Problems With Internet Explorer

By Kefa Olang

Internet Explorer is a Web browser that allows you to navigate the Internet easily. It frequently suffers errors as a result of a number of factors and malicious tools that arise by the minute. While these problems may vary depending on the cause, there are ways to prevent them from recurring and to keep your Web browser running at optimal levels.

Significance

Internet Explorer is a widely used browser that allows you to browse the Internet as well as download and install applications. For you to effectively have a pleasant browsing experience, you need to troubleshoot and solve scripting and display errors, and remove malicious files that hinder browser speeds and attempt to prey on personal information. Many websites now use high-resolution flash and videos which do not display correctly if there are browser errors and problems. Downloading files using Internet Explorer can also be compromised if browser problems are not rectified.

Causes

Internet Explorer problems are caused by improper configurations, and some add-ons. Depending on the computer, you can run into errors when downloading programs or watching online videos, or from corrupt ActiveX programs that are designed to alert you of downloads. Internet Explorer errors can be caused by a number of factors such as invalid certificates; disabled Javascripting, which prevents programs from communicating with Internet Explorer; and excessive browser cache that has not been deleted in a long time.

Prevention/Solution

Disable add-ons if Internet Explorer is crashing. One of the installed add-ons may be corrupt and likely causing download or display errors. Run the malicious software removal tool (see Resources below) if Internet Explorer is running slowly. There is a possibility that it has been infested with adware programs that reconfigure homepage and browser settings. Empty Internet Explorer history and browser cache (see Resources below). This process removes unnecessary Internet files and tracking cookies that cause problems or attempt to steal personal information.

Warning

Do not download programs, music and videos from websites that look malicious, such as Warez. Most downloads from these websites are secretly packed with Trojan viruses that can have adverse effects on your computer system. Avoid downloading files attached in questionable emails. Most of these attachments are worm parasites that damage your registry and cause Internet Explorer problems. Always perform weekly spyware checks. Spyware is the most common threat on the Internet and will cause Internet Explorer errors if they are not deleted. If you do not have a Spyware removal program, checkout AVG Antivirus with Antispyware (see resources below).

Misconceptions

There is a common misconception that Internet Explorer is unsafe. Where you go online and what you do is what makes it unsafe. One of the common misconceptions about Internet Explorer errors is that they are harmless. The truth is that registry errors and problems, if not fixed, can leave your computer and personal information vulnerable to attacks. Not all Internet Explorer problems are caused by viruses. You could run an Antivirus program, delete malicious programs and still have a poorly functioning Web browser.