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IE8 Running Slow? Try This


Though I haven’t had any problems of my own, I know a couple of people who installed IE8 and then complained about it running very slowly, sometimes completely bogging down their systems. This type of behavior usually signals a problem with system resources, but thanks to Ed Bott over at ZDNet, there may be a simple fix. His article, “Is IE8 really fat and slow?” gives a simple command that may help (restart your computer after running the command):

regsvr32 actxprxy.dll

That re-registers the ActiveX Interface Marshaling Library, an obscure DLL that most people (even Microsoft experts) had never heard about. (Update: 27-Mar: Note that if you try this using Windows Vista, you must do this from an elevated Command Prompt window; type cmd in the Start menu Search box, right-click the Cmd.exe shortcut, and then choose Run As Administrator.)

According to Ed, when one of his colleagues did this, the results were stunning and IE8 was stable as well as performing faster.

Let me know if you’ve had any trouble and if this tweak helps.

The Geek

12 Responses

  1. PJ says:

    I tried this but it didnt help at all any other suggestions? Cheers

  2. james says:

    THANK YOU! It worked!

  3. Russell says:

    Thanks for this tip – I had updated various machines before finding the slow running issue. All have been successfully “mended”.

  4. John says:

    I tried it and it seems to have worked. My pages load quicker and more noticeably new tabs open quicker.

  5. lulu says:

    this fix is great. thanks so much

  6. Brian says:


    IE8 on Windows 7 is a dog! Thanks for the command. It was worth a try, but I guess we are all going to learn to love a new Browser. I have switched to Google Chrome and love it.

  7. Tracy says:

    nothing was working for me…until I disabled microsoft security essentials – which apparenlty came with Windows 7! I prefer another malware program and virus program anyway…then I did a msconfig service cleanup of all the crap (including stopping ms sec essentials)….everything’s been loading great.

  8. Bruce Stoner says:

    Internet Explorer 8 seems to be better than any previous version of IE. IE8 is very stable and rarely crashes or cause blue screens.

  9. Dwight Johnson says:

    If you have Spybot Search and Destroy running, IE-8 takes forever to load. You can get around this by going to the “inoculate” step of Spybot S&D and hitting “undo”. This helps a lot, but I’m not sure if the Spybot program does much good without these files being there. Would appreciate any comments on this…

  10. Goree Waugh says:

    I took your advice and ran the regsvr32 actxprxy.dll and IE 8 runs like a champ and fast!

    Thanks for the tip.

  11. Alex Long says:

    Internet Explorer 8 is very good because it is as stable as Opera. I hate the previous versions of IE like IE6 because it hangs frequently. ~

  12. IE8 seems to be very stable compared to earlier versions of internet explorer.“

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