Internet Explorer 7.0 reports cipher strength: 0bit

Posted on 2009-02-24
Last Modified: 2013-12-08
I have got a version of Internet Explorer that will not go to any secure websites.  It is also reporting a cipher strength of 0 bit.  I have tried everything I can find online to solve this.

I've restored windows to a previous date when IE was working, I've tried removing IE7 and re-installed it, I've even tried IE8 against my better judgment.  I've used a program called dial-a-fix to re-register all of the IE dll files.  I'm sure there are other things I'm forgetting at this point.

This is a computer that I am really trying not to re-install Windows on.  As a last resort that will happen, but I'd rather find a solution to the problem.

The problem initially started when the machine semi-crashed(I believe due to malware/viruses).  I've since cleaned it up and have everything back to normal except IE7 and oddly enough iTunes will not launch either.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Question by:1scs
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    Expert Comment

    Perform the following:
    1. Delete cookies, History and offline files and folders in internet options
    2. on content tab (in internet option) clear ssl slate
    3. On advanced option check SSL 2 and 3 both, check TSL also
    4. On same tab (advance) uncheck 3rd party browser extension
    5. click ok and restart computer
    6. Once done download the attached file.
    7. open and save as "a.bat"
    8. run the batch file
    Problem will be take care off
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    Expert Comment

    How long have you had SP3 installed, and did this start happening when this was installed?

    Author Comment

    Windows was actually originally installed with a Service Pack 3 CD.  There is no way to uninstall SP3.

    Author Comment

    **6. Once done download the attached file.
    **7. open and save as "a.bat"

    I don't see an attached file here...

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the help guys, unfortunately I've run out of time for an easier solution.  I'm going to have to bite the bullet and do a repair-reinstall of windows, or just a regular re-install of windows.
    LVL 6

    Expert Comment

    start>run > regsvr32 softpub.dll
    start > rum >regsvr32 jscript.dll
    start > rum >regsvr32 vbscript.dll

    Accepted Solution

    I just ended up doing a repair install of windows and it solved the problem. Thanks for the help.

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