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?
asked by Stephanie Rose on July 19, 2009
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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 Fred answered on July 19, 2009

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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
J. Welch answered on July 19, 2009

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I just uninstalled IE8, and it was automatically replaced by IE7. Everything is working great again =)
Stephanie Rose answered on July 19, 2009

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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.
Slade Simon answered on July 19, 2009

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I will re-install IE8 and see what happens.

Can restoring to factory settings harm your hardrive, or anything else, in any way?
Stephanie Rose answered on July 19, 2009

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<<Can restoring to factory settings harm your hardrive, or anything else, in any way? >>

No.
J. Welch answered on July 19, 2009

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> The Fred says:
> 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),

What brand/model Netbook do you have, and are you running XP?

Thanks!
Les
L. F. Hunter answered on July 19, 2009

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K, I will re-install IE7
Stephanie Rose answered on July 19, 2009

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I have the IE8 installed with no problem but I have to have Skype updated
Movieviewer answered on July 19, 2009

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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.
J. Welch answered on July 19, 2009
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