How To Repair Internet Explorer

If you are an Internet Explorer user, you may at times face some problems. You should know how to repair Internet Explorer to avoid wastage of time searching for solutions for different problems on the Internet or otherwise.

The problems can be as diverse as:

  1. Internet Explorer freezes, crashes or hangs
  2. Internet Explorer does not open links
  3. Internet Explorer Troubleshooter Fix It
  4. IE cannot display webpage
  5. Internet Explorer error messages on page
  6. Download Manager is missing in Internet Explorer
  7. Internet Explorer opens and closes immediately
  8. Internet Explorer does not save History Settings

This list is not comprehensive, but indicative. This does not mean Internet Explorer is a bad browser. These things happen with other browsers too. In most cases the steps to repair Internet Explorer are same, and IE is fixed when you find out which add-on is giving problems. This also means in most cases, it is one or more add-on that creates the problem.

Find Out Problematic Add-On

Repair Internet Explorer

Most programs add their own add-ons into Internet Explorer. When you install programs such as Nero or ZoneAlarm, they install their own toolbars and attempt to change the homepage. Programs like Adobe and HP printer driver too, add their own IE helpers. To handle real-time changes in IE helpers or add-ons, I recommend using WinPatrol.

Repair Internet Explorer

To repair Internet Explorer, first of all you need to see if it is some add-on creating problem. To check out the same, run Internet Explorer without any add-ons and see the performance. If it runs fine, the problem is some add-on.

To run Internet Explorer without add-ons:

  1. Click Start Menu
  2. Click All Programs
  3. Click Accessories
  4. Click System Tools
  5. Click Internet Explorer Without add-ons

To isolate the add-on that is creating problem:

  1. Press ALT + T to open Tools menu
  2. Select Manage Add-ons
  3. When the Manage Add-ons window appears, disable all the toolbars and other add-ons
  4. Enable one add-on
  5. Click OK to close the Manage Add-on Dialog Box
  6. Test the performance of IE
  7. If it gives problem, the add-on you just enabled is the culprit.
  8. If it does not give any problem, keep on enabling and checking IE performance until you find the one giving you the problem
  9. When you find the problematic add-on, simply disable or remove it from IE.

If you enabled all add-ons one by one and the problem is still there, some setting must have been changed in the Internet Options.

This is where you will need to reset Internet Explorer.

Reset Internet Explorer

To reset the Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Open Internet Options
  3. Go to the Advanced Tab
  4. Click on the Reset Button
  5. Confirm by clicking OK
  6. After the reset, reopen Internet Explorer and see if the problem is gone.

Incidentally, you can also Reset Internet Explorer settings easily with Microsoft Fix It.

If the problem is still there, you will need to reinstall Internet Explorer. But before you do so, try using our Fix IE utility or the Internet Explorer Troubleshooter and see if it helps you.

This explains how to repair Internet Explorer for common problems. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

PS: If you are not an Internet Explorer user, you might want to check these links instead!

  1. Fix: Google Chrome Freezing or Crashing on Windows 7 computer
  2. Fix: Mozilla Firefox Freezing or Crashing on Windows computer.
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Arun Kumar is a Microsoft MVP alumnus, obsessed with technology, especially the Internet. He deals with the multimedia content needs of training and corporate houses. Follow him on Twitter @PowercutIN


  1. NoIE

    If you use a real browser (no IE), then you would not have this problem. IE and the trident engine is junk. For a better browsing experience, dump IE and use something better.

  2. The Dump IE song is old now – and no longer valid, imo. It is just a cliche which still gets repeated!

    I knew there would be some such comment – so in advance itself, we had mentioned two links at the end of this post about troubleshooting other browser issues too – which were written on request from several of our readers.

    But yes – one should always use the browser one likes, no denying that! 🙂

  3. What is the difference between starting IE 9 with “iexplore.exe -extoff” and with all the add-ons disabled? If I use iexplore.exe -extoff – then I can sign into Igoogle. So I disabled all the add-ons – ALL of themloaded, run with out permission, etc and I still have a problem with Igoogle.

  4. joseph brown

    Thanks for this post, i will try that.

  5. Tony Canton

    My internet explorer stops working and shows a problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.
    I have tried the trouble shooter, with no problems found, I tried the Fix IE utility and still keep getting the same error message.
    I have tried updating, to no avail!

  6. Fishy

    The dump IE song is not old and is still very very valid.

  7. John Giallanza

    It sucks, you’re right, but it’s the ‘standard’ by which a lot of companies write their site code for.

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