I have some problems with some clients using Internet Explorer 7 to access an internal web application.
Sometimes, IE7 on the client fails to load part of web pages or some images on that page. It is not systematic (i.e. the same page sometimes loads correctly and sometimes not, and the page with the problem varies every time) and it appears to be random, but it happens quite enough frequently to have those users complain a lot.
What I have excluded:
Other clients on the same network, accessing the same web application on the same server, doesn't have the problem, so it doesn't appear to be caused by the server, the application or the network.
The malfunctioning clients also have some similar problems when browsing the internet, so it doesn't appear to be caused by the internal web app. Other clients also have IE7 and no problems, so it doesn't appear to be connected with the particular version of IE.
What I tried:
I applied Windows XP SP3 to those PC, and all patches from Microsoft Update, with no result. I have scanned the PC for viruses, and found none active. I have disabled the antivirus, with no result (and other clients with the same antivirus have no problems). Unfortunately, I can't try with different browsers, because the web app is designed to run only on IE.
What I suppose:
I know that those PCs have been infected with Conficker Worm some weeks ago, so it could have left some corrupted files or registry entry. But I don't know what to search for, or how to repair it.
IF the problem is confirmed to be caused by IE, would the upgrade to IE8 solve the problem? Would a complete uninstall and reinstall of IE7 solve it?
I will appreciate any help you can offer, especially if you have experienced the same problem.