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strange favicon behavior in ie7

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Last Modified: 2013-12-08
IE7 has begun displaying some strange favicons.  For instance, GOOGLE is now an icon with JS.  My company intranet has strange ones too!  I've checked the directory and the favicon.ico is correct on our local intranet but the incorrect one is displayed.

Can somebody tell me what malady has infested my computer?
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I previously went in to IE Internet Options and had it delete all browsing history.  That did not work.

After your suggestion I want back into IE Internet Options and clicked Browser History Settings --> View Files which opened up C:\Documents and Settings\*user*\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files.

I manually deleted everything from the directory and it now works.

Thanks for the help!

This also happens to me in WinXP. (It is disappointing that M$oft has not yet fixed this ancient problem even in IE7!)
Anyway for me, the fix suggested by HoLoCroNs seems to provide only temporary relief. I think I have a better resolution.
Fact #1: By right-clicking on a link's incorrect icon and going into the "Propertries" Dialog, XP allows me to manually change a link's icon to any suitable ICO or BMP file I might have available on my own harddrive. (May I assume that newer versions of Windows continue to offer this ability?)
Fact #2: For websites that have them, I can download their favicon.ico file using a URL such as "www.facebook.com/favicon.ico", and then right clicking on the displayed icon, and saving it to my harddrive using a unique name (such as "favicon_for_facebook.com.ico"). By this method I can permanently acquire a website's favicon.ico file.
Fact #3: for those sites that do not have favicon.ico files, I can use a commercial tool such as Eclipsit's Microangle to create a .ICO file from any suitable .JPG, .PNG, .BMP or .whatever image the website offers and that I might find apprioriate.
Fact #4: When I use a properties dialog to manually coerce a link to use an icon on my local harddrive, it seems that the coercion persists longer than the "clearing the cache" solution does for web-located icon files. This might be because XP might not use the cache for icon files located on the local harddrive. (Seems reasonable to me, but who knows...)
So putting all these facts together, when I see that a link's icon has go screwy, what I do is this:
(1)  I go to the website involved.
(2) I download that website's faveico.ico file to my local harddrive, renaming it to something unique in the process.
(3) and I use the link's Properties Dialog to perminantely reassign the link's icon to my local copy.
This works, is less disruptive than clearing the cache, and seems to be a permanent fix.

Sorry in my prior post, I got browers and OSs mixed up (senior moment). Nevertheless, the process I described in my post remains correct. -dbc

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