Starting IE7 by clicking onto links in other programs takes longer and longer...

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Michael Moser, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. Since a few weeks I have the more and more annoying behavior here, that
    starting IE7 from within another program (i.e. by clicking onto a link,
    e.g. in an email or in a PDF or a word file) takes "forever".

    Initially this opened IE7 almost instantaneous, then - a few weeks ago -
    this suddenly took like 10 seconds or so until the browser showed up and
    since then things seems to get worse and worse every day. It now takes
    between 30-60(!) seconds until the browser finally shows up and more
    than once it already happened, that by the time when the browser finally
    opened I already had forgotten, why I had clicked that link and what I
    wanted here...

    Strange enough, starting the browser by clicking its desktop- or
    quickstart-icon works as it always did and opens it immediately and so I
    have more and more get used again, to when I want to open a URL from
    another program to not simply click on it, but rather copy it onto the
    clipboard, fire up the browser and paste it into the address bar. This
    works as fast as it always did, but is of course this is most annoying
    and inconvenient.
    The only exception, from where IE still starts with its original speed,
    the newsreader (i.e. Outlook Express). Clicking on a link in Outlook
    though, takes - as I mentioned - "forever".

    I have already deleted all temp. internet files, and I have testwise
    disabled ALL add-ons, to check whether any of these might be the
    culprit, but without success/change. I also tried with disabled
    viruschecker and I also toggled the "automatically detect settings"
    Options => Connection => LAN settings on and off, but again, no
    noticable difference.

    What else could cause these enourmous delays when starting IE from
    within another program???

    This is using WinXP (plus all available patches installed).

    Michael Moser, Jan 14, 2008
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  2. 1. Does this behavior persist if you start IE7 in No Add-ons mode? To start
    IE7 in No Add-ons mode:

    Right-click on the blue IE desktop icon and select Start without Add-ons; or

    Start > (All) Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Internet Explorer (No

    Troubleshooting and Internet Explorer’s (No Add-ons) Mode:

    2. Does the problem persist if you Reset IE7 Settings (RIES)? <= Read before using!

    3. If you uninstall (a) IE7 (which automatically returns you to IE6), (b)
    all toolbars and (c) all third-party Windows Themes (including Window
    Blinds) and do NOT reinstall IE7, does this behavior persist? If it does,
    do NOT reinstall IE7.

    Uninstalling IE7

    How to uninstall Internet Explorer 7:

    IE7 (Un)Installation and Anti-Malware Applications:

    4. Required reading IMHO before reinstalling IE7:

    Sandi's Installation Tips <= FOLLOW THESE TIPS TO THE LETTER!

    [And I strongly recommend using as the
    installation source, not Automatic/Windows Update.]

    Make *certain* that you check in at Windows Update immediately after
    reinstalling IE7 to install any critical updates offered. If Optional
    Updates category offers Root Certificates update, I recommend installing it
    to take full advantage of IE7's additional security.
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Jan 14, 2008
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