Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close.

I am receiving this message ‘Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.’  over and over again, on different computers with XP SP2 IE6/IE7.

If disabling addons from Internet Explorer Tools menu and then enabling some of most important /Java, Flash, Shockwave/ does not help, you can try the following:

Go to Registry Editor /Start–>Run–>Regedt32–>OK/

Find this reg key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects and delete all subfolders /keys/

You can even delete all the key /folder/

Then press F5 to refresh and hope you will have no more problems.

Also, you may clear all the Temp files because the bigger Temp folder gets, the more memory it uses.

Start–>Run–> type   %temp%   and click OK

Then open Edit meny and click  “Select All” option.

Press Delete key.

Note that is possible some of files selected to be impossible to delete – they are active. Just skip them.


“Windows cannot find PET32.EXE” message when double click the hard drives

If you receive a message “Windows cannot find ‘PET32.exe’ Click Search“,  this means you had a virus, and  maybe you still have a virus.

First you need to run antivirus scan and clean program to remove all the malware.

Then, open command prompt /Start button –> Run –> cmd –> OK/ and  type: regsvr32 /i shell32.dll      

Press Enter.

Here is a small program /in Autoit/ I wrote  to do the same:

Just unzip it and run – then it will do the things written above.

If you want to see the source code – here it is:

You must know the AutoIt source files have an .au3 extension.

If need to compile it in  .exe file and run, you need to download and install AutoIt compiler  – it is free

Also you need SciTE editor to edit sourcecode:

The program source is simple:

Send(“#r”) ;Opens Run window. Same as start button –> Run
WinWaitActive(“Run”) ;waits Run window to appear
Send(“regsvr32 /i shell32.dll”) ; same as typing this text in the box
ToolTip(“Now will run ‘regsvr32 /i shell32.dll’ command to repair search problem” & @CRLF & @CRLF, 200, 300) ;An explanatory Tooltip appears with coordinates 200×500
Sleep(8000) ;program paused for 8 seconds to read the tooltip
ToolTip(”) ; Removes tooltip
Send(“{Enter}”) ;same as pressing OK button or press Enter from keyboard
ToolTip(“READY!” & @CRLF & @CRLF, 200, 300)

Copy it in Scite editor and use TOOLS–>Run menu to run and Tools–> Build to make an .exe