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Internet explorer taskbar title

Well, this is under XP, but it is really an Internet Explorer 6.0 question:  When my IE windows are minimized, I am no longer getting the web page displayed on the title area (when I pass my mouse over the minimized IE windows on the taskbar).  Instead, I just get gobbly-gook (technical term - they look like squares.)  The funny thing is, if I open Explorer from the taskbar (not Internet Explorer) and treat it like IE (go to a web page), then minimize it, it will still show me the page I am on.  I do a ton of research in my line of work and will typically have 8-10 browsers open at once, so not being able to identify which minimized one goes with which site is a real pain in the neck.

Thanks!

Paul
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wolfpaxAuthor Commented:
Oh, I should mention I have rebooted too, to no avail.  And this problem just started occuring without warning (of course!).

Paul
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night_monkeyCommented:
Sounds like it could be a spyware problem. Download Spybot and Adaware, running Adaware first. Make sure you update both utilities before you do the scans.
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wolfpaxAuthor Commented:
I have them both and will try that.

Thanks.
Paul
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wolfpaxAuthor Commented:
OK.  I ran them both; got rid of some tracking cookies; no programs. The problem is still the same.

Paul
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night_monkeyCommented:
you did update them first, right?
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night_monkeyCommented:
how about your video driver? you should check for updates. or maybe roll back if you've recently updated it. i've seen a similar problem that was caused by a graf driver.
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wolfpaxAuthor Commented:
Hmm... you think a video driver would cause a problem like that with only one program?  I mean, all the other programs work; just not IE.  I think I would rather look for another fix before messing with my video driver.

Thanks.

Paul
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wolfpaxAuthor Commented:
Yes, I updated them.

Paul
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wolfpaxAuthor Commented:
OK. I updated the video driver.  Same problem.  Anyone have any ideas?

Paul
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night_monkeyCommented:
Sorry that didn't fix the issue... How about a repair of Internet Explorer?

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=318378
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wolfpaxAuthor Commented:
Yeah, I guess that will be the next fix I try.

Paul
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wolfpaxAuthor Commented:
None of the fixes anyone recommended have worked.  It does not seem possible to uninstall or repait windows explorer in XP.  This is a real pain I wish someone had a fix for.  I have switched to Firefox, but the two main sites I use do not work with it, only IE.
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sramesh2kCommented:
Hi wolfpax,

Last I heard it was Google Desktop search causing this behavior. Uninstalling it solved the problem. (for a questioner at EE)
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sirbountyCommented:
wolfpax - have you tried booting into safe mode with networking and/or with a limited config:

Start->Run->MSConfig
From the boot.ini tab, select safe boot and reboot - status?

Again from MSConfig - on the services tab, check the 'hide MS services' and deselect everything remaining.  Deselect all from Startup page - reboot - status?

If one of the above two work for you - then it's most certainly something running in the background (process of some sort).

If not, then we have a few options:

1) We can close this out and you can repost it - probably under the Browser Issues TA would be more appropriate.
2) We can keep this open, though it appears that only three experts are here with you and night monkey may be MIA
3) I could suggest try www.Maxthon.com - it's an overlay for IE, more than a different browser.  It's one task-bar icon, but houses many tabs.  I'd be curious if the problem persists there - if so, then I think maybe we should be able to track down a reg-fix for you...
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wolfpaxAuthor Commented:
Thanks. I will give those a try and let you know what happens!
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wolfpaxAuthor Commented:
And the winner is....sramesh2k!!! Once I uninstalled the Google desktop, the problem went away.  Thanks, sramesh2k!!!

Sirbounty, thank you too!  If you had not noticed the question had not been solved and got it going again, I never would have gotten an answer.  And Maxthon looks like a good program.  The tabbed browsing is one of the things I like best about Firefox.

Wolfpax
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sirbountyCommented:
I absolutely LOVE Maxthon...and I've tried Firefox, Navigator and Opera and still come back to it - I've been using it since inception (when it was called MyIE2).

Other nice things about Maxthon - it'll lock your home page for you, you can create Groups (say a group would be for instance - Your bank site, and several of your online 'bill' sites.  Once click and they all come up at once!).  Another nice feature - if you've got 40 tabs/windows open and your system shuts down or whatever, when Maxthon reloads - all 40 sites reappear (love this feature!).  You can also apply different skins, it's got a great pop-up & ad-killer.  Includes monitoring features for RSS feeds, auto-refresh adjustable intervals, and many other 3rd-party add-in advanced features...  And it also has a "one & done" history, cookie, temporary files, etc cleanup button...   Give it a shot - I think you'll like it :)
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sramesh2kCommented:
Glad that helped, Wolfpax. Here is how we determined the culprit:

See:
Windows XP: Internet Explorer (6.0) Title Bar Information Apparently Corrupt as it Appears in Taskbar:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_21423139.html

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