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Problems with IE-8


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#1 Garbin

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 04:31 PM

New here, so I hope I'm in the right place. I've been having a long ongoing problem with Internet Explorer 8. When I try to open a web page, at least 50% of the time the page never opens. It either just sits at a blank white page, or only part of the page loads. For a long time I though it was a DNS problem, but when I installed Google's Chrome browser, it worked nearly all the time. Problem with Chrome, is it's not supported on some of my regular websites. I'm also able to get pretty good browsing action out of Firefox, which I run under Ubuntu, in a VMware virtual machine. (with XP Pro as the host OS).
A friend in Tech Support, suggested I run Combofix, which I did, but it didn't seem to help. Another Tech friend, offered the idea that some sort of obscure malware had hosed the registry references to IE-8. I've also ran IOLO's System Mechanic on the machine, which seemed to speed bootup up a bit, but didn't help with the browser.
Bottom Line: I'm limping along, spending way to much time trying to get web pages to open. Any help will be appreciated.

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 05:13 PM

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

• Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

• Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

• Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

• Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

• The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.


ComboFix usage, Questions, Help? - Look here

Unlike what many people think, Combofix is not a fix-all program that's just "run and done". It is a highly specialized tool that should only be used under the supervision of an expert. It's not an "everyday use", clean-all program.

If you suspect malware, please post a new topic in the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs sub-forum, with a description of the issues you are having and the contents of the log file (copy and paste the contents of the log into your topic, don't attach it). Please note: the Malware Response team are always overwhelmed, and it could take a few days to get your first reply. Just be patient and don't "bump" your topic by replying to it. You will also likely be scolded for running Combofix without supervision.

If you don't suspect malware and just ran Combofix for no good reason, please uninstall it by typing the following into the "Run" box and pressing Enter: combofix /uninstall

In that case, we will try to diagnose your problems here in your original topic.

Why not just use Firefox on the host OS? You're just killing performance running it through a virtual machine. I have no recommendations for IE8...it just plain sucks. Bottom line. The only option I see is to use a different browser (Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari...all good browsers).
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 07:02 AM

Go to IE-tools-internet options-advanced- and click reset. Restart IE and go to tools- interent options-programs- manage add-ons. enable only the add-ons related to the things you use everyday like you AV program,reader, flash, ect.
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