It doesn't help at all!
I jest, of course. I was hoping the OE setting would be the cause, but it seems it isn't.
With the Quick Launch bar, I was wondering if there were any hidden icons that became active under certain circumstances. But again a false trail.
MSAS is the new anti-spyware Microsoft have er.... acquired from Giant Software so if you are not familiar with it you don't have it. It is in beta version and some of us are testing it.
Perhaps this application, (whatever it is), only occurs when you have a browser window, (or more), open? What I mean is, it doesn't manifest if you have other applications open but "no" browser running.
I've had a thought. Do you have any browser "pop-up stoppers" running? These could be 3rd party applications, or the browser's own pop-up stopper. You probably know that they stop web sites from displaying 2nd windows for adverts etc. They can be small pop-up windows, or full size windows, (the same size as your currrent browser window), or maximised windows, and pop-up over the current window. Some pop-up stoppers block pop-under windows as well.
I think that could be it. Do you have Ad-Aware by Lavasoft.com? If so, do you have it's Ad-Watch running in the background? (Ad-Watch is only available in the paid version of Ad-Aware, which I only have the free version).
Yes, I think that's it. Is that it????? That must be it.
I've just seen your thread in the V&S forum. Hopefully we can close both these soon.