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Internet Explorer 8 is too slow

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by SayWhat, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. SayWhat

    SayWhat Flightless Bird

    Windows XP pro sp 3
    Ram memory 1gb

    I decided to download Internet Explorer 8 since there will be an end to
    Internet Explorer 6. I liked Internet Explorer 6 because it was fast.
    This is the way I downloaded Internet Explorer 8
    Internet Explorer 8 download:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...FamilyID=341c2ad5-8c3d-4347-8c03-08cdecd8852b

    The download went very well and all the updates have been completed.
    My question is, "Why is Internet Explorer 8 so much slower than 6"? I can
    almost go get a cup of coffee in the time it takes to open.

    I do not know whether it is 32bit or 64bit. How do I know this, or where
    can
    I see this? If it is 64bit, how do I change it to 32bit, since I am sure I
    do not
    need the 64bit?

    Has others had problems with very slow open on Internet Explorer 8?

    Thank you...
     
  2. Jeff Strickland

    Jeff Strickland Flightless Bird

    "SayWhat" <SayWhat@telsomeone.net> wrote in message
    news:%23RUfeZ$uKHA.3408@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > Windows XP pro sp 3
    > Ram memory 1gb
    >
    > I decided to download Internet Explorer 8 since there will be an end to
    > Internet Explorer 6. I liked Internet Explorer 6 because it was fast.
    > This is the way I downloaded Internet Explorer 8
    > Internet Explorer 8 download:
    > http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...FamilyID=341c2ad5-8c3d-4347-8c03-08cdecd8852b
    >
    > The download went very well and all the updates have been completed.
    > My question is, "Why is Internet Explorer 8 so much slower than 6"? I can
    > almost go get a cup of coffee in the time it takes to open.
    >
    > I do not know whether it is 32bit or 64bit. How do I know this, or where
    > can
    > I see this? If it is 64bit, how do I change it to 32bit, since I am sure
    > I do not
    > need the 64bit?
    >
    > Has others had problems with very slow open on Internet Explorer 8?
    >
    > Thank you...
    >


    You must have 64-bit XP to have 64-bit IE. If you had 64-bit XP, you
    wouldn't be asking how to tell. You also wouldn't have only 1G of RAM
    because the whole point of 64-bit is to access more than 4G of RAM, which is
    the limit of 32-bit systems.

    I run XP Pro, SP3 and IE8, and I have 4G of RAM, and my pages load damn near
    instantly. I built a machine a few weeks ago with 2G of RAM, and it works
    way better than it did with 512M. If your machine will support 4G, get it.
     
  3. SayWhat

    SayWhat Flightless Bird

    Glad to hear you are able to get yours to work so fast.

    However the question was how do I know or where can I go to find out
    whether mine is 32 bit or whether it is 64 bit?

    But why is my Internet Explorer 8 opening sssooo slow? When Internet
    Explorer 6 was so fast?
    It would be nice to have the ability (bucks) to upgrade to 4g ram.

    "Jeff Strickland" <crwlrjeff@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:hmpjdt$3ai$1@news.eternal-september.org...

    "SayWhat" <SayWhat@telsomeone.net> wrote in message
    news:%23RUfeZ$uKHA.3408@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > Windows XP pro sp 3
    > Ram memory 1gb
    >
    > I decided to download Internet Explorer 8 since there will be an end to
    > Internet Explorer 6. I liked Internet Explorer 6 because it was fast.
    > This is the way I downloaded Internet Explorer 8
    > Internet Explorer 8 download:
    > http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...FamilyID=341c2ad5-8c3d-4347-8c03-08cdecd8852b
    >
    > The download went very well and all the updates have been completed.
    > My question is, "Why is Internet Explorer 8 so much slower than 6"? I can
    > almost go get a cup of coffee in the time it takes to open.
    >
    > I do not know whether it is 32bit or 64bit. How do I know this, or where
    > can
    > I see this? If it is 64bit, how do I change it to 32bit, since I am sure
    > I do not
    > need the 64bit?
    >
    > Has others had problems with very slow open on Internet Explorer 8?
    >
    > Thank you...
    >


    You must have 64-bit XP to have 64-bit IE. If you had 64-bit XP, you
    wouldn't be asking how to tell. You also wouldn't have only 1G of RAM
    because the whole point of 64-bit is to access more than 4G of RAM, which is
    the limit of 32-bit systems.

