Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Jun 2010 22:34 UTC
Windows "While I long for the day when I no longer experience the effects of buggy software, there's something rewarding about solving my own troubleshooting cases. In the process, I often come up with new techniques to add to my bag of tricks and to share with you in my 'Case of the Unexplained...' presentations and blog posts. The other day I successfully closed an especially interesting case that opened when Internet Explorer crashed as I was reading a web page."
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Not alone
by malxau on Tue 8th Jun 2010 08:13 UTC
malxau
Member since:
2005-12-04

I recently had a similar experience. IE was crashing every time I closed a tab. At least in this case it was reproducable.

I installed windbg, set it to be the postmortem debugger (rather than watson), and closed the tab.

A simple backtrace ('k') showed the culprit - Skype had registered a plugin, and unloaded itself before it had finished executing. Executing unloaded code == bad.

What annoyed me with this experience is that I had no idea Skype had any IE integration at all. The installer does not highlight the fact, although it creates a seperate uninstaller to remove the IE integration post-install. Since I didn't know I had it, I don't think I'm losing much by removing it.

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RE: Not alone
by PlatformAgnostic on Tue 8th Jun 2010 18:23 in reply to "Not alone"
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2006-01-02

Apparently that thing parses a lot of text to find things that look like phone numbers, so they can append a little skype phone call icon next to the text.

Needless to say, this has a performance effect.

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