|Check your Programs List for Windows Update 3097877. If it's dated 11 November or prior remove it and reboot the computer.|
The original update "Broke" Outlook and IE. The reissued update has been revised, so the update can be reinstalled after the other one is removed.
Edit: Oops. Just saw that you said you've had this problem for weeks. Try the other suggestions. :)
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