This is not meant to offend you but it may be a sign you are not being careful enough (yet.)
About IE. Try this. Look up BHODEMON and remove all BHOs from IE. I find them to be more trouble than they are worth and a common failure item.
Microsoft Internet Explorer just "evaporates" and displays the following message :
< iexplore.exe - Application error >
x "The exception unknown software exception (0x0eedfade) occured in the application at location 0x7c812a5b"
when I open certain pages of C|net sites.
Does the same with Lavasoft.
No error when I open the pages using AoL browser.
I use DELL XPS M-170 laptop
2 Gig Ram
Win-XP Media Center edition (with SP2 presumably)the computer is 6-months old and all updates downloaded regularly.)
MacAfee and SpyWare Doctor but it started doing this even with McAfee disabled and before I installed Spyware Doctor. In fact I encountered the problem when I tried to downnload Lavasoft's free Adaware-SE and couldn't do it so bought Spyware Doctor instead
No problem with my other laptop, an older DELL M-50 Precision with Win-XP Pro recently re-installed.