Internet Explorer (6.0) Title Bar Information Apparently Corrupt as it Appears in Taskbar

Right now, for example, the IE title bar displays "Windows XP: Ask a Questi".  The rest of it is "cut off".  More to the point, the IE button as it appears in the Tasbar only displays a series of squares, as if to show that they are non-displayable characters.  Hence, my conclusion that it's a corruption issue.

I've tried all the suggestions I could find on removing the title bar text -- no change.  I've tried a complete repair (reinstallation) of WinXP PRO -- no change.  I've tried removing and re-adding IE from Add/Remove Windows Components -- no change.  I've tried deleting all cookies and temp IE files -- no change.  I tried changing the location of temp IE files -- no change.  I tried a few other things, too, but lost track of just how many tactics were tried, all to no avail.

Even with all that I pulled out of my bag of tricks, my guess is that this one is piece of cake for somebody out there.


Stewart WeisCEOAsked:
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Shane Russell2nd Line Desktop SupportCommented:
What about this Microsoft Knowledge base ( with regards to un installing IE 6 / repairing it ) :

Did you try and reset IE 6 settings ??

Look here :

and here (This one goes through all of the settings in IE 6 ) :

Other then that have you run anti spyware scans or hijackthis ??

anti spyware / ad aware scanners :

spy sweeper -

ad aware -

Microsofts Beta -

Hijackthis :

Hijackthis tutorial :
Active Protection takes the fight to cryptojacking

While there were several headline-grabbing ransomware attacks during in 2017, another big threat started appearing at the same time that didn’t get the same coverage – illicit cryptomining.

Shane Russell2nd Line Desktop SupportCommented:
Have a look here :

You have to click on each of the 5 replys to view what was done to fix it :)
Shane Russell2nd Line Desktop SupportCommented:
A repair tool that they refer to in the above thread :;en-us;Q194177

Something else you will find of use :
Stewart WeisCEOAuthor Commented:
Gee, this is apparently tougher than I thought.  I went right down the list of every suggestion, recommendation and tip offered.  One of them even talked about the exact same condition: a series of little squares being displayed instead of the actual text that's supposed to be there.  I even downloaded and ran Spy Sweeper (nothing of any consequence found).  Alas, I'm still looking at a bunch of little squares.  Not one suggestions proved effective.  Actually, half of them I'd already tried before submitting this challenge here.

I eager for the next round of suggestions before I made the $35.00 call to MS.


only thing i have in mind is this..
download, close all IE windows & Run it...

See if ToolbarCop helps. Download ToolbarCop from

Close all IE Windows
Disable a third-party Browser Extensions (BHOs / Toolbars) temporarily
Open IE window and browser to a site. See if the problem is resolved. If not, repeat the above procedure and disable every extension until you determine the culprit.

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Thanks, mtstewdog. BTW which extension caused this?
Stewart WeisCEOAuthor Commented:
It actually turned out to be Google Desktop Search.  Toolbarcop did ultimately lead to this discovery.  Thanks!
Excellent. Thanks for letting us know.
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