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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
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Tools
Internet Options
Connections
LAN Settings
Automatically detect settings - uncheck

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JADavis9
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Thanks, but Automatically detect was not checked

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Ron K.
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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_
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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.
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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
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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.