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Cannot enter text in IE field boxes

by Cycleman / January 19, 2005 4:03 AM PST

Running Windows 2000 professional on this computer.

Recently, IE6 began to not allow text entry into various fields on the web pages. Such things as search functions (e.g., Google's search field, MS's search fields, passwords, etc.). The links all work, in any web page, but I'm not able to get the cursor (vertical line) to enter the box, so I can type text.

I used IEfix v 1.4, re-booted, but it made no difference.
Still not able to get text into the boxes.

I went to MS, downloaded SP1, reinstalled, still no difference.

(I'm able to send this note, because I'm using Firefox).

The non-functioning IE is on a work computer, so I have to use IE.

Help, please...


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At work? Have the IT staff fix it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 19, 2005 4:26 AM PST

Really. It's their job...


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Bob, yes, but....
by Cycleman / January 19, 2005 4:51 AM PST

they're not sure, and want to do a complete rebuild. I'm just looking for a possible solution, so I can do it myself. Not all the staff is as quick and as good as you would think.

So, is there a clue to get me going on this??


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Cannot enter data in webpages
by wanomad1970 / March 16, 2005 2:38 PM PST
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Thank you! It works! BUT...
by ccho095 / April 1, 2012 8:16 PM PDT

Hey! It worked for me as well. Cool Thank you very much! Grin
For me I even couldn't type anything in User Accounts Text Field Box from Control Panel as well before running that dll file! ShockedSad It is said maybe my PC was infected by some kind of Devil malware Devil before that my PC's Firewall was somehow disabled and the worst thing was that I couldn't access the Internet at all! ShockedSadCryAngry So I then re-install Windows and Anti-Virus also and now I can access the Internet with Firewall enabled but I've got this new small problem until I read your post! Grin
HOWEVER, now I still feel a bit worried that I think the ugly Devil malware is still inside my PC although I've re-install the OS since that the new problem has just occured after I re-install the Windows... ConfusedSadAngry

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What do you do to keep SPYWARE out?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 19, 2005 5:47 AM PST

The usual scans of Adaware, Spybot?

Do tell.


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by Cycleman / January 19, 2005 6:43 AM PST

We use NAV, but neither the spybot or adaware. I'll try this.

Maybe I'll remove the internal spyware?? That would be a hoot.

Anyway, thanks. I'll see what happens.

Could there also be a missing or corrupted file in Win 2000? All my other programs are running fine---just IE is the problem.

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Spyware is the new plague or "virus".
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 19, 2005 6:51 AM PST
In reply to: neither...

It's not detected by NAV since it's not technically a virus. If you need to catch up on what these are, read...

My hunch is a BHO has been installed and you get to deal with it.

And yes, less than up to the second IT staff will wipe and reload the machine.


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by Cycleman / January 19, 2005 10:21 AM PST

That was a very good link for valuable information. Some of my ignorance has been removed, as a result.

I use spybot routinely at home, and I'll give it a try at work. Ad-Aware, too.

It's not something I keep current with, so this was very helpful.

I will report back my progress. Thanks.


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Hope it helps.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 19, 2005 11:33 AM PST
In reply to: BHO

All I can offer is that I've seen too many oddities over the last year that you would have never suspected would be caused by software that your firewall and NAV would allow on the machine...


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tried both, but...
by Cycleman / January 20, 2005 1:07 AM PST
In reply to: Hope it helps.

neither did the trick. They did remove some junk, of course, but on re-boot, IE is still uncooperative.

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Then you offer a hijack log.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 20, 2005 1:41 AM PST
In reply to: tried both, but...
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by Cycleman / January 20, 2005 8:22 PM PST

By the way, our IT people have no idea what is causing this. They're wanting to re-build.

I'll try looking while in the Safe Mode, to see if I can find anything.

I am, by no means, as skilled at these things as I should be. But, I can see why a very large population of computer owners' machines are infected with viruses/spyware.

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Fix for cannot type text in IE
by paul_madore / March 1, 2005 9:48 AM PST
In reply to: thanks....

I am an IT person and have seen this problem on three computers. The first two I had to reload all software like your guys mentioned but I decided I cannot do that everytime. I had tried to fix the problem before without luck but I just fixed a computer that was exhibiting the same problems. I reloaded Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 which is in Windows Update or via the Microsoft Download site. The computer already had this update but for whatever reason the main files were either deleted or corrupted. I downloaded IE6 SP1 and loaded it on the affected computer and it is working now.

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