Browsers crashing

  algernonymous 20:30 21 May 2011

I have 4 browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera & IE) and recently each one crashes shortly after opening the home page. I just get the '(browser) has encountered a problem and needs to close' box. This morning Chrome seemed to be working again but it has been erratic through the day. I have run AVG, Spyware Terminator and Spybot. OS is XP. Thanks.

  mgmcc 08:40 22 May 2011

"each one crashes shortly after opening the home page"

Is it perhaps corruption of, or malware on, the website that you're using as your homepage that's crashing the browsers? If so, try opening each of the browsers while offline from the internet and change the Homepage setting.

  algernonymous 21:44 24 May 2011

Didn't solve it, but thanks. Reading some other related threads, one said to uninstall then reinstall Shockwave, but that didn't remedy it. Another suggested it could be a sign of a failing HDD. I have noticed it seems very hot lately where the drive is (it's a laptop), so I'm considering putting in a new one (it's only an almost full 40Gb so a larger one would be welcome). What's the recommended (free?) program to clone the drive, EASEUS Todo Backup Home?

  birdface 22:12 24 May 2011

If you use the pay for version of AVG Anti-virus there was a big update for it today and I am having a few problems with it tonight.

  algernonymous 20:05 25 Jun 2011

Well I took the easy option - stopped using the XP laptop and used another one (Vista) and now (4 weeks later) the same thing happens with that one: browsers crash or freeze - except Chrome - but also when I tried to run AVG the interface wouldn't open. Eventually I removed AVG but couldn't re-install it (or Avast) but did manage to install MSE. Did a scan which came up clean but now any program I try to install won't complete. I also want to uninstall then re-install Flash but every time I run the uninstaller (having exited all running programs) and restart the machine it still reports I have flash v.10 installed. Oh, and I tried the XP laptop and it appears to be working fine again???

  birdface 20:42 25 Jun 2011

Try Command prompt and type in ipconfig /flushdns and press enter on the keyboard.It should tell you the dns cache has been flushed.If so reboot and see if it makes any difference.

Sometimes when you get to command prompt you may have to right click it and choose run as administrator.

  rdave13 22:14 25 Jun 2011


Don't know where you browse but try a rootkit online remover first.


Download and update SuperAntiSpyware

Then download and update and run MalwareBytesAntimalware.

  onthelimit1 09:23 26 Jun 2011

'What's the recommended (free?) program to clone the drive'

Most HDD manufacturers have a free version of Acronis or similar to clone and old drive to a new one. Have a look at the maker's website.

  onthelimit1 09:25 26 Jun 2011

For the Flash prob, have a look at Buteman's link on this thread link text

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