IE Slaughters Innocent JPEGs

Speaking of troubleshooting, get a load of this (click for larger):

What is it?  That is what a JPEG looks like in Internet Explorer 6 on Deb’s XP machine, as far as we can tell starting after she installed Spybot Search & Destroy, a program I have previously had no reason not to praise and recommend highly.

In Firefox all is fine.

Which makes this only a problem because her feed reader uses IE in the background, and thus renders JPEG files accordingly.

I established it’s JPEG and not GIF, and doesn’t matter if the file is on the internet or opened locally to view with IE.

Clearing temp and temporary internet files didn’t help.

It doesn’t matter if you log on as another user.

There’s no crud causing it, as far as I can tell.

It is not resolved by changing video or Internet Explorer settings.

It’s not resolved by doing a system restore to before the problem started.

It is not even resolved by booting in safe mode with networking, which implies it’s not necessarily an IE/video driver rendering interaction gone wrong as I had assumed.  I figured Firefox might use a rendering engine completely independent of system drivers, and IE might lean heavily on whatever the video driver happens to be.

Any thoughts?  I did some Google searching, and will no doubt do some more, but since it’s not a showstopper, I thought I’d throw it out here.

Posted by on 04/20 at 04:24 PM

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