As a computer technician I have seen many odd issues with Internet Explorer 8. As a fellow hubber, I will tell you that the best recourse is to go into add/remove programs and remove the vile beast, until they complete the 'post-beta beta testing' AKA 'the forced release upon unsuspecting millions'.
Internet Explorer 7 went the same route, as it had some minor bugs after beta completed. Thankfully, they worked them all out in time and I have faith they will do the same with Internet Explorer 8. However, for the time, I recommend uninstalling (or not installing it at all) until all of the bugs are mended.
Some issues I have come across ... some pages error out, some PCs run slower when it's installed, some plug-ins fail.
I hope this helps answer your question.
do a full windows update and this will fix the problem.
If you want to stop the auto restart on your windows system and the annoying count down to restart popup, this hub will help,
disable automatic restart after windows update
It might ... or it might not ... the systems I see coming into the shop for Internet Explorer 8 issues already have all of their critical updates installed - which is how they wound up with it in the first place.
The biggest complaint seems to be the slowdown in PCs ... notebooks in particular. It took my girlfriends PC down to half speed and trust me ... she installs every update Microsoft throws at her, thoroughly convinced the big M is looking out for her. Thankfully, IE 8 has finally curbed her fervor.
I agree speed issues are a problem with the last few IE versions, At first glance they seem ok and run smooth but after an hour or so your computer sounds like its going to take off to the moon Ie takes to much resources. For this reason I use Wyzo which is the best browser Ive come across, Based on Firefox, but much much quicker. Not to good for Chinese language but for English its just the best.
What a lot of people do not realize is that Internet Explorer is part of the computer's main operating system. After one upgrades to IE 8 and then tries to "uninstall" it and reinstall or revert back to IE 7, it can drastically affect your computer's performance and cause major problems.
I still believe that IE is one of the weakest, most unstable, and unsecure browsers out there.
I like using Firefox with the NoScript add-on for more secure browsing; Flock 2.5 is a great social browser packed with tons of useful features if you are a social browsing fanatic; Google Chrome doesn't really impress me, as I really don't see much of an increase in speed in my browsing experience when using it.
Final thought: Stay away from IE. Use a different browser!
I like Google Chrome myself. Granted, I fought it at first, but it kinda grew on me to the point I can no longer live without it ...
I have that problem with MSN. Using the MSN browser it will connect to HubPages five or six times and then it will just hang and never bring up the site.
If I use the explorer browser it will bring it up fine.
I have Vista and I did the error of downloading IE8. Worked fine for 2 weeks and then I couldn't even browse anymore. I deleted the update in came through. COmputer was still sluggish, so I did a system restore back to 2 weeks before I downloaded IE8 and has been working good since.
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