The other day I visited a friend of mine that bought a new netbook.
After installing windows XP SP3 and IE8 his browser performance dropped, websites were loaded slowly and it took the IE ages to load.
At first, he thought it was a malware of some kind so he installed an antivirus and scanned the computer but the scan showed nothing.
After a little more research he said to me “I think I know who is the virus – the IE itself…” and guess what, he was right.
IE8 comes with a lot of add-ons that suppose to make your social life easier. I for one would never understand what is the use of those addons and don’t know anyone that use them…
Apparently those add-ons slow down the performance of the browser and as a result, it takes ages to make it launch or load websites.
As I see it if you want a better browsing experience you have two options:
1. Disable those add-ons.
2. Use another browser.
Personally, I’m a big fan of Google Chrome and use it as my default browser but because I’m a web developer who develops using .Net and Visual Studio technologies I can’t just get rid of the IE.
The only choice I had left is to disable those add-ons and that exactly what I did.
Here is how you do it:
1. Go to Tools -> Manage add-ons
2. On the left side of the window that was opened choose “all add-ons”
3. Disable irrelevant add-ons by choosing them and press the disable button at the right bottom side of the window.
Now I don’t need to be afraid that my PC will freeze every time I click on a link in an email message.
Hope this helps you too!