    I run XP Pro, SP3 and IE8, and I have 4G of RAM, and my pages load damn near
    instantly. I built a machine a few weeks ago with 2G of RAM, and it works
    way better than it did with 512M. If your machine will support 4G, get it.
     
  4. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    SayWhat wrote:

    > However the question was how do I know or where can I go to find out
    > whether mine is 32 bit or whether it is 64 bit?
    >
    > But why is my Internet Explorer 8 opening sssooo slow? When Internet
    > Explorer 6 was so fast?


    Did you uninstall ALL add-ons to IE6 before moving to IE8? Or did you leave
    them all installed and enabled which means you probably have incompatible
    add-ons to IE8?

    The best migration that I've found is to get rid of all IE add-ons before
    moving onto the next version and then check which ones list compatibility
    with the new version of IE before installing their latest version.

    Have you tested IE8's load time when you load it in its no add-ons mode?

    What security software (anti-virus, anti-malware, HIPS, 3rd party fireall,
    anti-spam, pro-privacy, etc) have you installed on your host that might
    include web traffic interrogation? All security software incurs an impact
    on system or application responsiveness. If, for example, you install a
    security product that interrogates your web traffic for malicious sites,
    malware, inspects file downloads, etc. then it could impact how fast that
    traffic gets through their interrogation and finally to the web browser
    before it can get rendered.
     
  5. Jeff Strickland

    Jeff Strickland Flightless Bird

    "SayWhat" <SayWhat@telsomeone.net> wrote in message
    news:%236dAm0$uKHA.2436@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Glad to hear you are able to get yours to work so fast.
    >
    > However the question was how do I know or where can I go to find out
    > whether mine is 32 bit or whether it is 64 bit?
    >
    > But why is my Internet Explorer 8 opening sssooo slow? When Internet
    > Explorer 6 was so fast?
    > It would be nice to have the ability (bucks) to upgrade to 4g ram.
    >




    My system takes 4G, max, and the cost was $50, with a $25 rebate, making the
    final cost $25.

    You can check Help>About to see if your IE is running in 32- or 64-bit mode.
    Since you had IE6 before, you probably don't have a 64-bit system. But
    Help>About will clear this up.





    > "Jeff Strickland" <crwlrjeff@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:hmpjdt$3ai$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >
    > "SayWhat" <SayWhat@telsomeone.net> wrote in message
    > news:%23RUfeZ$uKHA.3408@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> Windows XP pro sp 3
    >> Ram memory 1gb
    >>
    >> I decided to download Internet Explorer 8 since there will be an end to
    >> Internet Explorer 6. I liked Internet Explorer 6 because it was fast.
    >> This is the way I downloaded Internet Explorer 8
    >> Internet Explorer 8 download:
    >> http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...FamilyID=341c2ad5-8c3d-4347-8c03-08cdecd8852b
    >>
    >> The download went very well and all the updates have been completed.
    >> My question is, "Why is Internet Explorer 8 so much slower than 6"? I
    >> can
    >> almost go get a cup of coffee in the time it takes to open.
    >>
    >> I do not know whether it is 32bit or 64bit. How do I know this, or where
    >> can
    >> I see this? If it is 64bit, how do I change it to 32bit, since I am sure
    >> I do not
    >> need the 64bit?
    >>
    >> Has others had problems with very slow open on Internet Explorer 8?
    >>
    >> Thank you...
    >>

    >
    > You must have 64-bit XP to have 64-bit IE. If you had 64-bit XP, you
    > wouldn't be asking how to tell. You also wouldn't have only 1G of RAM
    > because the whole point of 64-bit is to access more than 4G of RAM, which
    > is
    > the limit of 32-bit systems.
    >
    > I run XP Pro, SP3 and IE8, and I have 4G of RAM, and my pages load damn
    > near
    > instantly. I built a machine a few weeks ago with 2G of RAM, and it works
    > way better than it did with 512M. If your machine will support 4G, get it.
    >
     
  6. SayWhat

    SayWhat Flightless Bird

    Avast anti virus
    Zone Alarm free Firewall
    ThreatFire
    Scotty on patrol
    Magic Jack Telephone

