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How to do a complete Internet explorer optimization?

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Internet Explorer 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 fix 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 7 to 11. This can also be done on IE 6 with small change in settings.

How to do a complete Internet explorer optimization?

  1. Open Internet Explorer Options
  • Close all the open Internet explorer windows.
  • Press Windows Key + R to open Run windows. Type inetcpl.cpl and click OK
  • This is going to open Internet Properties window
    Open internet options run window

internet options window

  1. Delete Browsing history
  • Check the options Preserve Favorites website data, Temporary Internet files and website files, Cookies and website data,History, Download History and Tracking Protection, ActiveX Filetring and Do Not Track
  • Click on Delete

Internet options delete browsing historyExplanation for what data is going to be deleted is explained under each options. I suggest checking all the boxes.Beware, don’t check the Passwords option in case if you saved passwords in IE and you don’t remember it anymore. Press delete key after selecting the options.

  1. Reset all zones to default

internet explorer security tab

  • Click on Security tab on the top
  • Click on the option Reset all zones to default level

If “Reset all zones to default level” is greyed out, it means the option is already selected.

  1. Configure Privacy tab

internet-explorer-privacy-tab

Make sure Turn on Pop-up Blocker is turned on.

  1. Configure Content tab

internet-explorer-content-tab

  • Click Content Tab
  • Click on Clear SSL state
  • Click OK on the message that says SSL cache cleared successfully

This step is going to fix issues related to problems with logging into secure websites such as your email and banking websites.

  1. Configure Connection Tab
  • Click on Connection tab
  • click on LAN settings which will open a window as shown below

internet-explorer-connections-tab
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.

  1. Configure Add-Ons
  • Click on Programs Tab
  • Click Manage add-ons

internet explorer manage add-ons tabAdd-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.

You can also run Internet explorer directly without add-on using the command below.

Open Run window -> type iexplore.exe -extoff

  1. Click on Advanced tab

internet-explorer-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.
  • Click OK and then start using IE.

If none of these methods are working, use the “Reset” button under Advanced tab in “Reset Internet explorer settings”. This will set your Internet explorer to the original factory settings which fix almost all complicated issues. Try this as a last step as it will reset all IE settings.

If you still find issues with IE, Read this article on How to fix corrupted Internet explorer files.

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About the author: Anup Raman A Tech Enthusiast|Blogger|Tech Trainer with 10+ yrs experience in the field of IT. My expertise are in Operating Systems, mainly Windows and Computer security which comes from my experience, working as Tech Support and Trainer for Microsoft, Symantec and McAfee. Loves blogging about Technical Troubleshooting, discussing latest Gadgets, Games and doing Reviews.

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  • James Jan 11, 2017, 2:53 am

    Thank you😎

  • Milton Armstead Jan 7, 2017, 4:00 am

    I copied down everything I could and for the few days will be trying to do as you say. I look forward to this, and will keep you info. Thanks

  • Gerry wekenborg Nov 8, 2016, 11:12 am

    Windows 10 Dell
    Have a lot of trouble loosing the internet with quite a few programs

    • Anup Raman Nov 8, 2016, 1:13 pm

      Right click on start button -> select command prompt (admin)
      type netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt This is going to reset ip
      type netsh winsock reset. This command is going to reset winsock. Although resetting winsock has nothing to do with fixing the error, it might help in fixing other problems which can lead to this error. Once the command is executed, it will create a prompt to restart. Do not restart now. Complete the steps.
      type ipconfig /flushdns This command help in flushing the stored DNS cache.
      Restart computer and check if the problem is fixed.

      If the issue is not fixed, try re-installing security software. This method should be tried definitely in case if the problem started after installing anniversary update. Also remove if you find any unnecessary software in your computer.

      Check the status. If the problem is still not fixed,let me know if you get any error message.

  • Torya Fenn Mar 18, 2016, 7:10 pm

    Thank your a million for first off being free then giving steps and accredited info and pictures.I have been looking and working I dns issues for months and googled this page thanks thanks thanks. I have won the battle and I couldn’t be happier win 7 does the most and I cannot afford another pc so again thanks blessing to you.

  • John Mar 13, 2016, 11:00 pm

    This worked like a charm, txs a bunch!

  • Antoine Feb 12, 2016, 5:43 pm

    Many thanks. I went for the easy-fix #9 “Restore
    Advanced Settings” FIRST—and that resolved my browser problems.
    It was almost too simple. Gracias !

  • JB Aug 31, 2015, 10:59 pm

    Came across this link today 8/31/2015. I did everything you said in that video. It worked great.
    Thank You very much for taking the time to do this very helpful video.
    I wish you the very best in everything you do.

  • Georgi Aug 20, 2015, 4:42 pm

    Great explanations, congratulations!

  • Mani Apr 12, 2015, 6:28 pm

    thank u so much, it doesnt redirects to google now & my browsing doesnt gets disturbed 🙂

  • Elmo Gagootz Mar 15, 2015, 3:05 pm

    Thanks for the unbiased help that actually worked!

