How To: Fix Internet Explorer Freeze

by venukb on September 9, 2010

Internet Explorer 7/8 has a nagging problem of freezing when its started. The tab opens up with the text “Connecting” and remains at the same state for an infinite amount of time.

The culprit seems to be the Windows Live Sign-in Helper add-on and disabling this add-on fixes this freeze issue.

To disable the add-on

  1. Start Internet Explorer with all plugins disabled. In the Windows Run, type iexplore -extoff
  2. Go to Tools –> Internet Options –> Programs –> Manage Add-Ons
  3. Within Toolbars and Extensions, search for Windows Live Sign-in Helper add-on (should be under Microsoft Corporation) 
  4. Disable the Add-on and restart the browser.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

TheAnand September 10, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I always thought internet explorer was the fastest browser in terms of starting up . . .and this tip just made it faster!

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Venu September 12, 2010 at 11:52 pm

For me chrome is faster than IE :)
Firefox stands last in the list (after opera/safari)

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Rashed January 25, 2011 at 3:08 am

Mr. Anand – you have got to be kidding me. To me Chrome is the fastest startup browser.

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Harry Hilders August 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Thanks for the good How-To

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