Do you see your Internet explorer browser suddenly performing slowly or in a sluggish manner or else do you see that it is responding very slowly to your browsing actions? Then try out these five troubleshooting steps to get your Internet Explorer browser up and running as normal as before.
1) Upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer browser
Most of the time, a problem arising from a browser can be solved simply by upgrading to the latest version. The latest version will have major bugs fixed and all the required security updates incorporated into it.
So, if you are a Windows XP user, then install Internet Explorer 8 on your system and if you are Windows Vista or a Windows 7 user, install Internet Explorer 9.
If upgrading to the latest version of the browser did not solve the problem then try below mentioned troubleshooting tip.
2) Reset your Internet Explorer Settings
If your Internet Explorer browser performance starts degrading, stops working or responding or else if it encounters some errors suggesting that the browser should be closed, then try resetting your Internet Explorer settings.
How to Reset Internet Explorer settings
1) Click on the Tools icon that you see at the top right hand corner of your browser window and then click on Internet Options.
2) In the Internet Options window thus opened, under the Advanced panel, in the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, click on the Reset button.
3) In the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialogue box thus opened, click on the Reset button.
4) When the browser finishes applying the changes, click on Close and then on OK.
5) Exit from your Internet Explorer browser.
6) Restart the browser again to have the changes take effect.
If you are not able to reset your Internet explorer settings, then it is likely that your browser could not access a registry setting or a file. This might be due to the following reasons.
- You might not have the permission to make the above said changes. So, login as Administrator to gain access and then try resetting.
- Your system may be having low memory. So, restart your system and give another try.
- Your system may be using a high percentage of CPU. So, restart it and give another try at resetting the settings of your browser.
3) Check your Internet Connection
before proceeding to the next troubleshooting tip, just check out whether your Internet connection is working fine. problem might arise even if you have a faulty internet Connection.
4) Run Internet Explorer without the add-ons
Browser add-ons are like catalysts that adds enhancement to your browsing experience but at the same time, they can cause a performance degradation of your browser by interfering with the other software and programs installed in your system.
Run your browser with all the add-ons disabled and see whether the problem still persists. If the problem is gone, then go to Manage Add-ons window and try enabling each add-on individually. Once you see that enabling an add-on re-insists the same problem in your browser, then it is confirmed that, the just enabled add-on is the culprit. Remove that add-on from your browser.
How to Run Internet Explorer with add-ons disabled
When you start Internet Explorer, you will see a yellow notification box at the bottom of your browser window which tells, run your Internet Explorer browser faster by disabling add-ons. Click on the Yes button and proceed.
In case, if you don’t see the yellow notification on startup, then you have to go into the Manage Add-ons window and disable each add-on individually. to access the Manage Add-ons window, go to Tools- >Manage Add-ons in your Internet Explorer browser.
5) If any of the above troubleshooting steps solves your problem, then try the following