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How to Fix Internet Explorer Browser Problems

by George Lawrence J.D.

While Internet Explorer may be one of the most popular Internet browsers, it's not perfect. Problems take the form of being unable to surf the Internet, browsing at a very slow rate despite your broadband connection, or simply failing to launch all together. These problems may be frustrating, but typically, they are fixable without having to re-install the browser.

Step 1

Scan your computer with your antivirus or anti-spyware tools to remove any malicious software. Restart your computer after the scan finishes.

Step 2

Disable add-ons. If you are able to launch Internet Explorer, click on the "Tools" option and select the "Programs" tab. Choose "Manage add-ons and manually disable each one.

Step 3

Reset your Internet Explorer settings. Open Internet Explorer and select the "Tools" option. Click "Internet Options" and choose the "Advanced" tab. Click "Reset" to reset IE's settings. Close the browser to save changes. Restart your browser to check if the problems have been solved.

Update Internet Explorer. If the above steps have not solved your browser trouble, try updating to the most current version of IE, if you haven't done so already. Click on the "Tools" option and choose "Windows Update" to update your browser. Restart your computer.

Items you will need

  • Anti-spyware and/or antivirus software

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