    Since I downloaded Internet Explorer 8 as per:
    Internet Explorer 8 download:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...FamilyID=341c2ad5-8c3d-4347-8c03-08cdecd8852b

    And did not download it by use of Microsoft updates. This should have taken
    care of any needed or un needed security updates and what ever else was
    needed
    to complete the download. (I thought)

    "VanguardLH" <V@nguard.LH> wrote in message
    news:hmpl61$8h1$1@news.albasani.net...
    SayWhat wrote:

    > However the question was how do I know or where can I go to find out
    > whether mine is 32 bit or whether it is 64 bit?
    >
    > But why is my Internet Explorer 8 opening sssooo slow? When Internet
    > Explorer 6 was so fast?


    Did you uninstall ALL add-ons to IE6 before moving to IE8? Or did you leave
    them all installed and enabled which means you probably have incompatible
    add-ons to IE8?

    The best migration that I've found is to get rid of all IE add-ons before
    moving onto the next version and then check which ones list compatibility
    with the new version of IE before installing their latest version.

    Have you tested IE8's load time when you load it in its no add-ons mode?

    What security software (anti-virus, anti-malware, HIPS, 3rd party fireall,
    anti-spam, pro-privacy, etc) have you installed on your host that might
    include web traffic interrogation? All security software incurs an impact
    on system or application responsiveness. If, for example, you install a
    security product that interrogates your web traffic for malicious sites,
    malware, inspects file downloads, etc. then it could impact how fast that
    traffic gets through their interrogation and finally to the web browser
    before it can get rendered.
     
  7. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    SayWhat wrote:

    > Avast anti virus


    Did you test with its Web Shield disabled? Did you try with it enabled but
    its Intelligent Streaming mode disabled?

    > Zone Alarm free Firewall

    It's okay but personally I find Online Armor more competent. PC Tools
    (maker of Threatfire) has gotten high marks to rank it competitive with
    Online Armor and Comodo's firewall; however, I like more control and PC
    Tool's firewall was lacking in that regard.

    > ThreatFire


    Don't use with any HIPS-enabled firewall or security product. It overlaps
    in its system hooks with other security products. The result is that you
    may incur problems with network connections or applications that used to
    work, even if excluded in Threatfire, will no longer function. In 4 trials
    across different versions on 4 hosts, I've run across a problem (different
    in each trial) with Threatfire. I won't get into the details but the
    solution to making the web browser and other Internet-facing application to
    resume working is to uninstall Threatfire. I keep re-trialing Threatfire
    because I like its concept but it always causes problems.

    > Scotty on patrol


    Would this be correctly called WinPatrol? It's okay. The free version has
    a minimum delay of 1 minute before it can detect changes. Like Microsoft's
    offerings, this polling is too late and why they cannot report what process
    was making the change. Rather than pend the change and alert the user, they
    poll at intervals for the changes and tell you late what has changed but the
    process is obviously long gone that made the change. Still, it has value
    for watching startup changes, web browser add-ons, etc.

    > Magic Jack Telephone


    Not a security product. Just an Internet-facing application that provides
    VOIP (Voice Over IP) telephony functions.

    Did you ever disable all shields in Avast, suspend Threatfire (or uninstall
    it), and disable the 3rd party firewall to retest IE8 -- and, as suggested
    before, run in its no add-ons mode to check for tab switch responsiveness?
    WinPatrol won't be a factor since the free version merely polls some (not
    all) critical areas for changes.
     
  8. SayWhat

    SayWhat Flightless Bird

    I shut off the Threatfire and opened Internet Explorer 8.
    It actually opened in 4 seconds less time than with Threatfire turned on.

    I shut off Zone Alarm and opened Internet Explorer 8
    Same thing it opened in 4 seconds less time than with Zone Alarm turned on.

    I did not try it with Avast turned off. Thinking that I needed Avast
    running.

    So perhaps I will accept the fact that Internet Explorer 8 is a hog and does
    not start up as fast as Internet Explorer 6 did.

    thanks for the ideas...
    "Jeff Strickland" <crwlrjeff@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:hmpm04$b86$1@news.eternal-september.org...

