This question comes up a lot for various, an quite legitimate reasons.
Internet Explorer, or “IE” is one of the biggest targets on the internet for
virus writers, spyware writers and hackers. Naturally, once in a while due to
their efforts, or for other reasons, IE breaks.
In which case a repair may be called for.
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Before we get into IE itself, though, most problems that look like
they’re caused by IE are not at all. As I mentioned, viruses and spyware may
attack or use IE, but they don’t necessarily damage it. The viruses and spyware
are themselves the “damage”. Poorly written add-ons can also manifest as
problems within IE. In all these cases “fixing” IE won’t help, you need to get
at the root of the problem. My earlier article “IExplore.exe has generated
an error.” Now what? discusses many of the things to look at when you
suspect, or experience, a problem in Internet Explorer.
So after all that, let’s assume you’ve come to the conclusion that IE itself
must be repaired.
We’ll start with the first part of the question: How do you delete Internet
Explorer? Answer: you don’t. There are ways to disable parts of it, and even
remove other parts of it, but the fact remains that Internet Explorer is a key
part of Windows itself. It cannot be completely removed, and still have Windows
Explorer? Answer: you don’t.”
And in fact, that leads us to our first step in repairing Internet Explorer.
Under Windows XP, run the System File
Checker. This tool performs a check on all operating system components,
including Internet Explorer, and repairs any that it finds are missing or
If that doesn’t resolve the problem, or you’re running a version of Windows
that doesn’t have the System File Checker, your next best option is a
re-install. In fact, your best option in this case is to download and
install the latest version of Internet Explorer from Microsoft’s web site. This
will repair your IE installation, or overwrite it with a fresh installation of
the latest version.