Microsoft – Internet Explorer – “Repair”

Microsoft – Internet Explorer – “Repair”

In the last few months, I have found Google Chrome provide a more seamless experience per Web Browsing. I tend to open and leave a lot of  Windows and “TABS” open and the Chrome tool appears to “least” penalize my “scattered” thinking.

Having said that, for Intranet \ “Corporate” browsing, Internet\IE remains very important.

And, so here we go.  What do you do if IE is a bit “out of sorts”

1] Try to Browse with “All AddOns Disabled”

  • Start IE by clicking on “All Programs” \ “Accessories” \ “System Tools” \ Internet Explorer (No Add-ons)
  • Once IE launches with no “Add-Ons”, try using IE and see if the experience is appreciably better
  • If better, then progressively disable each add-on and see if can isolate the problem. More on how to do this in a bit.

2] Try “Fixing” IE by using the Microsoft Fix IT tool \ IE Add On Tool

3] Disable Specific Add-Ons

The Microsoft Fix IT Tool \ IE Add ON Tool disables all Add-Ons.  To some, that might be a bit of a heavy hand.

And, as such, there are people who might want to specifically disable some add-ons. Follow the steps below to do so:

  • Launch Control Panel
  • Depending on the mode:
  1. Access “Network and Internet” and “Internet Options”
  2. Access “Internet Options”
  3. The “Internet Properties” window appears
  4. Click on the “Manage Add-Ons” button

  1. All the “Add Ons” are displayed
  2. One might find it beneficial to
  3. Filter the list by selecting “Downloaded Controls” from the “Show” drop-down
  4. Review the list based on Publisher by clicking on the “Publisher” column in the title bar.  Doing so will probably allow one to concentrate on those items not published by Microsoft (MS)
  5. Once one sees an Add-On that one is not so sure of, right-click on it and select the “Disable” option from the drop-down menu

4] Try resetting IE

This step returns IE to its “clean” state just post installation; while preserving a bit of
customization (favorites)

  • Access Windows “Control Panel”
  • If “Control Panel” is in “Classic” mode, click on “Internet Options”

  • If “Control Panel” is in “default” mode click on

“Network and Internet” and then select “Internet Options”

  • The “Internet Options” window appears
  • The first Tab displayed is the “General” Tab.  Navigate to the “Advance” Tab
  • In the “Advance” Tab, click on the “Reset” button
  • In the “Reset Internet Explorer Settings” window, click on the “Reset” button

5] Try the “Microsoft Safety Scanner”

6) Re-install IE

  • Depending on which version of IE you are running
  • Once you know:

If  version 7, try
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=2

If version 8, try
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/downloads/ie-8

If version 9, try
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/downloads/ie-9/worldwide-languages

  • Download IE
  • Launch the downloaded App

7) Active-X Filtering

If using IE 9, or above try “Active X” Filtering.  A good-write up on this feature is available via “Active X Filtering for Consumers” — http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2011/02/28/activex-filtering-for-consumers.aspx

 

References:

1] Tips for Solving Problems when Internet Explorer crashes or stops working
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/tips-for-solving-problems-with-internet-explorer

2] Reset Internet Explorer
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Reset-Internet-Explorer-8-settings

3] Active X Filtering for Consumers
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2011/02/28/activex-filtering-for-consumers.aspx

4] Browsing without plugins
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2011/08.aspx

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