Internet Explorer stops working

While trying to open PFD files I keep getting a error saying that Internet Explorer has stopped working, It was working fine then all of a sudden it ins't. Is anyone else having a problem like this? Anyone know of a fix?I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling.

Just to let you know this solution worked. Thanks for the advice!
I can't understand how this happened. I guess you have to be careful what you download from the internet as the downloads seem to come with toolbar add ons that clog up the settings on your computer. I will keep your solution to hand in case something like this happens again in the future. It's okay if you've been formally trained in computer use. I'm afraid I missed the boat with computing in school.
Thanks so much

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