Fix: Internet Explorer Tabs Freeze or Open Slowly

Ivan Jenic By: Ivan Jenic
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Internet Explorer is counting its last days, but it still has a certain amount of users. And these users are certainly facing some issues with Microsoft’s outgoing browser, even if it’s more stable than ever.

If your Internet Explorer constantly crashes, freezes or hangs in Windows 10, 8.1, 7, or maybe it won’t even start, you’ve come to the right place. We have a couple of effective solutions for you, if you’re facing some of these problems.


What to do if IE crashes, freezes or opens slowly?

    1. Clear IE Cache
    2. Check Your System
    3. Check if certain add-on is causing problems
    4. Change Internet Settings in Registry Editor
    5. Additional Solutions

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Clear IE Cache

First thing you might want to do is to clear Internet Explorer Cache. You can do that from browser‘s Settings or with some third-party cleaning tool.

For more information on keeping your system clean, this post will take you through some of the best registry cleaners for Windows 10.

Check Your System

Next, you can run sfc/scannow command in the Command Prompt to check your system for errors.

Also, scan your system with a good antivirus software.

And finally, go to Internet Explorer, click Tools, Internet Options, Security, Reset all Zones to Default level.

If these system tweaks didn’t help you, try with some other solution listed below.

Check if certain add-on is causing problems

Maybe some of your add-ons is giving you a problem.

So, run Internet Explorer without add-ons and see if things get any better.

To disable all add-ons in Internet explorer, do the following:

  • open Internet Explorer
  • type about:NoAdd-ons in the search bar.
    This command will open Internet Explorer without any add-ons, toolbars or plug-ins.

If it works fine, then one of your add-ons is obviously causing problems.

Use Manage add-ons tool, to disable each one after the another to find which add-on is causing the problem. When you notice which add-is the problem, delete it.

You can also disable add-ons if you go to Internet Options, Advanced tab, and click on Reset tab and Restart IE.

This option will reset Internet Explorer and delete all temporary files, disable all add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars and set all the settings to default.

This is maybe the quicker way to fix the problem with add-ons, after you perform it, you’ll have to install everything again.

But if the problem is not with your add-ons, try some of the solutions listed below.

Change Internet Settings in Registry Editor

If none of the solutions listed above worked, you may try to make a few changes in the Registry.

But make sure to create a backup of your system, because playing with Registry Editor could be dangerous sometimes. Find out more in the post 5 best backup software for Windows 10.

Here’s what you need to do to edit your Registry:

  1. Run regedit and navigate to the following key:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings
  2. Right-click in the right page and select New
  3. Create a New DWORD value called MaxConnectionsPerServer
  4. Double-click MaxConnectionsPerServer and give the value as 10
  5. Create another new DWORD with the name MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server
  6. Double-click it and give the value as 10
  7. Save and Exit from the registry
  8. Restart Windows

You should also check if the following registry subkey is enabled:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet SettingsUseCoInstall

If it isn’t, no problem. But if it is present and of its DWORD value is set at 1, change this value to 0, Click OK and Exit.

Additional Solutions

You always can give a try to Microsoft’s in-house troubleshooting tool, Microsoft Fix It. Just download it, choose the cause of your problem, which is crashing Internet Explorer, in this case, and it will try to fix it.

Microsoft Fix It usually fixes common problems with Internet Explorer, like freezing, running slow, security issues, etc. And it could be also effective this time.

You can also use Software Rendering instead of GPU Rendering and see if the problem still exist. To enable this setting, do the following:

  • go to Internet Options
  • select Advanced Tab
  • check Use Software Rendering instead of GPU Rendering, under Accelerated graphics section.

Check out the solutions in our related articles:

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2015 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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