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I. E. 8 browser slows

by rbul / January 28, 2010 7:51 AM PST

XP Sp3 Home Ed.
MSI mb 7312
AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core
GeForce FX5500
2 gb ram
HDA WD 320gb
ATT Broadband DSL Pro

I initiate Yahoo email and can download websites just fine.
The "just fine" condition lasts for several minutes then downloads grind to a very slow pace.
I must 'Restart' to continue normal download speeds

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IE 8 has lots of problems
by CypherDown / January 28, 2010 7:28 PM PST
In reply to: I. E. 8 browser slows

In the case that you?ve upgrade your Internet Explorer to version 8 and a clear slowdown is noticed when the opening the browser or the browser crashes when you try opening tabs, the logical step is to scan for viruses or malwares.

* But sometimes this doesn?t work and as result your IE8 is still to slow.
* IE 8 has its own system of protection against malicious sites. As a result, there would be conflicts when changing the hosts file (with the anti-spyware installed to protect your PC).
* Another factor is that it may be due to a badly declared File System
* In any case, we are still waiting for updates from Microsoft to resolve these problems.

Here below is a small tip helping you to manage with this problem.

* Close your browser and all applications before you proceed throughout the manipulation.


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by Kees Bakker / January 28, 2010 7:35 PM PST

The link above gives 2 fixes.

The first one is a registry edit that "Deletes all entries in the Restricted & Trusted Zone list". It could have negative side effects. Be careful!

The second one is described here: The most likely way to describe the effect is "placebo". But as Ed says: it won't harm.


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What we often find with IE
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 28, 2010 8:09 PM PST
In reply to: I. E. 8 browser slows

is that poorly coded or malware related IE "Add-ons" cause problems with IE.

Your symptoms may be different. Fast downloads initially then a slowdown seems odd. What do you mean by 'downloads'? Downloading files, or the normal web page download and displaying?

If you are downloading files, then this may be an internet connection problem. If you do not get the download speeds you expect, then may be you need to contact your ISP.

However, if IE freezes, or slow responds, then this may be caused by an add-on, IE > Tools > Manage Add-ons. Your Start menu has an "IE (without add-ons)" feature, either in Start > All programs > Accessories, or further along the start menu into System Tools. If you use that, IE will start without add-ons and that's a good test to see if it now works without problems. Many web sites use add-ons to enhance the web pages, so you will lose that for many web pages, but since this is a test, that doesn't matter.

If IE without add-ons works well, then your task is to find the add-on that is causing the problem and eliminate it.

I see you mention Yahoo mail. What happens if you surf the internet 'without' accessing your Yahoo mail?

Do you have any 3rd party toolbars installed, eg Yahoo toolbar?

Other possibilities;

1] Malware.

2] Anti-virus scanner add-ons like AVG's LinkScanner.

3] More than one anti-virus running at the same time can cause conflict.

4] Utilities like Spybot Search & Destroy's Tea-Timer, or Lavasoft's AdAware's Adwatch tend not to work too well with today's anti-virus utilities.


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browser slows (IE8)
by rbul / January 29, 2010 6:27 AM PST

To establish history of anti-malware:

Zone Alarm Security Suite , firewall & Anti-Virus active.
Webroot Spy-Sweeper
Super Anti-Spyware
Housecall Launcher (used weekly)
Panda Anti-Rootkit
Windows Defender
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.1

SpyBot S&D not installed (No Tea-Timer)

Slows 'downloading Websites' (not files)
Disabling "Yahoo Mail" has no effect (still slows when it decides to)
AVG's Link Scanner - uninstalled (no effect)

I tried the
Regsvr32 Actxprxy.dll
& got the message:
"regsvr32 is not recognised as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
I looked in the Windows/system32 folder & both "regsvr32.exe & actxprxy.dll are present.

I have yet to disable all "add-ons" as there are about 30 and most would need to be "disabled" individually.

Come On I.E. Update (fix)!!

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I always have to wonder
by Jimmy Greystone / January 29, 2010 7:54 AM PST
In reply to: browser slows (IE8)

I always have to wonder when I see people rattle off a big long list of programs like this, all with the singular purpose of trying to contain and clean up after Internet Explorer, why people keep using it.

If you used Firefox, Chrome, or any of the other browsers out there, you could pretty much get rid of all those programs except a basic firewall (XP's built in one would suffice) and an AV program. That's it. Well, also assuming you did some basic things like don't go to porn or software piracy sites, don't use file sharing programs, or open suspicious email attachments. It's really not rocket science to keep a system running well, you just have to do some real simple things. Simple things like avoid programs with widely exploited problems like Internet Explorer.

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Did I see ZoneAlarm 'and' AVG in that list?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 29, 2010 8:53 PM PST
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What I saw...

ZoneAlarm Security Suite, including firewall and active anti-virus. I assume this suite also has its anti-spyware component active.

AVG's LinkScanner uninstalled.

Tell us more about that. Did you, (do you still), have AVG installed? If so, running two anti-virus utilities at the same time will inevitably slow down a system. May also slow down web browsing. I don't know if AVG's Linkscanner can be installed separately, (ie, without), AVG anti-virus, so I assume you have or had both AVG and LinkScanner.

If you have both AVG anti-virus and LinkScanner, disabling LinkScanner doesn't really work. You would have to uninstall AVG, then re-install it but during the install process make sure you select not to install the LinkScanner.

However, having two anti-viruses is not recommended.

One other point. If your ZoneAlarm's anti-spyware component is active, do you have any other anti-spyware running in the background, eg Windows Defender, Webroot SpySweeper, or SUPERAntispyware? If so, the same consideration applies. Do not have more than one anti-spyware utility running at the same time. However, using the others as manual scanners on occasion is fine.

Hope that helps.


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Anti-Virus, etc.
by rbul / January 29, 2010 11:13 PM PST

Only 1 anti-virus is running, which also means I deactivated Windows firewall & Anti-virus.
No AVG, if it's not on the list it's not installed.

Yes more than one anti-spyware is active however this is first time I've read that more than one could be detrimental.

I will however take your advice and disable all others.

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IE8 slooow
by rbul / February 1, 2010 6:33 AM PST
In reply to: Anti-Virus, etc.

I followed your advice and using Windows Defender, disabled all anti-malware in the startup file & as yet have not had a re-occurance of I.E.8 going to sleep on me.
Since Zone Alarm Security Suite is my primary Firewall & Anti-virus deterant, that application alone starts with Windows.

Thanks for your help,

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 1, 2010 8:42 PM PST
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Good work, and I hope IE continues to behave.


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IE8 nods off
by rbul / February 13, 2010 5:21 AM PST
In reply to: Excellent.

I recently re-enabled Webroots Spy Sweeper,
IE8 is still staying alert.

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Re: I. E. 8 browser slows
by Kyler_IE8_Team / February 1, 2010 9:54 AM PST
In reply to: I. E. 8 browser slows

One thing that can really slow down IE8 or even crash it, is if there are a lot of 'add-ons' running while you are trying to browse, managing your add-ons can really speed up browsing. To fix try this:

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. (i.e. tool bars)
If you?re still not having any luck, I recommend you reinstall IE8 on your system.


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