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I've got IE 8.0.6001.18702 on Winxp SP3

Frequently when launching a new tab, that tab will hang only displaying "Connecting..."  The progress bar at the bottom just stops.  I can leave it there for several minutes and no error occurs.  I can open up new tabs, and eventually one will not hang.

I've disabled *all* add-ons and the behavior persists.  I've reset all the settings from the advanced tab more than once, but the problem is still there.

Any suggestions to fix this?
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by:orangutang
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Maybe try opening Dial-a-fix (http://wiki.lunarsoft.net/wiki/Dial-a-fix#Mirrors.2Fdownload_locations.2C_and_articles), click all checkboxes under the "Registration center" section and click "GO"
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by:PaulHews
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That program reports that it doesn't recognize my version of Internet Explorer... The last release date is 2006, so no surprise.
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by:Jonvee
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Wonder if there's any connection with the selection of  'Favorites'.  See this previous thread>

IE8 Hangs on "Add to Favorites"
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Internet_Email/Web_Browsers/Internet_Explorer/Q_24279461.html

Or try resetting your browser to the default settings >
http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/4084/ie8-reset-to-default-settings/

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by:orangutang
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Does it only happen when you open a new tab? Does it happen when you open a new window?
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by:PaulHews
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It can happen in either case.  

Also, if a tab hasn't "hung" I can navigate without problems.  But any new tab that hangs will be unresponsive no matter what site I try to go to.
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by:orangutang
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Also, check here:
http://www.eggheadcafe.com/conversation.aspx?messageid=34297087&threadid=32958968

It's for beta but it might work. It shouldn't hurt.
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by:orangutang
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Also, Spybot might cause the problem if you have it.
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by:PaulHews
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Registered the DLL, will wait and see if it fixes it.  Haven't installed spybot.
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by:PaulHews
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No, it's still happening
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by:Jonvee
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It would be interesting to know approximately how long it took you initially to install IE 8, including any patches, and rebooting ... i don't pretend this article has the answers, but you may find some paragraphs of interest, particularly the install time of 45 minutes!

"Internet Explorer 8 Review":
http://briancarper.net/tag/internet-explorer
You may wish to consider temporarily uninstalling IE 8 and reinstalling it.
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by:Jonvee
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Presume you have thoroughly checked for Malware & viruses?

Still investigating ...
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by:PaulHews
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I don't remember offhand how long it took... I think it was considerably less than 45 mins.

I scan for malware and viruses nightly.  Nothing.

Uninstalling and reinstalling will be next.  Will report back when done.

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by:PaulHews
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Well when I re-installed, it took 4 minutes, not counting the reboot.  I haven't managed to hang any tabs yet, but will give it a day or so to confirm.
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by:Jonvee
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Ok that's good, thanks for the quick report.
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by:PaulHews
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Sadly, the problem is still with me.  I couldn't replicate it last night, but now it's popping up regularly.  (Wonder if it has anything to do with the increased memory load since I've got a ton of programs open.)
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by:Jonvee
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It's conceivable, but i,m not sure ... feel i'm treading on new ground with this one, & it's still a bit of a mystery.   Only vaguely relevent item i could find was in a forum >
Internet Explorer 8 hangs on Start:
http://forums.techarena.in/windows-software/1144866.htm

Any difference if you click the Compatibility View toolbar button, as mentioned here? >
"Enhanced navigation":
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/features/enhanced-navigation.aspx
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by:PaulHews
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>Any difference if you click the Compatibility View toolbar button, as mentioned here? >
"Enhanced navigation":

I just changed the setting for "view all sites in compatibility mode" and some of the new tabs still hang.
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by:PaulHews
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Okay, this is odd.  I just tried starting IE in "Browse without add-ons" mode by right clicking.  Then when I click manage add-ons, there's a whole bunch there that didn't display when browsing normally.  What's that about?

Anyway, I disabled all of those, and waiting again to confirm...  :rolleyes:

If I didn't need this for work, I would have given up long ago.
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by:orangutang
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IF that works, can you narrow down the add on that caused the problem? I'm curious what caused the problem. Also, send us your AutoRuns (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx) log.
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by:PaulHews
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It didn't seem to work.  I am still experiencing the problem.  Attached AutoRuns.

I'm also wondering if it has anything to do with installing IE8 on a new installation of XP from IE 6 (which is what I did.)  
AutoRuns.txt
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by:Jonvee
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Cannot guarantee the authenticity of this information but an author here had IE 6 on his machine and wished to install IE 8.  Apparantly it was a straightforward IE 8 install to replace IE 6.   Details>>

"Installing Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP":
http://forums.techarena.in/technology-internet/1144636.htm
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by:orangutang
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Also, maybe try temporarily uninstalling Google Desktop/toolbar.
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by:PaulHews
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Google toolbar and desktop are both gone.  Will let you know soon if it helps.  For the record, if it comes down to a choice between IE8 and Google desktop, I think I'll have to go with Google... :)
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by:PaulHews
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It's happening again.  I'll leave the question open for another couple of days, then if there's no progress, I'll switch to IE7.
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by:orangutang
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Yeah, I think I give up. I did find something slightly useful here:
http://blog.httpwatch.com/2009/04/07/seven-things-you-should-known-about-ie-8/
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Well, I think I found the culprit.  The suggestion to uninstall the Google toolbar made me wonder if simply disabling add-ons in the IE settings was sufficient.  I disabled the AVG 8.5 LinkScanner component *from the AVG interface* and now I have been trouble free for a couple of days.  Thank you all for your help, I'm going to split the points between you if that's okay.
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by:orangutang
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Yeah, that's what I was guessing. Since I saw that post that said that each tab is run in a new process, I thought something might be interfering with the creation of new iexplore.exe processes so the tabs weren't working right.
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by:Jonvee
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Well, it's good that you've finally nailed it ..  i too had just about run out of ideas.  Thank you.
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by:younghv
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Just so you know - the same problem has been driving me nuts on several computers.
All had AVG 8.5 and this fix fixed it.

Thanks for doing the research and posting the solution.
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by:mccrawcorp
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Thanks to this post I solved the same problem, only I had McAfee Enterprise Virus Protection.  Uninstalled and solved problem.  Now I have to figure out how to install virus protection that works.
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