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IE7 and PC Slowdowns

By rwbyshe ·
I've been seeing a lot of discussion and complaints in various forums and blogs about IE7 and how much people feel it slows down their PC's.

What I'm wondering is if there is any actual hard data that supports that "position" or is it merely conjecture and misplaced frustration on the part of some people.

Thanks for your input.

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Phishing Filter

by gsquared In reply to IE7 and PC Slowdowns

When I first started using the beta of IE 7, I had the phishing filter turned on and it crawled. I think several page loads got rear-ended by a glacier.

I turned off the phishing filter, which MS recommends against, and the speed issues went away.

I haven't tried the phishing filter since, despite repeated warnings from Vista and IE 7 that I should turn it on for all user accounts.

So far as I can tell, the phishing filter isn't really ready for use. This may have changed since I tested it several months ago, but from what I hear, I doubt it.

So, if IE 7 is really slow for you, try turning off the phishing filter and see if that helps.

I think the phishing filter databases may be a product that could be installed on a local machine and have daily updates, like antivirus, but I think performance over the web may be too slow. It basically has to be a database search, and since it's comparing text strings, it's going to be relatively low performance. Add in millions of concurrent users, and you have a serious database use nightmare situation. Make it a simple local database (like AV) and it might peform well enough to be a real product.

MS would probably be better off adding it to their OneCare product than making it part of a Web-based solution in IE. (Should be easy enough to create a Firefox plug-in that would work that way too, I would think.)

I could be wrong about that. Maybe it can work over the Net. But I don't see that being the reality at this time.

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Help from Microsoft

by iogt007 In reply to IE7 and PC Slowdowns

I had the same problem of sluggish page loads , but I contacted Microsoft for help. My biggest frustration was it was taking 30 full seconds to get to the next web page from hotmail to an outside link. They told me to disable the unnecessary browser tool bars and go to internet options and delete cookies,casche, and history.In addition to that I think, since they were alerted to the problem,they remotely configured my computer because now everything works ok.

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problem is crashes not slowdowns

by tioedong In reply to IE7 and PC Slowdowns

Maybe it's just me, but my problem with IE7 is that it freezes up and has to be shut. Is that a slow down or a crash?
I usually use Firefox, and that new version crashes too, but usually it only freezes after I've been on the internet for hours or have too many windows open. I mainly use IE7it to post to my Xanga blog, which won't open in Firefox. Alas, so far this week I've lost two posts.

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IE7 Problems

by brotherjim01 In reply to IE7 and PC Slowdowns

Since I downloaded IE7, it's become impossible to sign into my working email addy.

I use yahoo.com, and when signing in with IE7, I do the ID and the password, and when I enter, the same page comes back to me, to be ID again and etc. That's not all: At other times, I haven't the ability to sign in with IE7, because the yahoo.com sign in page keeps disappearing, and coming back about every three seconds, and even when I have tried to enter even one letter of my ID, that doesn't enter and the in and out of the page continues, until I x it out, and go back to my firefox 2.0.

Anyone with these problems? All was well with the previous IE6 whatever, until I installed #7. I would like to hear from anyone having these problems!

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Slowness probably due to an obsolete PC

by japerabbit In reply to IE7 and PC Slowdowns

I recently upgraded my PC to an SATA HD, Pentium D 2800, 1 GB DDR2 RAM, PCI Express, and a new Gigabyte Motherboard. IE7 has no problems espeacially with Windows Live & Yahoo's Toolbars that have fantastic features such as form fill and the like. I also use Firefox 2 and both have proven to be sturdy and reliable. Everything is running super smooth for me, so I doubt it's the browser one should be looking at if the PC is bogging down.

IE7 & Firefox 2 are more intense with their features that make your internet browsing more simple and enjoyable; hence a bit more juice is gonna be required. You can't just plop a navigation system in a 72 VW beetle and expect it to work.

Once again, common sense prevails.

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It actually happens

by jmgarvin In reply to IE7 and PC Slowdowns

IE7 doesn't get along with some AV (Norton comes to mind) and really does not like third party firewalls.

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IE7 is indeed slows down sys.

by vineet.spikey In reply to IE7 and PC Slowdowns

i hv been using IE7 for 1 month now. earlier i had opera. the differance is quite significant. i really believe this is happening because of the "phising" which takes place in IE7.

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the above statement is a fact

by impalacu2 In reply to IE7 and PC Slowdowns

I installed IE7 ON MY WINDOWS XP WITH SERVICE PACK TWO THE COMPUTER WHICH IS NOT MISSING ANY UPDATES,ON FIRST INSTALLED IT WAS RESTARTING ON AND ON AND ON. ON THE SECOND INSTALLED THE PC WAS SLOWING DOWN, WAS REALLY BAD, END UP UNINSTALLING IE7, AND REINSTALLED FIREFOX.
I DIT LIKE IE7 DESK TOP, IF IT ONLY WORKED

THE BEAR

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Slow down vs Incompatibility

by Ronnie.Chia In reply to IE7 and PC Slowdowns

So far I have not notice the slow down, maybe it is due to the fact that I just rebuilt my notebook.

However, the concern is that incompatibility with other software, etc.

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Computers locking up

by mist27 In reply to Slow down vs Incompatibil ...

computer 1 AMD unable to access programs,
freezing, and restarts, after installing IE7
solution, remove. and reinstall IE6.
computer 2 Compaq laptop, freezing and recycling, errors report to MS, unable to access to use restore Disk, it appears that the HDD will have to be removed, wiped, reloaded.
not happy at all with IE7.

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