May I suggest EWIDO and HOUSECALL for a scan today?
I have had this problem since I got my laptop.
Immediately, when I got the laptop. I installed Firefox. The time it took to download it was probably the only time we've used IE on this computer. In fact, IE on this computer has some horrible spyware toolbar on it that we can't seem to remove (even if we could remove it, we wouldn't use IE anyway.)
FYI, we've had the computer since last March.
Anyway, we keep noticing that IE runs, anyway. You can't see it on the taskbar, but it's there. If you do CRTL-ALT-DEL and click on the "Processes" tab you sometimes see IEXPLORE.EXE on the list. Also, for quite a long while I would get popups in IE windows, though I was either surfing the net in Firefox or sometimes not even surfing the net. That has gone away, apparently we've finally got a good pop-up blocker (I even booted up IE, installed a popup blocker in it, then closed it, to try and get rid of this problem).
More recently, we keep getting a message that Internet Explorer encountered a problem and had to close "sorry for the inconvenience". The only thing is, we never opened IE. Often we get this message almost immediately upon booting the computer.
Why is it trying to run when we are not asking it to? And, more importantly, how can I stop it? I've even told my firewall not to allow IE access to the internet -- but that doesn't keep it from running. What can I do?