Over the past month, memory usage increased during browsing with iexplorer 7 to the point of crashing games (fly or die go). I tried firefox 1.8, which seemed to work better at first, then it too would see increases of memory usage and slow game response.
I tried some on-line scans (eg panda) but they were taking hours due to the browser memory usage, so I gave up.
Yesterday I thought I would upgrade to explorer 8 to see if that would help. Since then on boot-up I get the message:
1)Explorer.exe: this application failed to start bcause normaliz.dll was not found. Re-instaling the application may fix the problem.
Running windows in safe mode causes the same problem, as does trying to return windows to the last known good configuration.
Attempting to run explorer.exe from the task manager gives the following message:
2)Windows Task Manager: taskmgr.exe - Unable to Locate Component. This application failed to start bcause ieutil.dll was not found. Re-instalaing the application may fix the problem.
After clicking on "OK" message 2) is repeated. Then after again clicking on "OK" then message 1) appears again.
Running firefox from the task manager produces the same repeated message 2), but then the browser opens, which is how I am able to connect currently.
I was able to run an OTL scan from task manager, but I couldn't find an otl.txt file, if it created one.
Memory usage while running firefox still climbs, but System usage, at 72M, is about half of what it was before this problem.
Do I have any option besides re-instaling XP from disc?