  • lisa Feb 23, 2015, 11:50 pm

    I had a lot of files that were just there , thx to yall its better

  • Oskars Jan 13, 2015, 6:11 pm

    Thank You very much, treated my comp perfectly 🙂

  • maya Dec 21, 2014, 11:02 am

    Thank you, worked like a charm.

  • j brown Dec 12, 2014, 3:58 am

    Awesome! It worked! Thanks!

  • michael Oct 23, 2014, 2:17 pm

    worked great thanks

  • Jess Oct 21, 2014, 6:17 am

    Thank you! it helped.

  • Terri. Bee Oct 18, 2014, 3:39 am

    so this FIX will work for Vista Home Edition? I also cannot load Facebook!

    • Anup Raman Oct 18, 2014, 12:07 pm

      Yes, this should fix the problem. However if this is not a browser related issue, then you may have to try other methods. Vista is getting old and sometimes the IE gets easily corrupted. In that case, try installing chrome or Firefox and use it for browsing online

  • Rnsone May 10, 2014, 12:24 pm

    Thank you.

  • rnsone May 3, 2014, 10:48 pm

    Thank u it helped.

  • S. Chandler Mar 1, 2014, 11:28 pm

    Disabled all the add ins and followed your instructions. Looking thru my gmail, I go thru 10-12 emails and I get recover webpage message. Cache is cleared every time.

    • Anup Raman Mar 2, 2014, 5:25 am

      Can you try going to Manage Add-ons. Go there and disable all add-ons. Then check if you get recover webpage. If no, then enable 1 add-on at a time till you get recover webpage message again. The one which gave recover webpage on enabling will be the one which is responsible for the problem. Please do update the result.

      Good Luck

  • Melissa Smith Feb 16, 2014, 7:35 am

    This worked! After having an HP Tech access my computer I have had all kinds of problems! I have had to uninstall numerous programs; reload ones that were needed. I couldn’t get on facebook nor a banking site… I did a search read your information and it works! Thanks!

  • Srinivas Sep 18, 2013, 6:55 pm

    Really…you are a top man..problem solved..i really appreciate you 🙂

  • Kelly Aug 25, 2013, 6:33 pm

    You are a genius! Thank you so much!

  • Allison s Apr 18, 2013, 11:58 pm

    Thank so much for your help!

  • pallab ray Nov 5, 2012, 6:31 pm

    i have recovered from the problem during opening ie8 following this suggestion.
    thanks a lot.
    pallab ray

  • Jacob Oct 12, 2012, 9:53 pm

    Hello, I’ve had this Google redirect problem for some time and this guide is the closest I’ve come to solving the problem but I ran into a bump. In step 8, when I click Manage Add-ons it stops responding and i get this message: Windows host process (Rundll32) has stopped working. The only option I’m given is to close the program. Could this be a hint that an add-on could be the souce of the redirect rootkit? Also, is there anyway around this? thank you.

    • Anup Raman Oct 13, 2012, 4:56 am

      Hi Jacob,

      Yes, it is possible the redirection maybe a simple configuration issue with browser settings.That’s why I insist doing an IE optimization before further moving to steps for removing google redirect virus.

      In this case, it seems something is corrupting Internet explorer.Please go to start->run->appwiz.cpl.In the list of softwares installed, look for any add-ons or toolbars installed for Internet explorer.Remove it.It’s okay to remove these tools or add-on as most of them are free.You can always re-install it,if needed in future. Add-ons and toolbars are the major source of problem for most of the internet explorer issues.
      Also, please check http://atechjourney.com/how-to-fix-any-problems-related-to-login-to-secure-website.html/. There is a section for “fix corrupted internet explorer”. There is a long list of files that needs to be registered. Follow the instructions mentioned there as it is very easy. This should make sure the internet explorer is healthy.
      Let me know the results.Please do share the article if you like it.
      Good Luck

  • Kathy Sep 28, 2012, 12:08 pm

    Genius,you just fixed the weird way my browser was working.Can’t pinpoint where it went wrong and which step fixed the problem.But for sure, I am able to browse net without any problem.Thanks Anup

  • Reynold Sep 27, 2012, 3:36 pm

    Thanks,now my browser works fine. Awesome video.

  • Mary Sep 27, 2012, 10:44 am

    This is the only solution that worked out for my browser problem.Wasted lot of time in forums and yahoo answers.Google should place you at the top for browser related issues.Thanks for sharing your knowledge and a great article

  • Tasha Parry Aug 26, 2012, 5:23 pm

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and
    wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your
    blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  • Mikes Aug 24, 2012, 8:12 pm

    Your steps worked.Thank you,now my facebook is up and running after almost a week.I am back in business

  • Retha Ferroni Jan 26, 2012, 5:46 am

    Thanks for all the information!

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