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Internet Explorer restarting over and over could be caused by a number of things from add-ons to hardware acceleration.

I've been having problems with my Explorer stopping and restarting almost continuously. It only started to happen within the last two weeks. It might have happened after Microsoft updates. Is there something that can be done to fix this?

In this excerpt from Answercast #80, I look at some odd problems that frequently occur in Internet Explorer that may make it seem like it is not working.

Internet Explorer restarting

So, unfortunately, it's unclear as to exactly what a "stop and restart" really means.

If it's a true crash (meaning that Internet Explorer is going away completely), then I would point you at a couple of articles:

Browser add-ons

The latter one is important because nine times out of ten, Internet Explorer crashing is not because of Internet Explorer. It's because of one or more of the add-ons that have been installed into Internet Explorer from some third party.

Fortunately, it's very easy to disable them all and see if that, in fact, that makes the problem go away.

If it does, you can start re-enabling them one at a time to see which one causes the problem to return.

IE Hardware acceleration

The other thing that's kind of interesting and unique about Internet Explorer 9 is its use of hardware acceleration.

That can sometimes make the browser appear to stop responding completely until you do something like (I don't know) cause it to repaint, or minimize and maximize, or move it around, or any number of weird things. It's really obscure when it happens.

I have an article on that that I'm going to point you to. It's called "How do I get Internet Explorer 9, IE 9, to work at all?" It really does look like IE 9 doesn't work at all when you're in that situation.

Fortunately, once again, there's a simple checkbox that you can uncheck or check (I'm not sure which) that allows you to disable IE 9's use of hardware acceleration. That can make a lot of problems with IE 9 disappear completely.

(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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Faisal Bukhari
December 22, 2012 8:33 AM

My laptop always shows me (that Internet is not responding ) when I connect to web,though my wifi is fully connected to PC.Would u suggest something to solved my problem thnx.

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