Maybe your Internet Explorer is crashing, or hanging a moment on starting up the program. Maybe you get strange errors, or are just not pulling up pages. It’s frustrating and can affect your productivity and daily routine. I’m going to do a walk through on how to fix Internet Explorer.
Causes of Internet Explorer Errors
First let us look at causes for your Internet Explorer problems. The most common cause is virus infection. Viruses can damage your Internet Explorer and the registry of your computer. Your computer’s registry is the core programming code of your Windows operating system. So any damage there will have far-reaching effects. Registry errors can be anything from corrupt or missing files to empty registry keys.
Fixing Internet Explorer
Before we begin, we want to make sure that your computer is clean of virus infection. To do this, we need to update your anti-virus program. It may need to be updated several times if you are not in the habit of updating on a regular basis. Once you have fully updated your anti-virus software, run a full scan on all of your hard drives.
Now that we know your computer is free of virus infection, we’re going to do a system restore. Basically what a system restore does is restore your registry to how it was at a previous date, before you started having the Internet Explorer problems. Any programs you installed between the date you pick and today will have to be re-installed.
For Windows Vista:
- Restart your computer pressing F8 as it boots up. You should get a black and white menu, if you go into Windows you will have to try again.
- The black and white menu should have Safe Mode listed. Use your arrow keys to select Safe Mode, then press Enter.
- Go to your Start menu
- In the search box at the bottom of the menu type in “restore”
- You will see System Restore as an option. Choose that option.
- You want to choose another restore point
- Look over the available restore points and pick a restore point before you started getting the Internet Explorer errors.
- Click Next
- Click Finish
Preventative Measures for Computer Maintenance
To prevent registry errors in the future, I suggest using a registry cleaner. Registry cleaners go into the registry and find errors, then fix them, in a matter of moments.