Problem with popup blockers - Not a systematic solution - Need help understanding it

Posted on 2006-05-28
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Microsoft Internet Explorer popup blocker settings are a nightmare
first of all there are several zones trusted sites / internet
then on top of that add  several vendor Popup blockers.
Well I went into the manager Add-ins and disabled every thing and ofcourse it made no differnce. I enabled all the advanced options
levels and tried reseting the IE settings.
Now had Microsoft had the decency to add a sanity initializer that takes all addins out and resets IE to a sane set of defaults enabling popups etc.. that would make sense right.
Does anyone know truly how to initialize all zones and settings to a reasonable default setting because this is just plain nuts other than loading in firefox which is not a complete solution considering my wife likes using  outlook email and curses the fact the pc is now incapable of poping up screens at all regardless of the trusted sites added. I suspect some kind of  corruption in the registry but a sane setting or re-install or something should be possible to fix this nonsense. Perhaps deleting a registry entry somewhere will actually cause the program to rebuild properly because the default buttons do nothing other than loose history and cookies
The popups still are being blocked

I am sure this subject has caused much pain to all.

Microsoft needs to provide a better fix to this.
I should also mention the XP SP2 system with this problem has ZoneAlarm installed as well which was never a problem before

Oh I also get system errors like:
Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      Application Hang
Event Category:      (101)
Event ID:      1002
Date:            5/25/2006
Time:            9:59:54 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      XP
Hanging application iexplore.exe, version 6.0.2900.2180, hang module hungapp, version, hang address 0x00000000.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
0000: 41 70 70 6c 69 63 61 74   Applicat
0008: 69 6f 6e 20 48 61 6e 67   ion Hang
0010: 20 20 69 65 78 70 6c 6f     iexplo
0018: 72 65 2e 65 78 65 20 36   re.exe 6
0020: 2e 30 2e 32 39 30 30 2e   .0.2900.
0028: 32 31 38 30 20 69 6e 20   2180 in
0030: 68 75 6e 67 61 70 70 20   hungapp
0038: 30 2e 30 2e 30 2e 30 20
0040: 61 74 20 6f 66 66 73 65   at offse
0048: 74 20 30 30 30 30 30 30   t 000000
0050: 30 30                     00      

I belive I tried everything possible to rebuild or reset the settings except re-installing. Something I dread doing because of the time involved.

Question by:Robert Silver
    LVL 23

    Accepted Solution

    Without reinstalling, try these for starters.  Also consider going back to an old System Restore point perhaps?

    Reset TCP/IP

    Reset IE

    On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.  
    Click the Programs tab.  
    Click the Reset Web Settings button.  

    Reset Winsock

    Run a half decent malware removal tool!

    Assisted Solution

    To me it sounds like you got some sort of spyware on your system. If you haven't already, update zonealarm and run a scan. Try running Ad-aware with the latest definitions or/and spybot.

    Spybot -

    Ad-aware -

    You could also try updating internet explorer to version 7, be warned this is still a beta. Or you could try reinstalling ie6.

    Also try what tim_holman said any use system restore.

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