New tabs in Internet Explorer 8 don't always connect

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Drewsavvy, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. Drewsavvy

    Drewsavvy Guest

    I have a weird problem where sometimes new tabs won't connect to websites. I
    might open 4 tabs, but 2 will continue to try and connect but won't find the
    website. It's not an issue with my connection because I can always find the
    site in main page and the problem will occur even if i try to open the same
    link in 3 tabs, and it might only show up in 2 of the 3 tabs and will
    continue trying to search for it in the third. Anyone else have this problem
    and find a solution?
    Drewsavvy, Apr 7, 2009
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    pabob47 Guest

    I have had same problem ...just started in past few days.........if anyone
    knowa fix let me know or I will be switching back to 7
    pabob47, Apr 7, 2009
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    pdrke Guest

    I have the same problem, the only thing that helps is shutting down IE and
    start a new window. Hope they quickly find a fix.
    pdrke, Apr 7, 2009
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    Rob ^_^ Guest

    Hi all,

    Always try running IE in no-Addons mode to see if the behavior persists.

    Check for the latest updates to any toolbars you have installed.

    'Tabs won't open' - is typical of Addon update software (either an addon bho
    (GoogleUpdate.exe) or a windows run item (Google Updater.exe))

    These addons will typically try to call home as you open new tabs as they
    cannot tell the difference between a new tab and a new IE session. Some are
    programmed to call home each time a new IE window is created, which in IE7
    and 8 means each new tab also.

    Rob ^_^, Apr 7, 2009
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    pabob47 Guest

    1st running same add ons that had with ie7 and never had any problems (and
    before you ask they have not updated before problem started) and ran for
    about week with no problems it just started............2nd i havent and
    NEVER will have a tool bar............just a pain to me..............i did
    try without add ons just to be sure and still does same
    thing,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,any other ideas?
    pabob47, Apr 8, 2009
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    Drewsavvy Guest

    I turned off the Google Gears add-on and it seems to have corrected the
    problem. Thanks!
    Drewsavvy, Apr 8, 2009
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    Phil Thien Guest

    I have been experiencing this problem intermittently. It actually started
    w/ IE7, but then I installed IE8 to see if it would fix the issue.

    It happens on my work PC. It happens 2-3 times a day. I often have to exit
    all IE's and think that it helps to exit OE, too.

    I'm looking for patterns. Haven't found anything solid yet.

    However, when it was happening today I did get an opportunity to start IE
    w/o add-ons and it absolutely did NOT help. The problem continued.

    A very interesting problem...
    Phil Thien, Apr 10, 2009
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    Steve Hebert Guest

    That's interesting, thanks for the info - another one to be on the watch

    Steve Hebert, Apr 11, 2009
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    pdrke Guest

    I also tried to start ie8 with no add-ons but after a while the problem
    pop-ups again. Hope this will be solved soon.
    pdrke, Apr 19, 2009
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    Phil Thien Guest

    When the problem occurs for me, I'm able to close all open browser windows,
    open IE w/o add-ons, and still have tabs that won't connect (just get
    "connecting..."). So it doesn't seem to be about the add-ons. It seems to
    be about IE8 itself.
    Phil Thien, Apr 20, 2009
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    Phil Thien Guest

    I had assumed that, if I run w/o add-ons, and still have the problem, the
    problem wasn't related to add-ons. So disabling add-ons under IE seems
    irrelevent. I suppose I could run in Safe Mode, but the problem is
    intermittent (once to twice a day) and I can't sit at my machine running in
    safe mode all day long, waiting to see if the problem happens.

    I'm a reseller and I'm getting reports of this problem from customers now,
    too. Googling "internet explorer tabs connecting" seems to indicate lots of
    recent chatter, too.

    So I'm not sure what the next step should be. Are there steps besides
    disabling add-ons and running in Safe Mode?

    Things I've tried so far (not an exhaustive list):

    (1) Removed all non-essential stuff under Networking
    (2) Keep making sure all my updates are applied
    (3) Updated my NIC drivers
    (4) Played with cache settings (right now set to check for new versions each
    time I visit a web page)
    (5) Completely cleaned-out Temporary Internet Files, deleting all INDEX.DAT
    files and allowing new ones to be created
    (6) Removed stuff like Yahoo Widgets and Google Toolbar, and elimnated every
    non-essential start-up.
    (7) Make sure I have the latest add-ons (even though running w/o doesn't
    help). So I have the latest flash, the lastest java, the latest PDF viewer,
    (8) Gotten rid of stuff like Windows Messenger

    Any other ideas would be appreciated.
    Phil Thien, Apr 22, 2009
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    Phil Thien Guest

    Yes, when this happens I just see the rotating circle with the connecting
    message. It has been a while since I've just let it sit there, I can't
    remember if I get any further messages beyond that. My recollection at this
    point it that it just sits there with the circle spinning forever.

