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IE hangs often and takes several minutes for end task to close it, Needs computer reboot to clear.

About every other day IE will hang and doesn't respond to end-task for 2-5 minutes to finally close; (once in a great while it never responds and I need to power down ungracefully), but after it finally closes Re-opening IE again causes same problem and only a computer reboot seems to clear the problem, which occurs again in a several days. At the time the problem occurs Task Manager Performance Window doesn't show any unsual cpu usage.
My virus protection is ESET Smart Security 4 with default settings. ESET updates regularly. No virus or spyware are detected. Internet Explorer is version 8.0.6001.18702 with security level set at medium-high.

I'd like to know some detailed troubleshooting steps I can take to track down why the application takes several minutes (or longer) to respond to end taksk. I don't mond so much that I occassionally have to restart IE but it's very frustrating when the app doesn't respond to end task for 2-5 minutes. What the heck is the computer doing? What information can I gather when this problem occurs that will help solve the problem?
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Start/run/iexplore.exe -extoff

Doe the problems still appear?

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OK, I'll try that ...assuming it does work better do you have any suggestions where to start disabling first? Or is it pretty much unique to my machine?

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