    "SayWhat" <SayWhat@telsomeone.net> wrote in message
    news:%236dAm0$uKHA.2436@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Glad to hear you are able to get yours to work so fast.
    >
    > However the question was how do I know or where can I go to find out
    > whether mine is 32 bit or whether it is 64 bit?
    >
    > But why is my Internet Explorer 8 opening sssooo slow? When Internet
    > Explorer 6 was so fast?
    > It would be nice to have the ability (bucks) to upgrade to 4g ram.
    >




    My system takes 4G, max, and the cost was $50, with a $25 rebate, making the
    final cost $25.

    You can check Help>About to see if your IE is running in 32- or 64-bit mode.
    Since you had IE6 before, you probably don't have a 64-bit system. But
    Help>About will clear this up.





    > "Jeff Strickland" <crwlrjeff@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:hmpjdt$3ai$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >
    > "SayWhat" <SayWhat@telsomeone.net> wrote in message
    > news:%23RUfeZ$uKHA.3408@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> Windows XP pro sp 3
    >> Ram memory 1gb
    >>
    >> I decided to download Internet Explorer 8 since there will be an end to
    >> Internet Explorer 6. I liked Internet Explorer 6 because it was fast.
    >> This is the way I downloaded Internet Explorer 8
    >> Internet Explorer 8 download:
    >> http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...FamilyID=341c2ad5-8c3d-4347-8c03-08cdecd8852b
    >>
    >> The download went very well and all the updates have been completed.
    >> My question is, "Why is Internet Explorer 8 so much slower than 6"? I
    >> can
    >> almost go get a cup of coffee in the time it takes to open.
    >>
    >> I do not know whether it is 32bit or 64bit. How do I know this, or where
    >> can
    >> I see this? If it is 64bit, how do I change it to 32bit, since I am sure
    >> I do not
    >> need the 64bit?
    >>
    >> Has others had problems with very slow open on Internet Explorer 8?
    >>
    >> Thank you...
    >>

    >
    > You must have 64-bit XP to have 64-bit IE. If you had 64-bit XP, you
    > wouldn't be asking how to tell. You also wouldn't have only 1G of RAM
    > because the whole point of 64-bit is to access more than 4G of RAM, which
    > is
    > the limit of 32-bit systems.
    >
    > I run XP Pro, SP3 and IE8, and I have 4G of RAM, and my pages load damn
    > near
    > instantly. I built a machine a few weeks ago with 2G of RAM, and it works
    > way better than it did with 512M. If your machine will support 4G, get it.
    >
     
  9. Louis Rost

    Louis Rost Flightless Bird

    I installed IE8 a few months ago. When first installed, it opened
    very slowly. The problem was I had SpyBot immunization turned on.
    After turning off immunization, it opened fast.

    Lou

    On Sat, 6 Mar 2010 12:02:21 -0700, "SayWhat" <SayWhat@telsomeone.net>
    wrote:

    >I shut off the Threatfire and opened Internet Explorer 8.
    >It actually opened in 4 seconds less time than with Threatfire turned on.
    >
    >I shut off Zone Alarm and opened Internet Explorer 8
    >Same thing it opened in 4 seconds less time than with Zone Alarm turned on.
    >
    >I did not try it with Avast turned off. Thinking that I needed Avast
    >running.
    >
    >So perhaps I will accept the fact that Internet Explorer 8 is a hog and does
    >not start up as fast as Internet Explorer 6 did.
    >
    >thanks for the ideas...
    >"Jeff Strickland" <crwlrjeff@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >news:hmpm04$b86$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >
    >"SayWhat" <SayWhat@telsomeone.net> wrote in message
    >news:%236dAm0$uKHA.2436@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> Glad to hear you are able to get yours to work so fast.
    >>
    >> However the question was how do I know or where can I go to find out
    >> whether mine is 32 bit or whether it is 64 bit?
    >>
    >> But why is my Internet Explorer 8 opening sssooo slow? When Internet
    >> Explorer 6 was so fast?
    >> It would be nice to have the ability (bucks) to upgrade to 4g ram.
    >>

