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I don't have a specific solution for this memory problem, but I will describe a couple of different things that may be contributing.
One of the programs on my PC says, once in awhile, that IE8 is using way too much memory even when I just open it up - really. I thought that I may be running a duplicate IE8 at the same time and more often, it says that it has lost a connection with the site and will try to recover the tab. It sort of flickers and doesn't really get it back. In both cases, I can only close the IE8 with Task Manager and start over. When I shut my PC down and all my programs are already closed, the PC has a Task Manager windows pop up two times like there is still something running. Thus, my idea of duplicate IE8s running.
In this excerpt from Answercast #59, I look at problems with Internet Explorer and some possible alternatives.
So I don't have a specific solution for this problem, but I will want to describe a couple of different things that may at least be contributing.
One is that when you look in Task Manager, it is now not uncommon to see many copies of IE 8 running. That's normal. That's OK.
What they've done with IE 8 (I think they started this with IE 8, and I know that it's true for IE 8 and IE 9; I don't know about 7) is that when you open a new tab, it actually shows up as a new process. In other words, if you have two tabs open, there will be at least two instances of Internet Explorer in the Task Manager.
There may be more. They actually do spawn off different things to run kind of, sort of in the background.
So, what I'm trying to get at here of course is that even though you may see only one Internet Explorer version 8 on your computer, it may in fact be multiple processes running to create that one visible program. So don't let multiple processes concern you necessarily. Those are normal.
Now, one of the first things I always recommend when you're running into problems with Internet Explorer and having what sounds like fairly flaky behavior on its part is to disable all the add-ins in IE 8.
Add-ins are one of the ways that other software (software other than from Microsoft) can get added to Internet Explorer. They provide toolbars; they provide various types of functionality that you may (or in many cases, may not) even need.
One of the very first things I suggest then is to just go ahead and disable all of the add-ins in Internet Explorer. I've got an article on that that will step you through doing exactly that.
Once you've disabled them and things suddenly get more stable, then you'll know it's one of those add-ins that's causing the problem. You can then re-enable them one at a time to see which one causes the problem to reappear.
Along those same lines... I don't know what operating system you're working; if you're working Windows 7, I'd strongly suggest you upgrade to Internet Explorer 9. It does include various stability fixes and so forth that are worth getting.
If you're running Windows XP,... well, you're kinda stuck with IE 8. Make sure that it's up to date.
Make sure that your system is free of malware.
Malware definitely likes to attach itself to Internet Explorer, to your web browser, in order to interfere with your browsing experience.
Another option that I always throw out is you don't have to use Internet Explorer.
Go out and try a browser like Firefox or Chrome. They're both good, solid browsers that will get you 99.99% of the same sites that Internet Explorer would. They are typically good alternatives to have on hand when Internet Explorer isn't working for you for some reason.
So hopefully, some of those ideas are helpful and will get you
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