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IE 6 running slow?

Is anyone else having trouble with this? I just noticed it in the past week. Is it happening to anyone else, or does anyone have any ideas about things to look for on my computer to make IE go faster. I downloaded Netscape, and it is just fine. Also, other computers on my network have IE 6 and they are as fast as they were before. Just my Win XP computer is slow.

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Re:IE 6 running slow?

You've probably got the thing loaded down with spyware. Download Ad-Aware or Spybot or some other spyware removal tool of your choice and run it. You'll probably find a number of things loaded onto your system.

Also, I'd keep Netscape or even better opt for it's big brother <a href=

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I have Spybot on my computer and run it once a week, and this week I also installed Adaware and ran it. It found a few things, but nothing major. I also uninstalled the newest IE update thinking that might be it. Now a few pages are loading faster than they were, but Ebay, to name one is still extremely slow. Thanks anyway, for all of your input so far.

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I also have found IE6 running very slow. For the last three days at least. Was thinking it might be my ISP Server but get my email with no problem and no time loading just when I go to the net. Grandmac

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Well, it turned out to be my prefetch files that needed to be deleted. I learned this from one of the links you posted. In the Windows folder -- prefetch -- delete all files. Mine had 20,400. That solved the problem. My IE is running as fast as ever!

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Hadn't though of that, but yes it could be a problem...

<UL> WinXP monitors files used when the computer starts and when an application is started that is called <b>Prefetching</b>, a process whereby:

<UL><LI> data that is expected to be requested is read ahead into the cache and decreases the time needed for process.
<LI> files prefetched are located next to each other on the outer edge of the disk.
<LI> optimization occurs in the background and lasts only a minute or two, and after the initial optimization takes place, subsequent optimization occurs, at most, every three days when you might notice the hard disk being accessed when optimization occurs. The command can force this process:

<UL>Click <b>Start,Run</b>, type <b>rundll32 advapi32 ProcessIdleTasks</b> (exactly as shown), and then press Enter.

</UL><LI> the <b>Disk Defragmenter</b> tools do not disturb the existing layout of optimized boot files and applications.

<UL><IMG src= alt=Note:> Please read through the paragraph titled <A HREF=>Prefetch</a> in the TechNet Library. (After accessing this Web page -- opens in a separate window, click <b>Edit, Find</b>, type <b>prefetch</b>, and then press Enter). Also read through, <A HREF=>Kernel Enhancements for Windows XP</a>.


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Great suggestions! Glad I found it nearly 5 years later. I deleted those files and it's running smooth as glass.


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