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1. Does the behavior persist if you start IE in No Add-ons mode? To start
IE in No Add-ons mode:
=> Right-click on the blue IE desktop icon and select Start without
=> Start | (All) Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Internet
Explorer (No add-ons).
Troubleshooting and Internet Explorerâ€™s (No Add-ons) Mode:
2. Does the behavior persist if you Reset IE Advanced settings (RIES)?
<= Read before using!
3. Does the behavior persist if you boot into Safe Mode with Networking?
[Careful! Only remain in Safe Mode just long enough to test!]
4a. What anti-virus application or security suite is installed, is your
subscription current, and is it supported in IE8? What anti-spyware
applications (other than Defender)? What third-party firewall (if any)?
Were any of these applications running in the background when you installed
4b. Has a Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on this machine
(e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you bought it)?
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002
> Trying to figure out what's up with this.
> I can browse a site or two, then I'll need to reset IE8's settings before
> it'll load anything else. The site doesn't matter - it can be a community
> website, the NY Times, or Microsoft's own. After a few minutes, I'll fire
> Firefox or Chrome, browse the site, browse others, come back fif****
> later, and it's still "Connecting to site..." If I reset IE, it'll
> A reboot won't help. Cookies, temp files, etc. are all clean.
> Looking for suggestions as to where to look so I don't have to reset every
> other or every third time I use IE. (And I truly wish that were an
> exaggeration or hyperbole. Even having to do so once a month would be a
> massive improvement.)