Is Internet Explorer slow? 5 things to try

1

Upgrade to a newer version of Internet Explorer

Download a newer version of Internet Explorer and experience faster and more responsive web browsing. If you're using Windows 7 or Windows Vista, download Internet Explorer 9. If you're using Windows XP, download Internet Explorer 8.

2

Reset Internet Explorer settings

If Internet Explorer stops responding or working, if you encounter errors indicating that Internet Explorer needs to close, or if browsing feels slow, you might want to reset Internet Explorer settings. When you reset Internet Explorer settings, you basically start with a fresh version of Internet Explorer.

To automatically reset Internet Explorer settings, run the Reset Internet Explorer Settings Fix It.

To run the Reset Internet Explorer Settings Fix It

  1. Click this button:

    Microsoft Fix it button
    Fix this problem

  2. When asked whether you want to run or save the file, click Run, and then follow the steps in the wizard.

For more information, see Reset Internet Explorer 9 settings, Reset Internet Explorer 8 settings or Reset Internet Explorer 7 settings.

3

Check your Internet connection

A slow Internet connection can be caused by many things, like the type of connection you have, the presence of spyware, viruses, and other programs, or outside factors, like heavy traffic on a website.

4

Disable add-ons

While browser add-ons can enhance your online experience, they can occasionally interfere or conflict with other software on your computer. Try starting Internet Explorer without add-ons to see if the problem goes away.

If disabling add-ons solves the problem, you might want to use Manage Add-ons (which you can find on the Tools menu) to disable all add-ons and then turn on add-ons only as you use them. This will allow you to figure out which add-on is causing the problem.

To automatically disable add-ons, run the Internet Explorer Add-on Fix It.

To run the Internet Explorer Add-on Fix It

  1. Click this button:

    Microsoft Fix it button
    Fix this problem

  2. When asked whether you want to run or save the file, click Run, and then follow the steps in the wizard.

More information about add-ons:


5

Get more help

Here are some additional online resources you can check out if you've tried everything else without success.


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