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.

Thanks!

mtstewdog
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d3bugg3rCommented:
Use this script, it helps to restore default settings into IE
http://www.dougknox.com/cosmetic/scripts_desc/chgietitle.htm
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d3bugg3rCommented:
You can also try this Free little tool, which fix all kind of problems on IE
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/IEFIX.htm
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Shane Russell2nd Line Desktop SupportCommented:
What about this Microsoft Knowledge base ( with regards to un installing IE 6 / repairing it ) :

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=318378

Did you try and reset IE 6 settings ??

Look here :

http://support.academic.com/academicknowbase/root/public/acdm9147.htm

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

http://www.netfaqs.com/Windows/Browsers/IE/6/index.asp

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

anti spyware / ad aware scanners :

spy sweeper - www.webroot.com

ad aware - http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

Microsofts Beta - http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx

Hijackthis :

http://hijackthis.de/

Hijackthis tutorial :

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/index.php?showtutorial=42
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Shane Russell2nd Line Desktop SupportCommented:
Have a look here :

http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6620-0.html?forumID=14&threadID=93702&messageID=1059639

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

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q194177

Something else you will find of use :

http://www.theeldergeek.com/repair_ie6.htm
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mtstewdogAuthor 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.

Thanks,

mtstewdog
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d3bugg3rCommented:
only thing i have in mind is this..
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/reg/IEToolbar.reg
download, close all IE windows & Run it...
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sramesh2kCommented:
mtstewdog,

See if ToolbarCop helps. Download ToolbarCop from
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4126.html

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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sramesh2kCommented:
Thanks, mtstewdog. BTW which extension caused this?
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mtstewdogAuthor Commented:
It actually turned out to be Google Desktop Search.  Toolbarcop did ultimately lead to this discovery.  Thanks!
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sramesh2kCommented:
Excellent. Thanks for letting us know.
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