    >
    >
    >
    >My system takes 4G, max, and the cost was $50, with a $25 rebate, making the
    >final cost $25.
    >
    >You can check Help>About to see if your IE is running in 32- or 64-bit mode.
    >Since you had IE6 before, you probably don't have a 64-bit system. But
    >Help>About will clear this up.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >> "Jeff Strickland" <crwlrjeff@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >> news:hmpjdt$3ai$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>
    >> "SayWhat" <SayWhat@telsomeone.net> wrote in message
    >> news:%23RUfeZ$uKHA.3408@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>> Windows XP pro sp 3
    >>> Ram memory 1gb
    >>>
    >>> I decided to download Internet Explorer 8 since there will be an end to
    >>> Internet Explorer 6. I liked Internet Explorer 6 because it was fast.
    >>> This is the way I downloaded Internet Explorer 8
    >>> Internet Explorer 8 download:
    >>> http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...FamilyID=341c2ad5-8c3d-4347-8c03-08cdecd8852b
    >>>
    >>> The download went very well and all the updates have been completed.
    >>> My question is, "Why is Internet Explorer 8 so much slower than 6"? I
    >>> can
    >>> almost go get a cup of coffee in the time it takes to open.
    >>>
    >>> I do not know whether it is 32bit or 64bit. How do I know this, or where
    >>> can
    >>> I see this? If it is 64bit, how do I change it to 32bit, since I am sure
    >>> I do not
    >>> need the 64bit?
    >>>
    >>> Has others had problems with very slow open on Internet Explorer 8?
    >>>
    >>> Thank you...
    >>>

    >>
    >> You must have 64-bit XP to have 64-bit IE. If you had 64-bit XP, you
    >> wouldn't be asking how to tell. You also wouldn't have only 1G of RAM
    >> because the whole point of 64-bit is to access more than 4G of RAM, which
    >> is
    >> the limit of 32-bit systems.
    >>
    >> I run XP Pro, SP3 and IE8, and I have 4G of RAM, and my pages load damn
    >> near
    >> instantly. I built a machine a few weeks ago with 2G of RAM, and it works
    >> way better than it did with 512M. If your machine will support 4G, get it.
    >>
     
  10. Jeff Strickland

    Jeff Strickland Flightless Bird

    "SayWhat" <SayWhat@telsomeone.net> wrote in message
    news:eryGS%23VvKHA.796@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >I shut off the Threatfire and opened Internet Explorer 8.
    > It actually opened in 4 seconds less time than with Threatfire turned on.
    >
    > I shut off Zone Alarm and opened Internet Explorer 8
    > Same thing it opened in 4 seconds less time than with Zone Alarm turned
    > on.
    >
    > I did not try it with Avast turned off. Thinking that I needed Avast
    > running.
    >
    > So perhaps I will accept the fact that Internet Explorer 8 is a hog and
    > does
    > not start up as fast as Internet Explorer 6 did.
    >


    Why not turn off Avast for a few minutes to see if IE opens faster? You
    aren't going to catch a virus from your Home Page, unless (maybe) your home
    page is a porn site, which I doubt.

    I open IE 8 (under XP Pro, SP3) to three different home pages (one in each
    of three different tabs), and I get IE to come up in a couple of seconds. My
    wife has Vista and IE8, but her system only has 2G or RAM, and her IE opens
    slower than mine.

    I don't recall what your OS is, but pack the RAM to as high as your system
    will allow, and everything will work better.





    > thanks for the ideas...
    > "Jeff Strickland" <crwlrjeff@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:hmpm04$b86$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >
    > "SayWhat" <SayWhat@telsomeone.net> wrote in message
    > news:%236dAm0$uKHA.2436@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> Glad to hear you are able to get yours to work so fast.
    >>
    >> However the question was how do I know or where can I go to find out
    >> whether mine is 32 bit or whether it is 64 bit?
    >>
    >> But why is my Internet Explorer 8 opening sssooo slow? When Internet
    >> Explorer 6 was so fast?
    >> It would be nice to have the ability (bucks) to upgrade to 4g ram.
    >>

