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How to Speed up Internet Explorer?

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With so much content to browse through online, slow Internet Explorer is the last thing you want. Whether you’re browsing for fun or research, waiting for a page to load shouldn’t take long. Fortunately, there are ways to fix this annoying problem, and we’d like to share them with you.

Tricks to Make Internet Explorer Run Faster

Some of the reasons for Explorer to run slowly are easily fixable, and others are more complicated. Our detailed guide covers the most common ways of speeding up your IE for a flawless browsing experience.

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Clear Temporary Files and Cookies

To clear temporary files and cookies, do the following:

  • Launch Internet Explorer.
  • Click on the Tools icon at the top-right corner of the browser and choose Internet Options from the menu.
  • An Internet Options window will open.
  • Click the Delete button in the General tab to open the Delete Browsing History.
  • Tick the Preserve Favourites, Website Data, Temporary Internet files and website files, Cookies and website data, and History. If they’re already ticked, leave them as they are. If you’d like to clear more data, check other boxes as well.
  • Press the Delete button and wait for your computer to prompt you that the data you’ve selected is gone.
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Disable Unnecessary Add-Ons and Remove Search Providers

You can disable certain add-ons and remove unnecessary search providers by following these steps:

  • Open Internet Options.
  • Click on Programs.
  • Press on Manage Add-ons.
  • Click the button under Show and choose All add-ons from the menu.
  • Click on the unwanted add-on.
  • Press on Disable at the bottom-right corner.
  • Leave necessary add-ons (like Shockwave Flash Object) enabled.
  • Press on Search Providers from the Add-on types options on the left.
  • Remove unwanted providers by clicking Remove at the bottom-right corner.
  • Click on Close to close this window and press Okay in the Internet Options window to save the changes.

Disable Automatic Configuration

When enabled, this feature may slow down Internet Explorer right after you launch it. This is how to disable it:

  • Click on Connections in the Internet Options window and press on LAN settings.
  • Uncheck the Automatically Detect Settings box and click Okay.
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Reset All Zones to Default Level

Restoring your browser’s settings to default could speed it up. Here’s is how to do it:

  • Open the Internet Options.
  • Click on Security.
  • Check the Enable Protected Mode.
  • Press on Reset all zones to default level.

Restore All Internet Explorer Settings to Default

Before you reset all settings, think about whether you want to do that. If you do, follow these steps:

  • In the Internet Options window, click on Advanced.
  • Click on Reset to open the Reset Internet Explorer Settings window.
  • If you want, check the Delete personal settings box after reading which data will be deleted.
  • Click on Reset.

Other Ways to Speed up Internet Explorer

We have a few more suggestions about how to make Internet Explorer faster:

  • Close unnecessary tabs in your browser.
  • Increase the maximum connections per server in the Windows Registry Editor. Back up the registry before you do this, however.
  • Clean your hard drive (and defrag it if you’re not using a SSD).
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Enable JavaScript

Having a faster browser is awesome, but you’ll need JavaScript for the best time online.

JavaScript is a scripting language that helps your browser show and run audiovisual and other interactive content online. If JavaScript is disabled, you’ll experience difficulties that make browsing unpleasant. You’ll have a hard time playing videos or listening to music, for example. Learn how to enable JavaScript in Internet Explorer and other browsers at and enjoy being online.


We hope our instructions helped you learn how to speed up Internet Explorer. If your browser starts acting up in the future, you can refer to this guide to simplify your troubleshooting.