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My Internet Explorer 8 is slow to start up. it says "Connecting" forever

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My Internet Explorer 8 is slow to start up. it says "Connecting" forever

JADavis9
I am on a fast cable service on a small home network and this pc is wired not wireless. So why does IE take so long to start up and say "Connecting" for so long while starting up?
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    1bn0

    Tools
    Internet Options
    Connections
    LAN Settings
    Automatically detect settings - uncheck

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    JADavis9

    Thanks, but Automatically detect was not checked

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    Ron K.

    I've always thought that automatically detect settings needs to be checked. <br>
    Whenever IE8 gives me trouble I reset everything in the Tools|Options Security and the Advanced tab back to the default.

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    JADavis9

    Automatically Detect is checked. And my IE was set back to Default and my FileHippo updates site would not download my updates, so I put it back to Custom. FileHippo works but IE is still a bit slow to start up.

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    Ron K.

    It never occured to me that you may have some heavily used home page. Your initial connection totally depends upon how busy your home page is. Me? I'd much rather navigate anywhere I want when I start IE. That way it doesn't matter if one page is slow; I can have several tabs open and be doing something else while another page is loading.

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    JADavis9

    it doesn't help me so I put TechRepublic back as my Start Page while I try to clear up some pc issues that I have been working on.

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    Ron K.

    If I were you, in IE8 I'd go to Tools|Manage Add-ons | and see what's what. Disable any that look odd. <br>
    Also, not knowing, at this point, if you've done it, I'd do a <b>deep</b> scan with Malwarebyte Antimalware located here: http://www.malwarebytes.org/ A full scan will take awhile so be patient. It's important to be thorough. <br>
    Set all security and the advanced options back to the default values, in Tools|Internet Options. <br>
    Let me know how you make out. You can still run Hijack This and post results, tedious as they are to read. Hijack This is available here: http://download.cnet.com/Trend-Micro-HijackThis/3000-8022_4-10227353.html

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    Slayer_

    Have you tried an alternate browser? There are a lot to choose from, almost all are better than IE in some way or another.

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    Ron K.

    I've started using it again, for some things, in the past week. It's not as bad as I remember it being.

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    JADavis9

    Ron. I looked at Tools/Manage Add Ons and see quite a few that are from programs that I use that are repectable publishers like Microsoft, Adobe, AVG, Sun Micro (Java). But I see some at the bottom of the list marked Publisher Not Available such as:
    Blog this in Windows Live Writer
    Create Mobile Favorite
    Create Mobile Favorite ...
    Uninstall BitDefender Online Scanner v8
    Research
    Spybot - Search & Destroy Configuration
    Diagnose Connection Problems
    Windows Messenger
    Discuss
    I "disabled" all except Windows Messenger since I am thinking of switching to it instead of using Yahoo Messenger or my gMail Chat.
    I shut down IE and it seems to have sped it up a bit. Wonder if I should Enable any of those Add Ons that I Disabled?
    I may try Malwarebytes and Hijack This. I have run both in the past but have since uninstalled them both.

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    Ron K.

    I wouldn't enable anything at this point.<br>
    Download Malwarebytes and all updates, boot into Safe Mode by holding down the F8 key after rebooting, as soon as the screen goes black and it restarts. Run a <b>deep</b> scan with Malwarebytes and resolve any issues. You may see Automatic Updates being off (during a scan), it's safe to ignore that one. <br>
    After running a scan running Hijack This is a good idea.<br>
    Your IE home page should remain at about:blank. If not, there is something funky happening.

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    OH Smeg

    If you are running XP and upgraded from IE7 to 8 after installing IE7 onto the system from IE6 then you have a conflict occurring from the IE7 Install.

    This is a documented Item in the M$ Knowledge Base and the recommended solution is to open the Control Panel, then the Add Remove Programs and remove IE8. Then reboot the system remove IE7 and reboot again. Then install IE8 on top of IE6. That will cure the Slow opening times for IE8 according to Microsoft.