    >
    >
    >
    > My system takes 4G, max, and the cost was $50, with a $25 rebate, making
    > the
    > final cost $25.
    >
    > You can check Help>About to see if your IE is running in 32- or 64-bit
    > mode.
    > Since you had IE6 before, you probably don't have a 64-bit system. But
    > Help>About will clear this up.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >> "Jeff Strickland" <crwlrjeff@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >> news:hmpjdt$3ai$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>
    >> "SayWhat" <SayWhat@telsomeone.net> wrote in message
    >> news:%23RUfeZ$uKHA.3408@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>> Windows XP pro sp 3
    >>> Ram memory 1gb
    >>>
    >>> I decided to download Internet Explorer 8 since there will be an end to
    >>> Internet Explorer 6. I liked Internet Explorer 6 because it was fast.
    >>> This is the way I downloaded Internet Explorer 8
    >>> Internet Explorer 8 download:
    >>> http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...FamilyID=341c2ad5-8c3d-4347-8c03-08cdecd8852b
    >>>
    >>> The download went very well and all the updates have been completed.
    >>> My question is, "Why is Internet Explorer 8 so much slower than 6"? I
    >>> can
    >>> almost go get a cup of coffee in the time it takes to open.
    >>>
    >>> I do not know whether it is 32bit or 64bit. How do I know this, or
    >>> where can
    >>> I see this? If it is 64bit, how do I change it to 32bit, since I am
    >>> sure I do not
    >>> need the 64bit?
    >>>
    >>> Has others had problems with very slow open on Internet Explorer 8?
    >>>
    >>> Thank you...
    >>>

    >>
    >> You must have 64-bit XP to have 64-bit IE. If you had 64-bit XP, you
    >> wouldn't be asking how to tell. You also wouldn't have only 1G of RAM
    >> because the whole point of 64-bit is to access more than 4G of RAM, which
    >> is
    >> the limit of 32-bit systems.
    >>
    >> I run XP Pro, SP3 and IE8, and I have 4G of RAM, and my pages load damn
    >> near
    >> instantly. I built a machine a few weeks ago with 2G of RAM, and it works
    >> way better than it did with 512M. If your machine will support 4G, get
    >> it.
    >>

    >
     
  11. Jeff Strickland

    Jeff Strickland Flightless Bird

    "Jeff Strickland" <crwlrjeff@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:hmu9q0$pf4$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >
    > "SayWhat" <SayWhat@telsomeone.net> wrote in message
    > news:eryGS%23VvKHA.796@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>I shut off the Threatfire and opened Internet Explorer 8.
    >> It actually opened in 4 seconds less time than with Threatfire turned on.
    >>
    >> I shut off Zone Alarm and opened Internet Explorer 8
    >> Same thing it opened in 4 seconds less time than with Zone Alarm turned
    >> on.
    >>
    >> I did not try it with Avast turned off. Thinking that I needed Avast
    >> running.
    >>
    >> So perhaps I will accept the fact that Internet Explorer 8 is a hog and
    >> does
    >> not start up as fast as Internet Explorer 6 did.
    >>

    >
    > Why not turn off Avast for a few minutes to see if IE opens faster? You
    > aren't going to catch a virus from your Home Page, unless (maybe) your
    > home page is a porn site, which I doubt.
    >
    > I open IE 8 (under XP Pro, SP3) to three different home pages (one in each
    > of three different tabs), and I get IE to come up in a couple of seconds.
    > My wife has Vista and IE8, but her system only has 2G or RAM, and her IE
    > opens slower than mine.
    >
    > I don't recall what your OS is, but pack the RAM to as high as your system
    > will allow, and everything will work better.
    >
    >
    >



    I just pulled out my stopwatch and timed the opening or IE 8 running under
    XP Pro, SP3, 4G RAM -- with Outlook Express and iTunes already running --
    and my Internet Security Suite running, and IE came up with with three tabs,
    each to a different Homepage, in about 3 seconds -- just on the light side
    of 3 seconds.

    I don't run Avast, but I do have an ISS that should cause some level of
    overhead.
     
