% effective in a large comparative study, Giant (bought out by Microsoft) was about 70%, SpySweeper was # 2. Combining Adaware and Spybot boosted the effectiveness score only about 5 points.

    Personally I would like to see more participation by browser "programmers" or "coders" familiar with the browser objects and technology. I would like for someone to be able to explain the nuts and bolts and suggest solutions at the file and/or registry level instead of just the standard "update/service pack/hot fix/un-install re-install" solutions.

    Thanks for your help and the resources.

    LVL 27

    Expert Comment

    by:Asta Cu
    Thank you, George.

    You make some excellent recommendations here and insights add value as well.  Personally, I opt for the updates and use of all three
    1) Spybot S&D and keep it updated and include the Immunize function
    2) AdAware SE Pro and also keep it updated and configure for deep scanning and Hosts file inclusion
    3) MS AntiSypware

    Then, also opt to use updated HijackThis tool to update and run scan/log and check on a bi-monthly basis and/or when things appear awry.  But then, also running XP with SP2, with all those added protections, not to mention Firewalls and good Viruscan program.

    There are a number of other topic areas that may be helpful for a more strategic approach and/or to collaborate on the programming end of things, here are a couple of them....

    Also this central compilation on Malware/Spyware/Malicious BHOs
    HijackThis process

    ":0) Asta

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