Found this on another forum, the Author of the piece is named at the bottom .....
I know of three causes for the vast majority of such problems:
1. Incompatible add-ons: What if you right click the IE icon on the desktop
and choose Start Without Add-ons?
Or go to Start | All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Internet
Explorer (No Add-ons).
2. Tools | Internet Options | Advanced
Scroll to the bottom and click Reset Internet Explorer Settings. See this
How to use Reset Internet Explorer Settings (RIES):
3. Malware already installed on the computer: Help with malware
All MS-MVP Sites.
Unexplained computer behavior may be caused by deceptive software.
So How Did I Get Infected Anyway?
For quite a few people it's by installing programs like Messenger Plus,
whose ads for
malware don't identify the malware as such and try to convince you that you
owe it to the author. See also:
Don't ever do a "default" install of anything. Always choose Custom and see
what else is being carried along. Don't install any extras you're not sure
You might also try the steps here:
"Internet Explorer stops responding, stops working, or restarts"
Frank Saunders MS-MVP IE,OE/WM