  12. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    If the most recent Cumulative Update for IE (e.g., KB978207) had been
    installed, you wouldn't have had to do that.
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002


    Louis Rost wrote:
    > I installed IE8 a few months ago. When first installed, it opened
    > very slowly. The problem was I had SpyBot immunization turned on.
    > After turning off immunization, it opened fast.
    >
    > Lou
    >
    > On Sat, 6 Mar 2010 12:02:21 -0700, "SayWhat" <SayWhat@telsomeone.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> I shut off the Threatfire and opened Internet Explorer 8.
    >> It actually opened in 4 seconds less time than with Threatfire turned on.
    >>
    >> I shut off Zone Alarm and opened Internet Explorer 8
    >> Same thing it opened in 4 seconds less time than with Zone Alarm turned
    >> on.
    >>
    >> I did not try it with Avast turned off. Thinking that I needed Avast
    >> running.
    >>
    >> So perhaps I will accept the fact that Internet Explorer 8 is a hog and
    >> does not start up as fast as Internet Explorer 6 did.
    >>
    >> thanks for the ideas...
    >> "Jeff Strickland" <crwlrjeff@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >> news:hmpm04$b86$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>
    >> "SayWhat" <SayWhat@telsomeone.net> wrote in message
    >> news:%236dAm0$uKHA.2436@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> Glad to hear you are able to get yours to work so fast.
    >>>
    >>> However the question was how do I know or where can I go to find out
    >>> whether mine is 32 bit or whether it is 64 bit?
    >>>
    >>> But why is my Internet Explorer 8 opening sssooo slow? When Internet
    >>> Explorer 6 was so fast?
    >>> It would be nice to have the ability (bucks) to upgrade to 4g ram.
    >>>

    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> My system takes 4G, max, and the cost was $50, with a $25 rebate, making
    >> the final cost $25.
    >>
    >> You can check Help>About to see if your IE is running in 32- or 64-bit
    >> mode. Since you had IE6 before, you probably don't have a 64-bit system.
    >> But Help>About will clear this up.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>> "Jeff Strickland" <crwlrjeff@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:hmpjdt$3ai$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>>
    >>> "SayWhat" <SayWhat@telsomeone.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:%23RUfeZ$uKHA.3408@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>>> Windows XP pro sp 3
    >>>> Ram memory 1gb
    >>>>
    >>>> I decided to download Internet Explorer 8 since there will be an end to
    >>>> Internet Explorer 6. I liked Internet Explorer 6 because it was fast.
    >>>> This is the way I downloaded Internet Explorer 8
    >>>> Internet Explorer 8 download:
    >>>> http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...FamilyID=341c2ad5-8c3d-4347-8c03-08cdecd8852b
    >>>>
    >>>> The download went very well and all the updates have been completed.
    >>>> My question is, "Why is Internet Explorer 8 so much slower than 6"? I
    >>>> can
    >>>> almost go get a cup of coffee in the time it takes to open.
    >>>>
    >>>> I do not know whether it is 32bit or 64bit. How do I know this, or
    >>>> where
    >>>> can
    >>>> I see this? If it is 64bit, how do I change it to 32bit, since I am
    >>>> sure
    >>>> I do not
    >>>> need the 64bit?
    >>>>
    >>>> Has others had problems with very slow open on Internet Explorer 8?
    >>>>
    >>>> Thank you...
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>> You must have 64-bit XP to have 64-bit IE. If you had 64-bit XP, you
    >>> wouldn't be asking how to tell. You also wouldn't have only 1G of RAM
    >>> because the whole point of 64-bit is to access more than 4G of RAM,
    >>> which
    >>> is
    >>> the limit of 32-bit systems.
    >>>
    >>> I run XP Pro, SP3 and IE8, and I have 4G of RAM, and my pages load damn
    >>> near
    >>> instantly. I built a machine a few weeks ago with 2G of RAM, and it
    >>> works
    >>> way better than it did with 512M. If your machine will support 4G, get
    >>> it.
     
  13. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    SayWhat wrote:

    > I shut off the Threatfire and opened Internet Explorer 8.
    > It actually opened in 4 seconds less time than with Threatfire turned on.
    >
    > I shut off Zone Alarm and opened Internet Explorer 8
    > Same thing it opened in 4 seconds less time than with Zone Alarm turned on.
    >
    > I did not try it with Avast turned off. Thinking that I needed Avast
    > running.
    >
    > So perhaps I will accept the fact that Internet Explorer 8 is a hog and does
    > not start up as fast as Internet Explorer 6 did.


    Perhaps another conclusion would be that Threatfire impacts too much of a
    performance loss and so does ZoneAlarm, or they clash with each other, with
    Avast, or some other software you leave running in the backgroud.

