Problems with Internet Explorer 8 This computer came with Explorer 7, so I decided to upgrade to 8. After downloading, I was warned that an add-on on the pre-loading Skype could cause IE8 to crash, and I was instructed to update my Skype. After I updated Skype, I decided I didn't want, and uninstalled it. Now my computer lags, or freezes up over the simplest tasks like opening up a gallery.
Does this problem have anything to do with IE8? If so, should I restore my computer to factory settings? Or just uninstall IE8 and download IE7? If I should download IE7 which version am I suppose to download: Windows XP SP2, or Windows XP Pro X64 Edition?
My netbook is working perfectly for me now, but I reloaded Windows 4 times befor I was able to figure out that Explorer version 8 was screwing up the netbook (in subtle ways), The netbook was randomly slowing down for certain operations (e.g. right clicking on a folder or file) and on surfing the web. Without Explorer 8, everything works great.
The Skype addon for IE8 and Firefox causes major memory leaks and sluggishness. I experienced the issue on both my high end workstation and Asus 1005HA-P. I'd highly advise that not install it during setup or simply uninstall it.
Random complaints: http://forum.skype.com/index.php?showtopic=374641 http://forum.skype.com/index.php?s=afb0f41439ae642bf0ed6e8e39af4d87&showtopic=351121
Now go to start > control panel > internet options > advanced tab > reset at the bottom
I don't know for sure what might be causing the problem. If I understand correctly, you uninstalled Skype and kept IE8. It sounds like Skype didn't uninstall very well. You might need to re-install IE8. If you want IE7, use the SP2 version. Only download the x64 version if you're using the 64-bit version of the operating system.
Worst case - restore to factory settings - after backing up your files.
Keep in mind that IE8 addresses a lot of vulnerabilities in IE7, so from a security standpoint you should be using the newer browser. I find IE8 to be faster rendering webpages than IE7 on the 1005HA. Better yet install Firefox 3.5.1 and the noscript plugin for even greater protection.