    I would however suggest downloading the IE8 Install File before removing it though, if you do not already have it stored to a Temp Folder on your HDD.

    Col

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    JADavis9

    Will I need to save my Favorites before removing IE8?
    I have been messing around with Safari and it is fast and it uses my IE Favorites. I am not sure if it imported them or just uses the same file. But if I try to fix IE, I don't want to lose my Favorites when I Remove IE8.

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    Ron K.

    File | Import and Export | Export to a file and save whatever you'd like. Save to a known location, not a temp file.

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    OH Smeg

    But in addition to the above advice another way to Backup your Favorites is to Open My Computer/Explorer then the C Drive and My Documents & Settings. Just copy the Favorites Folder somewhere and you have backed it up.

    OH and with Safari it imports the IE Favorites so ideally it shouldn't loose what it has saved when you delete IE8.

    Col

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    JADavis9

    I see these in Add/Remove (show updates)
    Windows Internet Explorer 8
    Windows Internet Explorer 8-Software Updates
    Should I remove both or just the first item?
    Also, how do I remove IE7? I don't see it on the Add/Remove list.

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    OH Smeg

    And then after you restart the system you should see IE7 in the Add Remove Programs I understand.

    But as I have never personally done this I'm unsure I have always followed M$ Advice and removed IE7 before installing IE8.

    Col

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    gharlow

    Go to Tools -> Internet Options -> Advanced Tab

    Click the reset button.

    This has a good shot of fixing the problem.

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    JADavis9

    I tried resetting and then my FileHippo update checker wouldn't work. I see way too many custom selections that I have made over the years to make certain things work. So I got back to my normal settings by clicking Restore Advanced Settings button there. When I click the IE button, I count to 10 as it starts to open, then I count to 8 while it says Loading. Maybe that is acceptable?
    I downloaded Safari and it loads pretty quickly in the count of 3. Should I just learn it and stick with it?

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    jfuller05

    It's just as fast as Safari. I would suggest following OHSmeg's plan.

    I use IE8 at work; finishes loading at the count of 3.

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    Ron K.

    You're shooting yourself in the foot with it. There's an old saying, if you keep doing what you're doing you'll keep getting what you're getting. <br>
    I've been to File Hippo. Yeah, cool, fine site. Whoopee. Am I going to let it hose my system with some crap-*** updater? <br>
    No! <br>
    You've been given excellent advice. If you don't choose to follow it don't expect time and space to warp to meet your desires.

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    JADavis9

    I am not the smartest guy around. Can you tell me whether or not it is good or bad to use File Hippo Update Checker? I thought that all it did was look for newer versions of software that is on your pc and help you download the updates after you notice that there is an update. Should I consider not using it?

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    Ron K.

    would try to see how fast IE8 is without being all garbaged up with toolbars, funky homepages, update checkers, widgets and add-ons. Wouldn't they? <br>
    FWIW- I select which applications need to be updated on my schedule and not some arbitrary schedule chosen by a third party software. I'm a bit more paranoid than you. I want to KNOW what is being installed on my computer and WHY it's being installed. That's why I control it.

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    JADavis9

    File Hippo just goes thru the programs it finds on my pc when I log on and gives me a list of program that have updates that are available. I get to select any of them individually or not. I don't have it show me beta versions. It seems to work really nicely.

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    Ron K.

    Why go there immediately? Do you always feel like going to File Hippo? Did you even try about:blank as your home page or am I just wasting my breath over here?

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    JADavis9

    I don't want to mess with learning another program. So I set IE as default browser and uninstalled Safari using REVO Uninstaller. Safari may have been a few seconds faster to load and start, but I know IE and want to use it.

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    sachinjoseph

    Uninstall or disable all IE8 toolbars (including Windows Live Toolbar, MSN Toolbar, Yahoo Toolbar, Google Toolbar etc) by right-clicking on the toolbars area and unchecking all toolbars other than the favorites bar.

