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Microsoft Offers Registry Fix to Patch IE, Office

Microsoft this weekend released a support document outlining lockup and unresponsive software problems that an April 11 security fix causes, but the only workaround involves editing Windows' registry, a chore usually left to advanced users.

Initial reports Friday of crashes and lockups caused by the MS06-015 security bulletin ranged from lockups of third-party software to Internet Explorer going dead.

MS06-015 was one of five bulletins released Tuesday, April 11. The critical patch was deployed to fix a flaw in Windows Explorer, the operating system's file navigation application, that could let an attack hijack a PC.

In the document posted to Microsoft's Knowledgebase support database, Microsoft acknowledged a slew of additional problems, including an inability to open Office documents from the "My Documents" folder, applications crashing when attempts to open files through the File/Open command are made, and inaccessible "My Documents" and "My Pictures" folders.

Microsoft blamed the problems on Hewlett-Packard software for scanners, cameras, and printers, but also said that Sunbelt Software's Kerio Personal Firewall prevented a recrafted Verclsid.exe file from executing.

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