Internet Explorer keeps crashing on Windows 10 [Easy Fix]

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troubleshooting FIX Internet Explorer 11 Crashes in Windows 10

With the latest version of Internet Explorer 11 on the market, I am sure you are interested to find out what are the improvements and new apps implemented.

Unfortunately, as promising as it sounds, Internet Explorer 11 has also brought with it some issues. The major issue we have found with Internet Explorer 11 is when it crashes while using it on Windows 10.

Your Internet Explorer 11 can crash in Windows 10 for example if your graphics are not responding at a fast rate thus making the Internet Explorer 11 to stop responding or just close unexpectedly.

Another reason your Internet Explorer 11 might crash is if you have Add-ons installed that are not compatible with your new browser on Windows 10.

We will give you more information on these issues in the lines below, as well as a way to fix them in the shortest time possible.

How can I fix Internet Explorer 11 crashes in Windows 10, 8

  1. Use Opera
  2. Use Bullguard to scan your system for malware
  3. Use software rendering
  4. Check your add-ons
  5. Reset IE
  6. Update Internet Explorer
  7. Reinstall IE

1. Use Opera

Opera browser

If the issue persists and you cannot surf the Internet because IE is constantly crashing on your computer, maybe it’s time to switch to another browser.

While Microsoft still offers support for IE 11 on Windows 10, there are many excellent alternatives out there, such as Opera.

To start with, once you install Opera you will automatically see an enhanced resource consumption on your device.

Let’s have a look at some more key functionalities:

  • Fast and easy import of your bookmark
  • Great searching function.
  • Data privacy with an integrated VPN.
  • Social media apps on your desktop.
  • Tabs Manager.
  • Workspace feature.
  • Adblocker.
  • Search function for opened tabs.
Opera

Opera

Use Opera, and enjoy navigating the Internet without having your browser crashing multiple times!

2. Use Bullguard to scan your system for malware

If you are used to running complete virus scans of your device, then you probably see the difference in how much better your browser works afterward. That being said, we recommend that you use Bullguard, a great antivirus that scored highly for its protection.

Bullguard incorporates several layered defenses that will block all malicious threats and keeps your device working at an optimal speed.

BullGuard Antivirus has a great interface, is very easy to use and intuitive and it also scans your device pretty fast.

In terms of false detection alarms for legit software, Bullguared has had fewer alarms as compared with the top antivirus programs.

Here are some of the key features:

  • Free live support.
  • Effective malware protection.
  • Triple-layered protection.
  • Kids protection.
  • Accurate recognition of apps and sites.
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Bullguard

Get Bullguard, the best anti-malware solutions, and make your browsing easier and faster!

3. Use software rendering

  1. Open Internet Explorer 11.
  2. Go to the Tools menu.
  3. Left-click Internet Option.
  4. Click left on the Advanced tab.
  5. Left-click on the Settings feature.
  6. In the Acceleration graphics select Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering.Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering internet explorer
  7. Left-click on the OK button.
  8. Reboot your Windows 10 device.

Note: If this workaround fixed your issue, then you will need to upgrade your graphics driver to the latest version compatible with Windows 10.

Upgrading drivers manually is very annoying, so we recommend you to download this driver updater tool (100% safe and tested by us) to do it automatically.

Thus, you will prevent file loss and even permanent damage to your computer.


4. Check your add-ons

  1. Press  Windows key + R.
  2. In the run type iexplore.exe –extoff.
  3. Press Enter.
  4. If your Internet Explorer 11 is working properly now then one of your add-ons is causing this issue.

Note: You can open your add-ons by going to the Tools menu and clicking left-click the Manage Add-ons topic. From there you can disable them and see if the issue persists.


5. Reset IE

  1. Open Internet Explorer 11.
  2. Click left on Tools option.
  3. Click left on Internet Options.
  4. Click left the Advanced tab.
  5. Click left on the Reset button.
  6. Click left again on Reset in the new window that opened.reset internet explorer
  7. Wait for Internet Explorer 11 to reset to default settings.
  8. Restart the Internet Explorer 11.
  9. Restart your Windows 10 PC.
  10. See if the Internet Explorer 11 still crashes.

6. Update Internet Explorer

  1. Press Windows key + C.
  2. Left-click on Settings in the Charms bar
  3. Left-click on Change PC Settings
  4. In Windows Updateleft-click on Check now
  5. Internet Explorer 11 will check for any updates available for your system.
  6. After its finished close internet explorer and reboot your Windows 10 PC.

7. Reinstall IE

  1. Press Windows key + S.
  2. Type Windows features.
  3. Left-click on Turn Windows features on or off
  4. Uncheck the box next to Internet Explorer 11.
  5. Left-click on the OK button.
  6. Reboot your Windows 10.

Now you only need to go back and check again the box next to Internet Explorer 11 and reboot your Windows 10 PC. This way it will automatically reinstall Internet Explorer 11 in your system.

So, these are the reasons that make your Internet Explorer 11 crash in Windows 10. Knowing which is the root cause of the problem allows you to quickly fix it.

If this article was helpful or you need more information on the issue, let us know in the comments below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2014 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.