    Twice before (and this makes three) you have been recommended to load IE8 in
    its no add-ons mode to check if an add-on is the culprit. Because you have
    refused to do so, it's starting to look like you do know that an add-on
    causes the problem but you are unwilling to do without it.

    Another test would be to set the home page to "about:blank" to make sure it
    isn't a problem in loading the content from that web site.
     
  14. SayWhat

    SayWhat Flightless Bird

    Please excuse me as I am not sure what you mean by this:
    "Twice before (and this makes three) you have been recommended to load IE8
    in
    its no add-ons mode to check if an add-on is the culprit. Because you have
    refused to do so, it's starting to look like you do know that an add-on
    causes the problem but you are unwilling to do without it."

    I have no idea what you are meaning about an add-on. I only downloaded
    Internet Explorer 8. If
    there were other things added on I am not aware of it, nor do I know where
    to look for them.

    "VanguardLH" <V@nguard.LH> wrote in message
    news:hmvg8d$ca$1@news.albasani.net...
    SayWhat wrote:

    > I shut off the Threatfire and opened Internet Explorer 8.
    > It actually opened in 4 seconds less time than with Threatfire turned on.
    >
    > I shut off Zone Alarm and opened Internet Explorer 8
    > Same thing it opened in 4 seconds less time than with Zone Alarm turned
    > on.
    >
    > I did not try it with Avast turned off. Thinking that I needed Avast
    > running.
    >
    > So perhaps I will accept the fact that Internet Explorer 8 is a hog and
    > does
    > not start up as fast as Internet Explorer 6 did.


    Perhaps another conclusion would be that Threatfire impacts too much of a
    performance loss and so does ZoneAlarm, or they clash with each other, with
    Avast, or some other software you leave running in the backgroud.

    Twice before (and this makes three) you have been recommended to load IE8 in
    its no add-ons mode to check if an add-on is the culprit. Because you have
    refused to do so, it's starting to look like you do know that an add-on
    causes the problem but you are unwilling to do without it.

    Another test would be to set the home page to "about:blank" to make sure it
    isn't a problem in loading the content from that web site.
     
  15. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    SayWhat wrote:

    > Please excuse me as I am not sure what you mean by this: "Twice before
    > (and this makes three) you have been recommended to load IE8 in its no
    > add-ons mode to check if an add-on is the culprit. Because you have
    > refused to do so, it's starting to look like you do know that an add-on
    > causes the problem but you are unwilling to do without it."


    My 1st reply:
    "Have you tested IE8's load time when you load it in its no add-ons mode?"

    My 2nd reply:
    "... run in its no add-ons mode ..."

    > I have no idea what you are meaning about an add-on. I only downloaded
    > Internet Explorer 8. If there were other things added on I am not aware
    > of it, nor do I know where to look for them.


    In IE8, hit the F1 key. In help, search for "no add-ons". One of the
    articles will tell you how to run IE8 in no add-ons mode.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=+"internet+explorer"++"no+add-ons+mode"
    Plenty articles telling you how to run IE8 in no add-ons mode.

    If you have a desktop icon for IE8 (that is a namespace icon rather than a
    shortcut shown with an arrow overly icon), right-click on it and select
    "Start without Add-Ons".

    At a command line, run:
    "C:/Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -extoff

    If you had add-ons installed for whatever was the prior version of Internet
    Explorer that was on your host (IE6 or IE7), they do not get uninstalled
    when you upgrade to the next version of IE (v8). That means you drag along
    the same add-ons you had before, and some may no longer be compatible with
    IE8. That is why I always suggest to uninstall all add-ons before moving to
    the next version of IE, and then re-install just the add-ons that you need
    or are requested to install by a site (after checking if they are compatible
    with the new version of IE). When dragging along a pile of garbage, don't
    expect it to be the same useful pile of garbage after the move. Tis the
    same reason that I recommend a *fresh* install of an OS rather than trying
    to drag along stuff that can pollute it from an old install of the OS.

    To see what add-ons you have installed, go to:

    Internet Options -> Programs -> Manage Add-ons
    Select "Toolbars and Extensions" (aka Add-Ons)
    In the "Show" listbox, select "All add-ons".
    Now you'll see what add-ons have been installed.

    Before wasting time noting what all add-ons have been installed, just run
    IE8 in its no add-ons mode to see if the lag in responsiveness goes away.
     

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