Internet explorer (IE) is one of the most popular browser on the internet.One of the reasons why users switch to other browsers is because IE tends to slow down after sometime. This can be attributed to a lot of factors such as presence of lot temporary internet files which is reducing the performance, unwanted cookies, corrupted Internet explorer files due to malware attack and changed default settings by softwares and add-ons.
IE optimization fixes most of these issues. The logic behind doing IE optimization is to remove temporary files, cookies and reset internet explorer to optimum settings for better performance. Call any technical support guy for internet explorer issues, he will start the troubleshooting with the steps mentioned below. The steps mentioned below are applicable for IE versions IE 7, IE8 and IE 9. This can also be done on IE 6 with small change in settings.
Internet Explorer Optimization Step by Step Process
1) Close all the open Internet explorer windows. Open internet options by clicking on Run –> inetcpl.cpl
2) Open internet options window
3) Click on Delete under Browsing history
Explanation for what data is going to be deleted is explained inside.I would suggest to check all the boxes.Beware, don’t check the Passwords option in case if you saved passwords in IE and now you don’t remember it anymore. Press delete key after selecting the options.
4) Click on security tab on the top
Click on the option “Reset all zones to default level”. If it is greyed out and you are not able to click on it, then it is already selected.
5) Click on Privacy tab
Click on default level.
6) Click on Content tab
Click on “Clear SSL state”.Click Ok on the message that says “SSL cache cleared successfully. This will fix issues related to problems with logging into secure websites such as your email and banking websites.
7) Click on Connection tab and then click on LAN settings which will open the below mentioned window
In most computers, “Automatically detect settings” is checked. You may keep it the same if it is already checked.However, there is one scenario where I would suggest to uncheck it. When you open IE for the first time, it takes a long time to upload the first page. The remaining pages loads normally.Unchecking this option should fix it.
If checked, then uncheck “Use automatic configuration script” and “Proxy server”.If these 2 options are checked without your knowledge, it might be as a result of some malware attack on your computer. Browser hijacking on internet explorer is mainly attributed to the entries in this location.
“Use automatic configuration script” and “Proxy server” might be checked in some genuine cases. If you are using dial up connection,some ISP’s provide a software which boasts about speeding up your internet connection.These softwares are know to use some scripts which can be seen in this location. Proxy server is also used when you are trying to access a secured or dedicated websites. For instance, one of my client that I worked with recently had some ipaddress written under proxy server.When I asked him if he knows what that entry is, he said that it was for logging into some military site. I left it checked.
8 ) Click on Programs –> Manage add-ons
Add-ons give additional functionality to your web browser for better browsing experience. At the same time, it can also destroy the browser or slow down the browser performance. Go through the list of add-ons used by the browser. You can check if the add-on is a good one, by checking the publisher name.If you find a suspicious looking add-on, select it and click on the disable option below it. Add-on related to toolbars are know to slow down the performance of IE. Remove it if you dont use it.
9) Click on Advanced tab
Using IE for a long period might create some changes in the setting here. It is difficult to remember which options needs to be checked and unchecked. Select “Restore advanced settings” to take all the settings to default.
Finally click on OK and then start using IE.
If none of these methods are working, note the “Reset” button under Advanced tab in “Reset Internet explorer settings”. This will set your Internet explorer to the factory settings which will fix most of the complicated issues. Try this as a last step as it will reset all the IE settings.
If you still find issues with IE, Read this article on How to fix corrupted Internet explorer files.