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    1bn0

    Tools
    Internet Options
    Connections
    LAN Settings
    Automatically detect settings - uncheck

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    JADavis9

    Thanks, but Automatically detect was not checked

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    0 Votes
    Ron K.

    I've always thought that automatically detect settings needs to be checked. <br>
    Whenever IE8 gives me trouble I reset everything in the Tools|Options Security and the Advanced tab back to the default.

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    0 Votes
    JADavis9

    Automatically Detect is checked. And my IE was set back to Default and my FileHippo updates site would not download my updates, so I put it back to Custom. FileHippo works but IE is still a bit slow to start up.

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    0 Votes
    Ron K.

    It never occured to me that you may have some heavily used home page. Your initial connection totally depends upon how busy your home page is. Me? I'd much rather navigate anywhere I want when I start IE. That way it doesn't matter if one page is slow; I can have several tabs open and be doing something else while another page is loading.

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    JADavis9

    it doesn't help me so I put TechRepublic back as my Start Page while I try to clear up some pc issues that I have been working on.

    +
    0 Votes
    Ron K.

    If I were you, in IE8 I'd go to Tools|Manage Add-ons | and see what's what. Disable any that look odd. <br>
    Also, not knowing, at this point, if you've done it, I'd do a <b>deep</b> scan with Malwarebyte Antimalware located here: http://www.malwarebytes.org/ A full scan will take awhile so be patient. It's important to be thorough. <br>
    Set all security and the advanced options back to the default values, in Tools|Internet Options. <br>
    Let me know how you make out. You can still run Hijack This and post results, tedious as they are to read. Hijack This is available here: http://download.cnet.com/Trend-Micro-HijackThis/3000-8022_4-10227353.html

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    Slayer_

    Have you tried an alternate browser? There are a lot to choose from, almost all are better than IE in some way or another.

    +
    0 Votes
    Ron K.

    I've started using it again, for some things, in the past week. It's not as bad as I remember it being.

    +
    0 Votes
    JADavis9

    Ron. I looked at Tools/Manage Add Ons and see quite a few that are from programs that I use that are repectable publishers like Microsoft, Adobe, AVG, Sun Micro (Java). But I see some at the bottom of the list marked Publisher Not Available such as:
    Blog this in Windows Live Writer
    Create Mobile Favorite
    Create Mobile Favorite ...
    Uninstall BitDefender Online Scanner v8
    Research
    Spybot - Search & Destroy Configuration
    Diagnose Connection Problems
    Windows Messenger
    Discuss
    I "disabled" all except Windows Messenger since I am thinking of switching to it instead of using Yahoo Messenger or my gMail Chat.
    I shut down IE and it seems to have sped it up a bit. Wonder if I should Enable any of those Add Ons that I Disabled?
    I may try Malwarebytes and Hijack This. I have run both in the past but have since uninstalled them both.

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    0 Votes
    Ron K.

    I wouldn't enable anything at this point.<br>
    Download Malwarebytes and all updates, boot into Safe Mode by holding down the F8 key after rebooting, as soon as the screen goes black and it restarts. Run a <b>deep</b> scan with Malwarebytes and resolve any issues. You may see Automatic Updates being off (during a scan), it's safe to ignore that one. <br>
    After running a scan running Hijack This is a good idea.<br>
    Your IE home page should remain at about:blank. If not, there is something funky happening.

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    0 Votes
    OH Smeg

    If you are running XP and upgraded from IE7 to 8 after installing IE7 onto the system from IE6 then you have a conflict occurring from the IE7 Install.

    This is a documented Item in the M$ Knowledge Base and the recommended solution is to open the Control Panel, then the Add Remove Programs and remove IE8. Then reboot the system remove IE7 and reboot again. Then install IE8 on top of IE6. That will cure the Slow opening times for IE8 according to Microsoft.

    I would however suggest downloading the IE8 Install File before removing it though, if you do not already have it stored to a Temp Folder on your HDD.

