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Having trouble fixing slow Internet Explorer

by techlilly / December 1, 2009 1:08 AM PST

Problem: I'm having trouble with IE slow issues. My computer runs like molasses with IE. It takes seconds (like 20 or more) to bring up even the simplest of pages. My machine seems to run fine with other browsers such as Google Chrome or Safari.

What I want to do: Run IE without slowness issues.

What I've tried: So far I've only gotten as far as trying to figure out how to uninstall IE so that I can reinstall it. No luck! I looked both in Control Panel>programs and features, as well as in the "uninstall updates" option to figure out how to uninstall the program. IE is nowhere to be found. I also can't figure out what version of IE i'm running. The UI looks like IE7 but I can't find version info anywhere.

My OS: I'm running Vista SP1, 32-bit.

Can someone help?

Thank you!

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by Jimmy Greystone / December 1, 2009 1:25 AM PST

Sounds like you've figured out the dirty little secret of Internet Explorer: Malware.

Using IE is like painting a giant flashing neon bullseye on your back, and then walking around a shooting range in the dark when it comes to attracting malware.

So, if you choose to continue using IE, you need to understand that this sort of problem WILL continue to happen, and that not all malware is a brazen as the types that will redirect search requests, pop up porno ads, etc. Some will sit quietly, waiting for you to log into any kind of a secure site where you might be entering in bank or credit card info. Once you do that, they will start recording EVERYTHING you type and send it along to some criminal or group of criminals where it might be used for various nefarious purposes.

Malware is an unavoidable fact of life with regular use of Internet Explorer until such time that Microsoft takes it upon themselves to completely rewrite the entire ActiveX system, which would likely result in virtually all ActiveX controls needing to be overhauled. This would include things like Flash.

So, I strongly recommend that people choose another browser. ANY other browser, so long as it's not something like Maxathon that's just a different shell on IE. Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera... Using any of those over IE would pretty effectively kneecap the whole malware problem.

Now, if you insist on continuing to use IE, you will need to download and maintain a small fleet of malware removers. Even if your anti-virus program claims to also have malware detection/removal services, it is simply inadequate. Others may suggest other programs, but at a minimum I would suggest Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, AdAware, Spybot, and Windows Defender (which is already in Vista).

You will need to download all of these, and probably others, keep them up to date, and then scan your system with each of them, in succession, about once a week. More if you start to detect odd behavior in IE.

Or, you could just not use IE (after cleaning up the malware you already have) and not have to worry about this so much. Choice is yours, but from where I stand, there's no real choice at all unless you're a brain dead idiot.

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no help at all
by techlilly / December 1, 2009 1:57 AM PST
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Well, thanks for not answering my question at all and instead inserting your unsolicited OPINION.

You are not helpful.

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In addition
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 1, 2009 2:01 AM PST
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Read the whole thing
by Jimmy Greystone / December 1, 2009 2:29 AM PST
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Read the whole thing before sticking your foot in your mouth any further.

And on a bit of a rant, there's really something wrong with us as a culture these days. Everyone's in a hurry, and even if they don't know what they're in a hurry for, they have to hurry. Everyone just wants the quick fix that will magically solve all their problems, and when you try and present them with a reasoned argument as to why they are asking the impossible, along with presenting a case for an alternative solution... You get responses like the above.

I mean really... Whether or not the answer was what you were looking for, you're taking advantage of a FREE service. I'm not being paid to answer questions here, I do it on a strictly VOLUNTARY basis. And quite simply, I spent a lot of time and effort to amass the skills needed to answer a lot of the questions posed by people here. I do not have to share this knowledge with anyone, I could hoard it to myself, but I instead CHOOSE to share it here at no charge. So even if it's not the answer you were looking for, you could at least show a minimal level of gratitude that someone bothered to offer up some kind of a response, since this is an all VOLUNTEER and FREE service.

And finally, you should really refresh your memory on the difference between FACT and OPINION. Nothing I said is untrue. Internet Explorer suffers from a malware problem that no other browsers do. That is a FACT. If you use Internet Explorer, the odds of contracting some form of malware is a FACT. Some malware is rather insidious is a FACT. All of these things can easily be corroborated by dozens, hundreds, even thousands of independent sources. You verified some of it yourself by saying that IE runs exceedingly poor, while Chrome runs normally.

An OPINION would be me saying that IE sucks, it's the worst browser in the world, etc, etc. Things that are a matter of personal preference. Another example of an OPINION would be if I had promoted one alternative browser over the others. I happen to have a preference for Firefox, but I really could give a toss if someone else likes Chrome, Safari, Opera, or whatever else there is out there. That in no way cheapens or lessens the experience I have with Firefox. I really don't care if people use Internet Explorer, it's just important that they be aware of the risks they are assuming by doing so. Yes, that is an opinion, but one that I think very few people would find objectionable or disagreeable. I think the overwhelming majority of people would agree with the opinion that being able to make informed decisions is a Good Thing(tm).

Now, if you do not like the answers you get, then you are free to go elsewhere, but you'll find that my "opinions" as you incorrectly call my statements of FACT, are indeed FACTUAL. There is simply no way to completely avoid malware with IE short of lobotomizing it by turning off ActiveX and ActiveScript. Something that is NOT necessary with any of the other browsers I mentioned. Again, that is simply a FACT, as I am not making any sort of value judgment about it, and it is easily verified by multiple sources.

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by feranm_ie8team / December 1, 2009 2:14 AM PST

In IE, go to ?tools? and ?manage add-ons?. Disabling any unnecessary add-ons may help your Internet run faster. Try disabling add-ons with more than a .2 sec load time such as toolbars.

Or try running IE in no add-ons mode. Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Internet Explorer (No Add-ons) to see if an add-on is causing the problem. If this fixes the issue, then go to Tools -> Manage Add-ons and change the Show setting on the left to All Add-ons, then select all of the add-ons listed and click Disable All. You can then enable the add-ons one by one to find which one is causing the problem.

Hope that helps.
Internet Explorer Outreach Team

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