Although Internet Explorer is a popular browser and many people use it because it comes pre-installed with Windows. Internet Explorer does have some issues with the frequent crashes, hanging and slow startup times. But if we look at the browser with security point of view, Internet Explorer is still the king of browsers.
If we search our archives, we have already written about how to fix Internet Explorer crashes and how to get rid of script errors in Internet Explorer. But it was long ago and the information and fixes provided in those articles may not be working in the latest Internet Explorer 10. So I decided to revisit the topic and update it with respect to Internet Explorer 10.
We will provide some fixes that may work for you for troubleshooting Internet Explorer 10. These fixes should also work on previous versions of IE like IE 7, IE 8 and IE 9.
Method 1: Clearing the cached data
Internet Explorer and all other browsers cache the browsing data so that it can be accessed faster the next time. Sometimes these caches files will become corrupted and will cause problems for the browser. So we will clear the cache in IE 10 in the steps below.
- Go to Internet Explorer –> Tools –> Internet Options –> General tab.
- Under Browsing history, click on the Delete button and check everything.
- Click on the Delete button to clear all the cache.
Method 2: Disable Add-ons
Some add-ons will interfere with the operations of Internet Explorer and will hinder the performance of the browser. It is always advisable to keep the number of enabled add-ons to a bare minimum.
- Go to Internet Explorer –> Tools –> Internet Options –> Programs tab.
- Click on the Manage Add-ons button to see which add-ons are currently active in Internet Explorer.
- You may want to disable all add-ons and enable them one by one for troubleshooting purpose.
Method 3: Reset Internet Explorer Settings
Sometimes, while playing with the settings, we enable or disable a setting that would halt Internet Explorer’s default functionality. The best example in this regard are the privacy and security settings. We can reset Internet Explorer settings in this case.
- Go to Internet Explorer –> Tools –> Options –> Advanced tab
- Click on the Reset button to reset all the settings and bring Internet Explorer to its default settings.
Method 4: Using Microsoft Fixit tools
Microsoft provides with fixit tools for automatically fixing common errors in Internet Explorer. According to Microsoft:
A runtime error is a software or hardware problem that prevents Internet Explorer from working correctly. Runtime errors can be caused if a website uses html code that is not compatible with the web browser functionality.
Fixit tool for Internet Explorer runtime errors
While this can be fixed manually but Microsoft provides a quick fixit solution for common runtime errors. An example of a runtime error will be like this:
A Runtime Error has occurred.
Do you wish to Debug?
Line: line number
Error: nature of script error
The above tool also includes the fix for Visual C++ runtime errors.
If you encounter problems with Internet Explorer and the above methods do not resolve the problem for you, you may comment below and we will try to find a solution for you.