    Col

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    JADavis9

    Will I need to save my Favorites before removing IE8?
    I have been messing around with Safari and it is fast and it uses my IE Favorites. I am not sure if it imported them or just uses the same file. But if I try to fix IE, I don't want to lose my Favorites when I Remove IE8.

    +
    0 Votes
    Ron K.

    File | Import and Export | Export to a file and save whatever you'd like. Save to a known location, not a temp file.

    +
    0 Votes
    OH Smeg

    But in addition to the above advice another way to Backup your Favorites is to Open My Computer/Explorer then the C Drive and My Documents & Settings. Just copy the Favorites Folder somewhere and you have backed it up.

    OH and with Safari it imports the IE Favorites so ideally it shouldn't loose what it has saved when you delete IE8.

    Col

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    JADavis9

    I see these in Add/Remove (show updates)
    Windows Internet Explorer 8
    Windows Internet Explorer 8-Software Updates
    Should I remove both or just the first item?
    Also, how do I remove IE7? I don't see it on the Add/Remove list.

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    OH Smeg

    And then after you restart the system you should see IE7 in the Add Remove Programs I understand.

    But as I have never personally done this I'm unsure I have always followed M$ Advice and removed IE7 before installing IE8.

    Col

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    gharlow

    Go to Tools -> Internet Options -> Advanced Tab

    Click the reset button.

    This has a good shot of fixing the problem.

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    0 Votes
    JADavis9

    I tried resetting and then my FileHippo update checker wouldn't work. I see way too many custom selections that I have made over the years to make certain things work. So I got back to my normal settings by clicking Restore Advanced Settings button there. When I click the IE button, I count to 10 as it starts to open, then I count to 8 while it says Loading. Maybe that is acceptable?
    I downloaded Safari and it loads pretty quickly in the count of 3. Should I just learn it and stick with it?

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    0 Votes
    jfuller05

    It's just as fast as Safari. I would suggest following OHSmeg's plan.

    I use IE8 at work; finishes loading at the count of 3.

    +
    0 Votes
    Ron K.

    You're shooting yourself in the foot with it. There's an old saying, if you keep doing what you're doing you'll keep getting what you're getting. <br>
    I've been to File Hippo. Yeah, cool, fine site. Whoopee. Am I going to let it hose my system with some crap-*** updater? <br>
    No! <br>
    You've been given excellent advice. If you don't choose to follow it don't expect time and space to warp to meet your desires.

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    0 Votes
    JADavis9

    I am not the smartest guy around. Can you tell me whether or not it is good or bad to use File Hippo Update Checker? I thought that all it did was look for newer versions of software that is on your pc and help you download the updates after you notice that there is an update. Should I consider not using it?

    +
    0 Votes
    Ron K.

    would try to see how fast IE8 is without being all garbaged up with toolbars, funky homepages, update checkers, widgets and add-ons. Wouldn't they? <br>
    FWIW- I select which applications need to be updated on my schedule and not some arbitrary schedule chosen by a third party software. I'm a bit more paranoid than you. I want to KNOW what is being installed on my computer and WHY it's being installed. That's why I control it.

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    0 Votes
    JADavis9

    File Hippo just goes thru the programs it finds on my pc when I log on and gives me a list of program that have updates that are available. I get to select any of them individually or not. I don't have it show me beta versions. It seems to work really nicely.

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    0 Votes
    Ron K.

    Why go there immediately? Do you always feel like going to File Hippo? Did you even try about:blank as your home page or am I just wasting my breath over here?

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    0 Votes
    JADavis9

    I don't want to mess with learning another program. So I set IE as default browser and uninstalled Safari using REVO Uninstaller. Safari may have been a few seconds faster to load and start, but I know IE and want to use it.

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    sachinjoseph

    Uninstall or disable all IE8 toolbars (including Windows Live Toolbar, MSN Toolbar, Yahoo Toolbar, Google Toolbar etc) by right-clicking on the toolbars area and unchecking all toolbars other than the favorites bar.