(Quote) Ryan-900446 said: Gerard, The cause of your Internet Explorer issue is almost always related to an addon that is installed ...
(Quote) Ryan-900446 said: Gerard, The cause of your Internet Explorer issue is almost always related to an addon that is installed within your browser such as a toolbar. I would recommend uninstalling all toolbars if you have any. You mentioned that you have Babylon as a search engine in Firefox. That leads me to believe that you also have Babylon components in IE as well. Babylon is malware and you will want to remove it. That could be causing the crash. To make this as easy as possible I would manually remove all toolbars that you have installed through the control panel (Babylon, Yahoo, Google, ect) and then I would reset IE back to the default settings. Click the "Tools" button in the top right and then click "Internet Options". Click the "Advanced" tab and then click the "Reset" button down at the bottom and then restart IE and observe if the problem persists. You could also manually disable single addons by clicking the "Tools" button at the top right and then clicking "Manage addons". You will then have the ability to select individual addons to disable and then observe if you still have the problem. I would recommend downloading Malwarebytes (Free for home use) and running a quick scan and remove all that it finds.
Your Firefox issue will be resolved after you remove Babylon from your machine and change your search engine back to something normal such as Bing or Google.
Have you tried uninstalling Google Chrome yet and reinstalling it? I would recommend choosing one secondary browser such as Firefox and use it along side IE and then remove Google Chrome entirely. We have had a lot of issues with Google Chrome installations at work. I would either choose Firefox or Opera as a secondary browser and stick with it. If you really want Chrome then I would just uninstall it and reinstall it.
The speed of your computer is almost entirely dependent on what you have running in the background. This would include autostarts and third party services. You can click the start button and type in msconfig in the search box and then hit enter. Go to the "Startup" tab and uncheck anything that you are sure you do not need running on startup. Click the "Services" tab and then check "Hide all Microsoft Services". You will then see how many third party services you have running and you can uncheck the ones that are not needed. You could also use a program called Autoruns by Microsoft which is more advanced. You can do all of this at your own risk of course. The easiest way to go about doing this for the average user is probably just going into your control panel and uninstalling all applications that you don't need.
Gerald.. good advice from Ryan. I've been using Firefox for 2 years now with Google as a search engine and not a single problem. Use Mozilla Firefox dont even waste your time signing in with Windows unless you have to!! Also if you havent tried it, download AVG Virus protection from Cnet.com Avg is excellent virus protection and it's free.. it works well with Firefox.. and never had a problem with it either in 2-3 years. Good luck.