One of the programs on my PC says, once in awhile, that IE8 is using way too
much memory even when I just open it up – really. I thought that I may be
running a duplicate IE8 at the same time and more often, it says that it has
lost a connection with the site and will try to recover the tab. It sort of
flickers and doesn’t really get it back. In both cases, I can only close the IE8
with Task Manager and start over. When I shut my PC down and all my programs
are already closed, the PC has a Task Manager windows pop up two times like
there is still something running. Thus, my idea of duplicate IE8s running.
In this excerpt from
Answercast #59, I look at problems with Internet Explorer and some possible
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So I don’t have a specific solution for this problem, but I will want to
describe a couple of different things that may at least be contributing.
One is that when you look in Task Manager, it is now not uncommon to see
many copies of IE 8 running. That’s normal. That’s OK.
Internet Explorer tabs
What they’ve done with IE 8 (I think they started this with IE 8, and I know
that it’s true for IE 8 and IE 9; I don’t know about 7) is that when you open
a new tab, it actually shows up as a new process. In other words, if you
have two tabs open, there will be at least two instances of Internet Explorer
in the Task Manager.
There may be more. They actually do spawn off different things to run kind of,
sort of in the background.
So, what I’m trying to get at here of course is that even though you may
see only one Internet Explorer version 8 on your computer, it may in fact be
multiple processes running to create that one visible program. So don’t let
multiple processes concern you necessarily. Those are normal.
Now, one of the first things I always recommend when you’re running into
problems with Internet Explorer and having what sounds like fairly flaky
behavior on its part is to disable all the add-ins in IE 8.
Add-ins are one of the ways that other software (software other than from
Microsoft) can get added to Internet Explorer. They provide toolbars; they
provide various types of functionality that you may (or in many cases, may not)
One of the very first things I suggest then is to just go ahead and disable
all of the add-ins in Internet Explorer. I’ve got an article
on that that will step you through doing exactly that.
Once you’ve disabled them and things suddenly get more stable, then you’ll
know it’s one of those add-ins that’s causing the problem. You can then
re-enable them one at a time to see which one causes the problem to
Keep IE up-to-date
Along those same lines… I don’t know what operating system you’re working;
if you’re working Windows 7, I’d strongly suggest you upgrade to Internet
Explorer 9. It does include various stability fixes and so forth that are worth
If you’re running Windows XP,… well, you’re kinda stuck with IE 8. Make sure
that it’s up to date.
Virus and malware check
Make sure that your system is free of malware.
Malware definitely likes to attach itself to Internet Explorer, to your web
browser, in order to interfere with your browsing experience.
Another option that I always throw out is you don’t have to use Internet
Go out and try a browser like Firefox or Chrome. They’re both good, solid
browsers that will get you 99.99% of the same sites that Internet Explorer
would. They are typically good alternatives to have on hand when Internet
Explorer isn’t working for you for some reason.
So hopefully, some of those ideas are helpful and will get you
Next from Answercast #59 – Why don’t toolbars
installed in IE show up in Chrome?