IE8 extremely slow browsing -

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Troutman, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. Troutman

    Troutman Guest

    I've been using IE8 RC1 without major problems and just updated to IE8
    through Windows Update.
    Since the update my browsing speed became extremely slow and I have 10 to 20
    connections to established all the time. This
    only started happening since the update (2 hours ago), and I made no other
    change to the system, so I guess it's pretty safe to say it's not spyware (a
    fast google search on akamai also points to a "legit" company).
    Anyone has any idea on what's going on?
    Troutman, Apr 1, 2009
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  2. Troutman

    VanguardLH Guest

    Remove all sites from the Restricted Sites security zone. Thousands of
    entries (added by anti-malware programs) in this list will severely
    slow IE8. Known bug. Manual removal is tedious. Save to a file, right- click
    on it, and select Install. This will make registry changes to delete
    the ZoneMap entries and recreate them (but empty). ALL sites in every
    security zone are deleted. If you have entries in the Trusted Sites
    zone, record them before deletion.

    Akamai is a worldwide service provider. They have data centers that
    other companies use for load-balancing their systems across many
    countries. Microsoft uses them for providing downloads and tracking
    them (and also uses for tracking, a company well known as an
    advertising service provider). Connects to Akamai are common for
    Microsoft products or services. However, there normally would not be
    "10 to 20 [concurrent] connections" and they wouldn't be "all the time".
    What are you using to monitor that number of constant connections?

    Did you leave enabled the option to download updates from Microsoft for
    the Compatibility sites list? Tools -> View Compatability Settings.
    VanguardLH, Apr 1, 2009
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  3. Troutman

    Ben Humpert Guest

    How could a huge list of restricted sites creating such an amount of
    (concurrent) connections to akamai servers and why?
    Ben Humpert, Apr 1, 2009
  4. Troutman

    VanguardLH Guest

    " ... browsing speed became extremely slow and I have 10 to 20
    connections ..."

    Those were TWO problems described in one post. The huge number of
    Restricted Sites entries addresses the slow response (when moving
    between tabs or opening IE8). Nothing to do with the other problem of a
    large number of concurrent connections to Akamai.
    VanguardLH, Apr 1, 2009
  5. Troutman

    Troutman Guest


    Thanks for replying.
    Answering to the questions VanguardLH posted:
    - In one of the ocasions I had that huge amount of connections I had two
    tabs opened - one with iGoogle and one with a Myspace page. In the other
    ocasion, I had just a YouTube page opened.

    - I'm using TCPView to check the connections.

    Regarding the sugestion posted also by VanguardLH, by removing all those
    restricted sites entries, won't that make the browser less safe?
    Supposing that's the cause for the decrease in browsing speed, why didn't
    that happen with IE8 Beta2 and RC1? I still have RC1 in my laptop, and the
    browsing speed is normal. I have the same security apps in both computers
    (AVG and Spybot).
    Troutman, Apr 1, 2009
  6. Troutman

    Troutman Guest

    Thanks for the tip, but it didn't work. Browsign is still much slower than
    before (with RC1) and some features just became unavailable (don't work),
    like Myspace's media player (in musicians pages).
    Heres a print screen of what Tcpview looks like when I visit Myspace:

    In my laptop, I kept IE8 RC1 and it still works great...
    Troutman, Apr 3, 2009
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    Steve Hebert Guest

    I have to wonder if that might really be a problem with AVG's website
    checking service (whatever it's called - I can't remember the name at the

    Steve Hebert, Apr 3, 2009
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