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Troubleshooting Internet Explorer Issues

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, How do i disable toolbars, addons, and cookies on Internet Explorer”   - Kathryn F., USA

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer: Internet Explorer users often complain about toolbars and add-ons that take space on the screen and make the browser slower. Some of them spam the user with popup ads and most of them change the homepage and the default search engine as well.

Cookies are needed for most modern websites to remember the user, so they should not be disabled, although they can also be deleted along with the user’s browsing history. If you have an issue with Internet Explorer then most of them can be fixed if you update internet explorer, or download a new internet explorer.

Internet Explorer Issues

The Internet Explorer web browser is developed by Microsoft. It comes installed on every computer running Microsoft Windows, and it is still one of the most widely used internet browsers. In 2002-2003, it reached a peak usage share of about 95% worldwide.

Internet Explorer started to lag behind other web browsers in terms of speed and functionality, but new versions of Internet Explorer look promising. Some general Internet Explorer troubleshooting tips are as follows:

Reset Internet Explorer 

Resetting Internet Explorer to its default settings should solve almost all problems. The Reset Internet Explorer Settings feature is used for this purpose. The Delete Personal Settings option can be used to only delete personal data such as browsing history, form data, login information, and saved passwords among other data.

It also resets custom settings like installed browser extensions, custom toolbars, and other customized settings. If you want your old settings back then those will have to be done later by using the Manage Add-ons dialog box.

The Reset Internet Explorer Settings option does not:

  • Delete RSS Feeds.
  • DeleteWeb Slices.
  • Reset proxy settings.
  • Delete Favorites list.
  • Effect Administrative Template Group Policy settings.

Using the Reset Internet Explorer Settings feature

  1. Click Tools > Internet Options
    Internet Explorer - Internet-Options - WindowsWally
  2. Click Advanced tab > click Reset.
    Internet Explorer - Internet-Options - Reset - WindowsWally
  3. When the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box appears, you can check the Delete Personal Settings checkbox to delete personal data as well > Click Reset
    Internet Explorer - Internet-Options - Reset Internet Explorer Settings - WindowsWally
  4. Click Close OK > Restart Internet Explorer for changes to take effect

Enable/Disable Internet Explorer add-ons

Many programs install add-ons when you run their setup, they can also add buttons to the browser’s interface, and slow it down. Here’s how to Disable them:

Disabling an add-on

  1. Click Tools (the gear button) > Manage Add-ons
  2. Click the add-on you want to disable > Click Disable
    Internet Explorer - Internet-Options - Add-ons - WindowsWally
  3. In case Internet Explorer keeps freezing or crashing because of an add-on, this tool by Microsoft can be used to automatically solve the issue.

Remove annoying toolbars

The freeware software can sometimes install toolbars and unnecessary add-ons to all of your browsers. To potentially get rid of all of them at once, uninstall them from the Add or Remove programs menu. Check the name of the toolbar first, then:

  1. Press the Start button > type Add or Remove Programs and press Enter.
  2. Find the name of the installed toolbar in the list of software and click Uninstall.
    Internet Explorer - Add or Remove Programs - WindowsWally
  3. Restart Internet Explorer.

Some freeware software can also install spyware and other malware on your computer. This can slow down your computer, clog the registry, and run every time the computer starts. This increases the time your computer takes to turn on. Install reliable maintenance software like WinThruster to take care of such problems, and perform automatic maintenance.

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Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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Windows Wally is a helpful guy. It’s just in his nature. It’s why he started a blog in the first place. He heard over and over how hard it was to find simple, plain-English solutions to Windows troubleshooting problems on the Internet. Enter: Windows Wally. Ask away, and he will answer.