    I did want to follow-up because I saw something interesting (I think). When
    I have no Internet Explorers open (and Task Manager shows no iexplore.exe's),
    and when I click on a link in Outlook Express, three instances of
    iexplore.exe kick-off. But only one tab appears in the IE Windows that
    opens. I would imagine the extra two instances are for my home pages (one is
    yahoo, one is google). But those home pages don't show up as tabs.

    Is that normal?

    The problem is intermittent and it could be related to clicking on links in
    OE and I haven't noticed. I will try to keep a better handle on it.
    Phil Thien, Apr 23, 2009
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    fufufufu Guest

    fufufufu, May 4, 2009
  14. It could be. Would depend on some options that you may have in effect.

    (Live Search for
    AVG proxy

    Use netstat -anosp tcp in a cmd window to check how many
    connections you have between IE and any of the sites you are trying
    to get to. If there are too many you may have to wait for some to
    time out.

    Make sure that at least you have the Windows firewall in place
    before doing such tests.

    BTW please try to avoid using Quoted Printable when posting.
    It makes composing replies harder than necessary.


    Robert Aldwinckle

    I've seen this exact same issue on a number of my computers, with IE6
    and IE8. After opening a number of tabs / browser windows, eventually
    some of them fail, and all you see is "Connecting...".

    For a while I was thinking it was related to AVG, however I am
    uncomfortable with uninstalling virus protection for a long time to

    There SHOULD be a way to diagnose this, but there are no errors in the
    Event Viewer.

    Let's keep searching and keep this thread going.....

    Robert Aldwinckle, May 18, 2009
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    fufufufu Guest

    I'm using AVG 8.5 free addition.
    I disabled the LinkScanner, and ever since I have no problem at all.
    Moreover, I feel that before I had some kind of delay when I click on
    link until the page start to loan. (but maybe it is only my feeling).
    I will update if the problem reoccur.
    fufufufu, May 19, 2009

  16. Thanks for validating.

    Good luck

    Robert Aldwinckle, May 19, 2009
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    Joel Guest

    I have to agree.

    Sometimes in IE7 I had the same issue, but rarely. I upgraded to IE8 to try
    to fix that annoyance, and now in IE8 if I open a dozen or so tabs, no
    addins, new tabs get stuck on connecting. My workaround, although limited, is
    to first open more blank tabs until one finally connects, then try to spawn a
    new tab from the link that hung. It works for about a dozen times, than they
    start to hang again. I pop open a few more blanks until one connects, and
    work that way until the interval of getting a connecting tab or not is just
    to short. Then workaround #2, OPen Sysinternals Precess Explorer, kill entire
    IE tree and restart IE8. When IE8 reloads, it asks to restore previous lost
    session. I do and repeat the above untill I have to kill tree again.
    Thankfully, even some of the authenticated links maintain their connection so
    the pages just reopen.

    Hope they fix it soon.

    One other bug. The default save directory for saving items from the tabs
    changes per tab and is cached. For example, if the 5th tab is in dir2 and 4th
    tab is in Dir1, and you close the tabs to say 2, then spawn new tabs to save
    items in Dir3, the next ime you open a 4th and 5th tabs, they default to dir1
    and dir 2 respectively, and then new tab 6 will default to dir3. This
    doesn't seem to clear in a consistent manner, and when it gets weird, the
    context menu drops items.

    Workaround #2 above clears it, but not the annoying headache it produces.
    Joel, Sep 10, 2009
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    fufufufu Guest

    Had the same problem and used the same workaround, but ever since
    disabled LinkScanner in AVG I didn't have this problem for already 4-
    fufufufu, Sep 11, 2009
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    PepP Guest

    Have had this problem too. Disabling AVG Search Shield and Active Sur
    Shield (in the Link Scanner group) fixed the problem.
    My AVG is a pay-version (8.5.416) and I've talked to AVG about it. The
    do not think it's their software that's the problem. Still disabling th
    above fixes it
    PepP, Sep 20, 2009
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