A lot of users are still working with Internet Explorer 6 either because their company did not make the switch to Internet Explorer 7 yet or because they don't know that a new version is already out. They might be perfectly happy with it but some will probably consider switching to IE7 or another browser when they experience the following odd behavior.
Internet Explorer 6 crashes when opening websites after upgrading Windows with the security update 942615 which was part of the December patch update of Microsoft. My personal suggestion would be to make the switch to Internet Explorer 7, Firefox or Opera and forget about this problem and be more secure at the same time.
If that is not wanted or possible at the moment you can fix the bug the following way, props to Bink for posting the solution.
1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.
4. Type FEATURE_PROTECT_DECOMPRESSION_FILTER_FROM_ABORT_KB942367, and then press ENTER.
5. Right-click FEATURE_PROTECT_DECOMPRESSION_FILTER_FROM_ABORT_KB942367, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
6. Type an asterisk (*), and then press ENTER.
Note The asterisk (*) represents any process name that uses the Urlmon.dll file. If you want to make this change for an individual application that uses the Urlmon.dll file, use the name of that application instead of the asterisk. For example, use Appname.exe.
7. Right-click the asterisk, and then click Modify.
8. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
9. Exit Registry Editor.
Update: It is recommended to update Internet Explorer to the latest version available. Check out our Internet Explorer download page for download links for the latest version of the browser for your operating system.
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