IE 9 suddenly running slow and not loading web sites

IE 9 on Windows 7 all of a sudden became very slow. Tried Microsoft Fix it, disable add-ons, reset all settings, uninstalled and re-installed IE 9, tried going back to IE8, and tried to perform a clean startup disabling both the service items and the startup items. IE9 still slow and doesn't load websites. Spent hours trying to fix this and don't want to pay $99 for Microsoft help for an internet browser when I can switch to a free one. Google Chrome and Firefox work fine so its not my internet connection. Any ideas? Thanks.

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Last updated July 6, 2018 Views 7,693 Applies to:



Thank you for the post. I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing slow performance with Internet Explorer.

I can imagine the inconvenience you have experienced. I will definitely help you with this.


1.      Does this happen with all the websites or with any specific website?

2.      Were there any changes made to the computer prior to the issue?


Please follow the methods.


Method 1:

Let’s test the issue in safe mode with networking.

Refer to the link.

Advanced startup options (including safe mode)


If it works fine in safe mode with networking perform clean boot.

Refer to the link.

How to perform a clean boot to troubleshoot a problem in Windows Vista or Windows 7

NOTE: After troubleshooting, revert the computer to start as usual (Refer to “Step 7” from the link mentioned above)


Method 2:

Run the Microsoft Fixit from the link.

NOTE: The Reset Internet Explorer Settings feature might reset security settings or privacy settings that you added to the list of Trusted Sites. The Reset Internet Explorer Settings feature might also reset parental control settings. We recommend that you note these sites before you use the Reset Internet Explorer Settings feature

Fix Internet Explorer issues to make IE fast, safe and stable


Method 3:

Follow the steps from the link

Why is my Internet connection so slow?

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