While Windows 10 was still in the form of Technical Preview, Microsoft was advising users that glitches and problems were to be expected. One of them was the slow performance of the default Internet Explorer browser.
Microsoft confirmed that IE 11 is the last version of Internet Explorer. Therefore, if you want to make it work, read this article and find out how.
Windows 10 users have used the Feedback app in Windows 10 TP build 9860 to complain about the existing Internet Explorer version. Here’s what one of them has been saying:
Can’t say why. Page loading super slow. Even already visited pages opened in new tab
Internet Explorer 11 has aimed to be the first browser to make Internet connections more secure and reliable by reducing the use of vulnerable cipher suites (ex. RC4) and by using the latest security standards, TLS 1.2, by default.
One reason might be that many web pages are not officially supporting Internet Explorer anymore. Internet Explorer 11 is hardly being maintained and merely used for Intranet websites and apps that require ActiveX controls.
Some users consider that the TLS 1.2 is actually causing IE 12 to work slow, but secured. By any means, if you enjoy IE 11 and want to make it work on your device, check out the following tips and fixes to apply now.
How do I speed up Internet Explorer?
1. Opt for a faster browser
Internet Explorer is no longer officially updated by Microsoft, having been replaced with Microsoft Edge as the default browser. That being the case, replacing it with any other browser is pretty much an upgrade.
That is why, if you’re are to replace Internet Explorer, might s well go for the best alternative on the market, and it is called Opera.
Just like Internet Explorer’s descendent, Opera is also Chromium-based, making it faster, more reliable, and with plenty of extension support.
What’s more, you can customize Opera however you want, with toolbars and shortcuts, night mode, themes, and more.
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2. Scan your system for errors
One perfect example of such a stool is Bullguard Antivirus, a anti-malware tool that perfectly balances out efficiency, a low resource footprint, and a great toolset.
Enjoy constant real-time protection and prevent malware from damaging your browsers and making them run slowly.
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The first thing you can do is to clear Internet Explorer Cache. You can do that from browser‘s Settings following the steps below, or with some third-party cleaning tool, like Advanced System Care or CCleaner.
- Launch Internet Explorer 11
- On the right-hand side of the browser, click on the gear icon – the Tools icon
- Go to Safety and select Delete Browsing History
- Uncheck all options except the Temporary Internet files and website files
- Click the “Delete” button.
- The Delete Browsing History window will disappear and your mouse icon might go busy for a while.
4. Disable Add-ons
- Open Internet Explorer and select the Tools button
- Click on Manage add-ons
- From the drop-down menu choose “All add-ons”
- Select each add-on that you want to remove and click on Disable.
5. Reset IE to default level
These tweaks should help you fix your slow Internet Explorer and improve your browsing experience.
The solutions listed above are also good if you are interested in the following topics:
- Internet Explorer 11 slow to load the first page – Users reported that usually the first tab that IE opens usually loads very slowly
- Internet Explorer takes forever to open – Some reported that the IE browser in general moves very slowly
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.