> 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 deploy.akamaitechnologies.com 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?
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 atdmt.com 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.