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Why Do Internet Explorer New Tabs Open So Slowly? (and How Do I Fix It?)

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Ever noticed how opening Internet Explorer can take forever on some PCs? That’s generally because your add-ons are slowing it down to a crawl—and even worse than that, they affect creating new tabs as well.

Over at the official Internet Explorer blog, they’ve put together a chart that shows the most popular add-ons sorted by the amount of slowness they add to IE’s load times, but you can check for yourself and disable the add-ons if you want to. We’ve also got a copy of the chart below.

Disable Add-Ons in IE

We’ve already covered how to manage and troubleshoot add-ons in Internet Explorer, and you should definitely check out that article for a more in-depth look at the subject, but here’s the quick and dirty method…

Head to Tools –> Manage Add-ons from the menu:

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Once you’re there, you’ll notice a column on the right called “Load time”, which will show how many seconds an add-on is adding to the loading process.

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You can select the add-ons and click the Disable button to get rid of them. You’ll probably want to make sure that you’ve changed the drop-down for “Currently loaded add-ons” to “All add-ons” instead.

50 Slowest Popular Add-ons for IE8

Looking at this chart, if you’re using the AVG Safe Search add-on, your browser is taking an extra second to load. If you’ve got multiple of these add-ons loaded, it could be even worse.

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If your browser is really hosed, you should check out our guide to completely resetting Internet Explorer to the default settings, which can fix just about any problem you might have.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/3/10

Comments (12)

  1. at0mic

    i like when i get on someones computer and they have so many toolbars all you can see is the first inch of the top of a webside.

  2. asdf-chan

    I like the exploits. Do they count as Addons?

  3. Cassandra_IE_Team

    Thanks for sharing this information about add-ons in IE8. I think your readers will find it very useful. For more information on add-ons check out these Add-on FAQs – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Internet-Explorer-add-ons-frequently-asked-questions

    And, for up-to-the minute information on the aticipated release of the IE9 beta, be sure to follow us at http://www.twitter.com/IE.

    Cheers,
    Cassandra
    IE Outreach Team

  4. Midnight

    No sense in whining about Internet Exploder as everybody in the know is aware of how slow, flawed and bug infested that lame excuse for a Browser is!
    Best solution…avoid IE at all cost and use Any other reputable Browser! Firefox is my choice!
    I haven’t used crappy IE since I last worked for Microslop, back in 04!!!

  5. David Aris-Sutton

    I service PC’s in my spare time and always when I hear complaints of slow browsers I can be immediatly sure of finding tool bars, the problem is that people never bother to read the installation docs when installing new software, agreeing to install these leeches of programs.

  6. James

    I find it digusting that various well know programs try and get you to install yahoo or google toolbars etc. I find it appalling that Google allow this, whatever happened to do no evil. If I wanted to they crummy toolbar I would go to goolge to get it.

  7. Ryan

    How do you speed it up if you have no add-ons? It’s slow right out of the box…

  8. Ben Dover

    I have absolutely NO add-ons in IE and it is still the slowest browser I’ve ever used…. Microsoft remove the browser from the OS completely and package Firefox/Chrome/Opera with Windows releases…. just give up the browser war!

  9. S Travis Miller

    Simply switch to Firefox or Chrome

  10. booblik

    I only have a LastPass add-on installed and opening new tab in IE still takes much longer than in any other browser (I have 10 add-ons in FF and 20 in Chrome, so I do have something to compare to).

  11. aziz

    simply change the browser: get the fastest borwser on plant : Chrome

  12. BigJon

    The very first graphic includes an ‘AOL Launcher Toolbar’.
    wtf?
    No one beyond a 12 year girl would have anything to do with AOL.
    for a ‘geek’ website to even have AOL listed is a bad joke.
    your status has just dropped 100points.

    boooooo

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