I installed Internet Explorer 7 to see what it was like and was impressed. The tabs are a big improvement and in general I was pleased with it. Then I found out there were several web applications that I needed to use that weren’t compatible with IE7, so I uninstalled it to go back to IE6. Thus began the torturous journey I shall now describe.
Whenever I browsed to a site in IE6, it opened up a page in Firefox instead. Even if Firefox was closed it would happily open up a new instance of Firefox, then go to the site. It was as if Firefox had taken over IE and was now Firefox’s plaything. I thought maybe my machine had some sort of virus or adware that was trying to get people to use Firefox, but the likelihood of that happening just after I uninstalled IE7 was quite slim.
I shut down Firefox (disabling the FasterFox extension) thinking that might have caused something odd with IE. When I went back to IE to try browsing to a site, it produced the following error message: An attempt was made to reference a token that doesn’t exist
Then it proceeded to open not one, not two, but 56 (!) Internet Explorer windows.
55 clicks on the red X later (I realized after that I should have used the ‘Close group’ option to close all 56 at once), I tried opening another page in IE and the blasted thing fired up Firefox again. Did IE just give up the fight? Did it lose all confidence in itself? I can hear it saying, “No really, you don’t want to use me, I’m a crappy browser. Here, how about I open up the page you wanted in a far superior browser. I’ll just do a hand-off to Firefox then crawl back into my non standards-compliant hole.”
I tried the following remedies to fix the issue, but none of them worked.
What finally solved the problem was to reinstall IE7, which worked correctly and went to sites on its own instead of opening them up in Firefox. Then I uninstalled IE7 again, rebooted, and IE6 was back to normal. I look forward to the day when all applications work in Firefox.