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Invalid page fault in module wininet.dll

I get this error message when I am on the internet, "IExplore caused an invalid page fault in module wininet.dll" and it won't let me open the web page.

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I've never seen this problem before so I did a quick search for the error message at According to Microsoft, this problem happens when the Autocomplete function tries to look through the list of Web sites that you have visited recently and finds a corrupted folder. Autocomplete is Internet Explorer's capability of filling in a partially typed website name. For example, if you type and Internet Explorer fills in, it is Autocomplete that's helping you out.

Microsoft has a procedure for fixing it. I'll just give you the link:

Unfortunately, the method they present is rather brute-force. So, after you're done, Internet Explorer's history will be empty and all your cookies will be gone. Without your cookies, websites that know who you are without prompting for a username and password will forget you.

This was first published in May 2001

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