Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer address bar flickers constantly on Windows 7

When I am browsing on IE8 on Windows 7 Ultimate my address bar flickers constantly.  When I press esc this helps for a moment but most times it doesn't stop.  When I am in Windows Explorer the same thing happens when browsing though the display settings, for example, or when I am just browsing though pictures on my hard drive.  When I am using Firefox I do not have this problem.  This is what I have attempted so far:

Reinstall video drivers
Reinstall keyboard drivers
Uninstall IE8 (re-installed after Windows Explorer still flickered on me)
Turn off Windows Aero

Some guys at work told me was IE8, but I wanted to get some other opinions before installing IE7.  Not really sure what to do at this point.  Any help would be greatly appreciated! 

Thank you.

 

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Last updated September 4, 2018 Views 4,032 Applies to:
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Hi,

Some of the troubleshooter you have already tried however please double check those when you reach them
on the check list.

Try these and it also might be a good idea to update your main Drivers later. General corruption can also play a
role in this issue. And even the TCP/IP stack might need to be refreshed.

What antivirus/antispyware/security product do you have on machine? Include any you have EVER had on this
machine including those you uninstalled (they leave remnants behind which can cause strange issues).

If no joy something maybe blocking it.

Start - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - IE with no Addons - does this work better?

IE - Tools - Internet Options - Advanced Tab - click Restore then click Reset - Apply / OK

IE - Tools - Internet Options - Security Tab -  click reset all zones to default - Apply / OK

Close and restart IE and/or IE with no addons

any better?

IE - Tools - Manage Addons (for sure disable SSV2 if it is there, this is no longer needed but Java still installs it
and it causes issues - you ever update Java go back in and disable it again.) Look for other possible problems.

Windows Defender - Tools - Software Explorer - look for issues with programs that do not look right. Permitted
are usually OK and "not permitted" are not always bad. If in doubt about a program ask about it here.

Could be a BHO - BHOremover - Free - standalone program, needs no install, download and run - not all
are bad however some can cause your issue (Toolbars are BHO's).
http://securityxploded.com/bhoremover.php

Startup Programs
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/79612-startup-programs-enable-disable.html

Also get Malwarebytes - free - use as scanner only.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

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Try these to clear corruption and repair/replace damaged/missing system files.

Run DiskCleanup - Start - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disk Cleanup

Start - type in Search box -  COMMAND   find at top of list -  RIGHT CLICK  -  RUN AS ADMIN

sfc /scannow

How to analyze the log file entries that the Microsoft Windows Resource Checker (SFC.exe) program
generates in Windows Vista cbs.log
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928228


Then run checkdisk - schedule it to run at next start and then Apply OK your way out then restart.

How to Run Check Disk at Startup in Vista
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/67612-check-disk-chkdsk.html

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Start - in search box type ->    command

at top of list find COMMAND - RIGHT CLICK on it - RUN AS ADMIN

Type the following commands (or copy and paste one at a time), each followed by pressing enter.

ipconfig /flushdns

nbtstat -R

nbtstat -RR

netsh int reset all

netsh int ip reset

netsh winsock reset

REBOOT

That resets your TCP/IP stack

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These maybe needed :

For Drivers check System Maker as fallbacks and Device Maker's which are the most current.
Control Panel - Device Manager - Display Adapter - write down the make and complete model of your
video adapter - double click - Driver's tab - write down the version info. Now click UPdate Driver (this
may not do anything as MS is far behind certifying drivers) - then Right Click - Uninstall - REBOOT
this will refresh the driver stack.

Repeat that for Network - Network Card (NIC), Wifi, Sound, Mouse and Keyboard if 3rd party with their
own software and drivers and any other major device drivers you have.

Now go to System Maker's site (Dell, HP, Toshiba as examples) (as rollback) and then Device Maker's site
(Realtek, Intel, Nvidia, ATI as examples) and get their latest versions. (Look for BIOS, Chipset and software
updates at System Maker's site while there.)

Download - SAVE - go to where you put them - Right Click - RUN AD ADMIN - REBOOT after each installation.

Repeat at Device Makers - BTW at Device Makers DO NOT RUN THEIR SCANNER - check manually by model.

Manually look at manufacturer's sites for drivers - and Device Maker's sites.
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/driverssupport/ht/driverdlmfgr.htm

How to Install a Device Driver in Vista Device Manager
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/193584-device-manager-install-driver.html

If you update drivers manually then it is a good idea to disable Driver Installations in Windows Updates,
this leaves Windows Updates ON however it will not install drivers which will usually be older and cause
issues. If Updates suggests a new driver then HIDE it (Right Click on it) and then go look for new ones
manually if you wish.

How To Disable Automatic Driver Installation In Windows Vista - Drivers
http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/how-to-disable-automatic-driver-installation-in-windows-vista/
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc730606(WS.10).aspx

Hope these help.


Rob - Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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stumpw wrote: When I am browsing on IE8 [and in Windows Explorer] on Windows 7 Ultimate my address bar flickers constantly...

Some guys at work told me was IE8, but I wanted to get some other opinions before installing IE7.

Sounds like you need a graphics driver update (or rollback).

Did you upgrade to Win7 Ultimate or is it a new computer with Win7 Ultimate preinstalled?

Note: You cannot install IE7 on a Win7 computer.       

--
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
Microsoft MVP (Windows Client) since October 2002

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