Internet Explorer 6 crashes when loading websites after update

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 20, 2007
Updated • Dec 9, 2012

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:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\
3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.
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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  1. robsku said on December 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    IE6 with Win ME? Insecure and buggy OS needs an insecure and buggy browser? I used Opera in Win95 around 2001 or so – it had tabs and session management (a must since W95 was not exactly stable). PNG alpha channel support in 2001 too, I believe it was several years before IE had even just PNG support without alpha channel, Opera was also first one to (as far as I know) to support tabs – IE7 “introduced” tabs years after all major players had included those (and even text-console browser, eLinks, had tabs before IE). Mouse gestures, easy & fast keyboard only navigation so no matter if your hand was on mouse or keyboard you didn’t have to move it between them.

    Was stable too. This was in year 2001 I said (though could have been late 2000 too), the same year IE6 was released but before that, so it was IE 5.5, NetScape or Opera for me back then – and had there been no Opera I would have chosen Netscape (and stick with it also after IE6 came around).

    There is no reason to run IE6 – it’s probably an old computer too which is one more reason to rather use Opera – an old version (hey, IE6 is from 2001, does it matter if the alternative is old too?) is guaranteed to be lighter than IE6, maybe even some newer ones than one from 2001 but I would not try latest versions…. Opera is still light and fast but if the computer has WinME then it probably is not exactly speedy gonzales.

    Btw, FF is much slower but Chrome is a humongous memory hog compared to it. I have over 120 tabs open in FF and always at least 500 (often more) free of my 1GB RAM – With Chrome having only ~30 tabs open (and no other programs running) I had only 200M RAM free…

  2. SDR said on January 16, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    IE7 and Firefox are only memory hogs when you go overboard with multiple tabs. If you have 5 tabs open it uses almost as much ram as having 5 instances of ie6 open. That said, Opera is beautiful.

  3. Telanis said on December 29, 2007 at 12:14 am

    Some also use IE6 because IE7 is a piece of garbage and FireFox is a memory whore. I still have to check out Opera though.

  4. Me said on December 21, 2007 at 12:44 am

    Hi Martin,

    Some users are still working with Internet Explorer 6 also because they still use Windows Millenium, wich IE7 is not compatible with.

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