I am running Windows 7 Professional and normally use Opera as my Browser. However occasionally I need IE to access certain web sites. I had been running IE9 but immediately after starting it stops responding (with that message). I took out IE9 via Control panel Update section and then activated IE8 through the same section of Control Panel. I am getting the same result: IE starts but before anything is shown on the page, I get the 'not responding' message. Despite starting and re-starting I get the same message every time. My firewall is not blocking this in any way - I am at my wits end trying to think what the cause is. Any help at all will be appreciated.
Firstly, before anyone can offer any definite fixes, do you get the same problem when you test using Internet Explorer (No Add-ons)?
Don't worry if you don't know where to find it, just click the Start button and immediately start typing its name and it'll appear in the list at the top.
Let us know how you get on.
Thanks to all of you: Nortumbria 61 - this was the method I used to get back to IE8 secret-Squirrel: I tried this but unfortunately the same result Jock1e - also gave this a try but still no satisfactory result
To say I am completely at a loss is an understatement!
"secret-Squirrel: I tried this but unfortunately the same result"
OK, so that shows us that the problem's not being caused by a faulty IE toolbar or other add-on.
If you're still keen to investigate then here are a couple more tips:
1) When IE stops responding, an event should be logged in Win 7's Event Viewer and that may give us some clues as to why it happened. Have a look at the relevant log entry in the Windows Logs -> Applications section and copy 'n' paste the details here. It may help if you generate an IE crash first so the relevant event will be at the top of the list. If you need step-by-step instructions then just ask.
2) Boot the PC into "Safe Mode with Networking". If IE behaves itself then there's nothing wrong with Windows's system files and we can blame a third-party program that's set to autostart when Windows is running in Normal mode.
Hi Secret Squirrel - here's the event log copy from the last time I tried to get it running (a few minutes ago) is there anything in this that points to the problem/solution? The program iexplore.exe version 8.0.7601.17514 stopped interacting with Windows and was closed. To see if more information about the problem is available, check the problem history in the Action Center control panel. Process ID: 1668 Start Time: 01cdcffc3b85ecee Termination Time: 508 Application Path: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe Report Id: fc18e634-3bef-11e2-bbc6-bcaec5662340 I am waiting for a reliability report but is is taking ages to generate it! Here it is: Description A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows. Faulting Application Path: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
Problem signature Problem Event Name: AppHangXProcB1 Application Name: iexplore.exe Application Version: 8.0.7601.17514 Application Timestamp: 4ce79912 Hang Signature: 4eb7 Hang Type: 32 Waiting on Application Name: iexplore.exe Waiting on Application Version: 8.0.7601.17514 OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.48 Locale ID: 2057 Additional Hang Signature 1: 4eb75d2a92e2979989847a082a0020ad Additional Hang Signature 2: 5e56 Additional Hang Signature 3: 5e561a7230e7532f0fb4a77775ac5dd2 Additional Hang Signature 4: 4eb7 Additional Hang Signature 5: 4eb75d2a92e2979989847a082a0020ad Additional Hang Signature 6: 5e56 Additional Hang Signature 7: 5e561a7230e7532f0fb4a77775ac5dd2
Extra information about the problem Bucket ID: 1621021031
Thanks TN but that event doesn't really tell us much.
Have another look in Windows Logs -> Applications then look in its "Source" column for an event called "Application Error" that mentions iexplore.exe as the faulting application name. Here's an example:
**Log Name: Application Source: Application Error Date: 06/08/2011 10:41:52 Event ID: 1000 Task Category: (100) Level: Error Keywords: Classic User: N/A Computer: Toshiba Description: Faulting application name: iexplore.exe, version: 9.0.8112.16421, time stamp: 0x4d76255d Faulting module name: ntdll.dll, version: 6.1.7601.17514, time stamp: 0x4ce7ba58 Exception code: 0xc0000374 Fault offset: 0x000ce653 Faulting process id: 0x13d4 Faulting application start time: 0x01cc534785223563 Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe Faulting module path: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\ntdll.dll**
Frequently, the "Faulting Module Name" can reveal exactly what caused the problem.
How did you get on with testing IE in "Safe Mode with Networking"? Click the link if you don't know how.
Apologies in advance to Jock1e for undermining his advice, but your problem, that's specific to the IE browser, can't be caused by hardware device drivers.
Hi Secret-squirrel: Is this the info that you mentioned - you won't believe this but my head is spinning and as I'mm not 100% techically minded I keep going round in circles. I am now going to try Safe Mode with Networking - at least I know this one! Thanks again for your time and for everyone else who is trying to help
Log Name: Application Source: Application Hang Date: 01/12/2012 19:48:01 Event ID: 1002 Task Category: (101) Level: Error Keywords: Classic User: N/A Computer: Norman-PC Description: The program iexplore.exe version 8.0.7601.17514 stopped interacting with Windows and was closed. To see if more information about the problem is available, check the problem history in the Action Center control panel. Process ID: 1668 Start Time: 01cdcffc3b85ecee Termination Time: 508 Application Path: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe Report Id: fc18e634-3bef-11e2-bbc6-bcaec5662340
1002 2 101 0x80000000000000 2853014 Application Norman-PC iexplore.exe 8.0.7601.17514 1668 01cdcffc3b85ecee 508 C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe fc18e634-3bef-11e2-bbc6-bcaec5662340 430072006F00730073002D00700072006F00630065007300730000000000
J tried Safe Mode with almost the same result - the programme hangs immediately on opening and nothing shows apart from the toolbars - however this time there 'not responding' didn't appear but as I left it for over 15 minutes it definitely did NOT respond!
Thanks for the latest test results. Sadly, again, the Event Viewer entry doesn't really tell us anything other than Internet Explorer stopped responding - which of course we know already. I was hoping for an "Application Error" event but I guess you don't have any so don't worry.
The fact that IE still misbehaves in Safe Mode is significant and it means that something's fundamentally wrong with the operating system files. For problems like that, rdave's suggestion (reply #5) of running SFC should be your next course of action.
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