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Internet Explorer is Sooooo Slow

Improving Internet Explorer Performance

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One day, you're surfing the Internet just fine. The next day, Internet Explorer has slowed to a crawl. Sometimes, many web sites display "Page cannot be displayed" or "Cannot find server" error messages. With just a bit of housekeeping, you can resolve Internet Explorer performance issues and keep them from happening in the future.

1. How To Delete Temporary Internet Files and Cookies

Internet Explorer caches web pages you visit and cookies coming from those pages. While designed to speed up browsing, if left unchecked the burgeoning folders can sometimes slow IE to a crawl or cause other unexpected behavior. In general, the less is more principal works well here - keep the Internet Explorer cache small and clear it often. Here's how to:
  • Delete Temporary Internet Files and Cookies
  • 2. How to Disable Add-Ons in Internet Explorer

    When it comes to IE, it seems everyone wants a piece of it. While legitimate toolbars and other browser helper objects (BHOs) are fine, some aren't so legit or - at least - their presence is questionable. Here's how to:
  • Disable Unwanted Add-Ons in Internet Explorer
  • 3. How To Reset Internet Explorer Start & Search Pages

    Spyware and adware often change your browser Start and Search pages to point to unwanted websites. Even if you've removed the infestation responsible, you may still need to reset the web settings. Here's how to:
  • Reset Internet Explorer Start & Search Pages
  • 4. How To Reset Settings in Internet Explorer v7

    Sometimes, despite our best efforts, something happens that causes Internet Explorer to become unstable. Fortunately, Internet Explorer 7 offers an easy-to-use feature that deletes all temporary files, disables add-ons, and resets changed settings back to their defaults. Here's how to:
  • Reset Internet Explorer v7 Settings
  • 5. How to Disable AutoComplete in Internet Explorer

    AutoComplete not only makes it easier for you to automatically fill in forms and logon to secure sites - it also makes it easier for Trojans and hackers to gain access to your personal data and logon credentials. Here's how to clear the sensitive data stored by AutoComplete and how to disable the feature to protect yourself from compromise. Here's how to:
  • Disable AutoComplete in Internet Explorer
  • 6. How To Clear the Internet Explorer History Folder

    You visited a great web site on Thursday, but forgot to bookmark the URL. Now it's Sunday and you can't remember how to get back there. This is where the Internet Explorer History folder comes in handy. But just as it lets you trace back your Internet browsing steps, others can also use it to see where you've been. If the downside seems greater than the upside, here's how you can delete the Internet Explorer History and how you can prevent it from being stored in the future. Here's how to:
  • Clear the Internet Explorer History Folder
  • 7. Securing Internet Explorer

    Annoyed by pop-ups? Worried about "drive-by downloads" and spyware? Has your Internet Explorer start page been taken hostage by an unwelcome site? Relax. Internet Explorer has a built-in mechanism for controlling the Internet nasties that threaten to ruin your browsing experience. Best of all, it's free - all that's required is a little bit of elbow grease. Here's how to:
  • Take Advantage of IE's Security Zones
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