How to Fix Internet Explorer Not Responding in Windows 7, 8 & 10

How to Fix Internet Explorer Not Responding

Internet Explorer constantly freezing and not responding?

IE takes a long time to load web pages?

This tutorial will show you step by step how to fix Internet Explorer not responding problems in Windows 7, 8 and 10.

Fix a Slow Internet Explorer & Make it Fast Again

But first:

Internet Explorer (also known as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Windows Internet Explorer) is a web browser developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows operating systems.

There may come a time that Internet Explorer becomes slow and crashes a lot.

And often when these problems occur, you will see the following message: Internet Explorer Not Responding.

This is an annoying and common problem with Internet Explorer.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to fix the "Internet Explorer Not Responding" problem and this tutorial will show you how to do this.

And now:

How to Fix Internet Explorer Not Responding in Windows 7, 8 & 10

Make Microsoft Internet Explorer Fast Again

Stay Up-to-Date

Make sure you're running the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Many Internet Explorer updates include stability and bug fixes, which may solve the problems you are having with this web browser.

Internet Explorer is updated through Windows Update.

Run Windows Update and if there are any updates available, then download and install them.

Disable Add-ons

Web browser add-ons can enhance your browsing experience, but they also take time to load and thus affect your browser's loading time.

You don't need to disable all add-ons, but you can just disable a few add-ons you don't use every day and see if it makes a difference.

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on the gear internet explorer tools button button located at the top right.
  3. Click on "Manage add-ons".
  4. Right-click on the add-on you want to disable and choose "Disable".
  5. Click on "Close".
  6. Restart Internet Explorer.

Delete Internet History

One of the reasons that Internet Explorer becomes slow and freezes a lot might be because of corrupted cache files and browsing history.

Deleting your internet history could solve your problem(s).

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Press the CTRL + Shift + Delete (DEL) keyboard keys.
  3. Select everything.
  4. Click on "Delete".

Malware Scan

and other browser hijackers can cause a lot of problems Internet Explorer and any other web browser.

It's always a good idea to periodically scan your computer for malware with your antivirus software and also using multiple programs, such as Malwarebytes, Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool and ESET Online Scanner.

Reset your Modem/Router

Unplug your Modem's / Router's power cable for 60 seconds and plug it back in.

Windows Network Troubleshooter

  1. Close Internet Explorer.
  2. Right-click on the network (wifi or ethernet) icon located in the notifications area of the Windows taskbar and choose "Troubleshoot problems".
    • solve connection problems using windows network troubleshooter
    • The troubleshooter will now scan for connection problems.
  3. Click on "I'm having a different problem".
  4. Click on "Use a specific network adapter (for example, Ethernet or wireless)".
  5. Select "All network adapters".
  6. Click on "Next".
  7. When the troubleshooter is finished, click on "Close".
  8. Open Internet Explorer.

Windows Command Prompt

  1. Open "Command Prompt" as administrator.
  2. Run the following command: ipconfig /release
  3. Run the following command: ipconfig /all
  4. Run the following command: ipconfig /flushdns
  5. Run the following command: ipconfig /renew
  6. Run the following command: netsh int ip set dns
  7. Run the following command: netsh winsock reset
    • Run a Command in Windows Command Prompt
  8. Close the Command Prompt.
  9. Restart your PC.

The "Microsoft easy fix" Tool

Microsoft provides a tool called "Microsoft easy fix" for fixing all kinds of problems.

  1. Visit (Official Microsoft website).
  2. Go to "Windows troubleshooter".
  3. Click on "Find and fix problems with Internet Explorer performance".
  4. Download the file to your PC.
  5. Run the file.
  6. Follow the on-screen steps.

Reset Internet Explorer

Resetting Internet Explorer to factory settings may fix all your problems.

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on the gear internet explorer tools button button located at the top right.
  3. Click on "Internet options".
  4. Click on "Advanced".
  5. Click on the "Reset" button.
  6. Check "Delete personal settings".
  7. Click on the "Reset" button.
  8. When the resetting is finished you will need to restart your computer for these changes to take effect.

Reinstall Internet Explorer

An incorrect or corrupted installation can also lead to problems.

When your problem is not solved, then you can always reinstall the web browser on your PC.

Windows XP, Vista & 7

  1. Download Internet Explorer from the Microsoft website.
  2. Run the installation file.
  3. Follow the on-screen steps to reinstall the browser.

Windows 8 & 10

  1. Open "Programs and Features".
  2. Click on "Turn Windows features on or off".
  3. Uncheck "Internet Explorer".
  4. Click on "OK".
  5. When you get a warning, click "Yes".
  6. Restart your PC.
  7. Open "Programs and Features".
  8. Click on "Turn Windows features on or off".
  9. Check "Internet Explorer".
  10. Click on "OK".
  11. Restart your PC.

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