IE6 on Win XP hangs for 20 seconds after each page


Tom Entler

I have IE6 on a Windows XP system. I've had this system
working fine for 18 months. The past few days I cannot
get IE6 to stop "hanging" after every page is displayed.

"Hang" means I cannot click on any object and get a
response within the IE window. I wait for 20 seconds
then all is working fine.

Even when I am "Working Offline" and just looking at my
own C: files, IE6 will hang 20 seconds after displaying
the page.

I have tried the following:
- Stopped all firewall and popup blocking software
- Disabled my modem in the system (I am using a cable
- Used Window Updater to update all Windows OS updates
including installed Windows XP SP1 and IE SP1

Anyone have any other ideas????

Frank Saunders, MS-MVP

First eliminate any scumware.
Dealing with Unwanted Spyware, Parasites, Toolbars and Search Engines

Note that AdAware and SpyBot S & D will each catch some things the other
won't. Also, each needs to be updated before every use, even when just
downloaded. There's also a lot more to do than just those two programs.
CWShredder is also available here:
**Post your HijackThis log to or the Spyware forum at for expert analysis, not here.**
Alternative download pages for Ad-Aware, Spybot, HijackThis and CWShredder
may be found on this page:
If trying everything at that site does not fix the problem please post back
in the same thread.

Frank Saunders, MS-MVP, IE/OE
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Protect your PC


This issue has been reported many times over the past few
days and nobody has found a solution. I've done all
that's been suggested below and still have the problems.
Other folks have also reported doing the same steps and
more and the problem still exists. Not sure whatelse to



I have installed Spykiller, my Norton AV is up to date, I
used Hijack this and cwshreder and IE continues to hang
for 25 -30 seconds at each page. MS might want to take a
hard look at this problem. Any suggestions?


Even though I have no answer for you, I wanted you to know
I am experiencing the *exact* same situation, which also
just started happening 5 days ago.

I've been forced to use other browswers, because I am way
too impatient for what is happening with IE. But I
continue to look for a solution, because IE is my browser
of choice.

If I find anything that works, I'll post back here.

Sandi - Microsoft MVP

MS are and have been taking a hard look at this problem, but it is
impossible even for dedicated any spyware specialists to keep up with the
latest tricks; the freezing is simply a side effect.

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Do NOT send me an email. I will NOT see it (thank the spammers and viruses)
Sandi - Microsoft MVP since 1999 (IE/OE)

Sandi - Microsoft MVP

Get yourself a copy of BHODemon, available at .

It does not need installing - simply unzip and run the EXE programme. It is
very easy to use. It will often find the following hijackware DLL files,
and give you the ability to disable them easily.

Many people like AdAware, available at Make sure you keep
the signature files up to date and remember, AdAware only removes the
current install; it can't do anything about software that reinstalls itself
(unless you want to get stuck in an endless loop of
hijack/cleanout/hijack/cleanout). Sometimes you will have to track down and
remove the software that keeps putting the hijackware back - hence this
advice section. Warning: AdAware is now version 6.181. All previous
versions are NO LONGER SUPPORTED and will not be updated.

The more experienced user can try Spybot. Again, it is a free programme
which can be downloaded from: Warning: it is NOT
a good programme for the inexperienced. If you want to use this programme,
please get the advice of those more experienced before 'fixing' anything
that it finds.

Go to the link below to check your system for parasites (supplied by

Another excellent programme that allows you to examine your system and
*create a results log for experts to examine* is HijackThis, available from:

Download and run the latest version of "Cool Web Shredder"

Here is advice specific to:

home page hijackings

pop-up ads

search engine hijackings

IMPORTANT: The above programmes are excellent, and a lot of credit goes to
those who authored and update the programmes, but they can NOT detect
everything that is out there - as time goes on the programmes will become
more and more unwieldy if they try to maintain a standard of positive
identification for as much spyware as possible, and it will be harder and
harder for the programmes to catch everything that is out there. More and
more spyware uses RANDOM names as part of their programme making it
impossible for positive identification to occur, therefore....

It is VERY IMPORTANT that you learn how to examine your system for potential
problems as well as using 'fixit' programme such as AdAware or Spybot.

Check your startup folder and MSCONFIG (startup tab). You can also check
the following registry keys and edit as appropriate (if you have experience
with same).





The following link will lead you to some Microsoft KB articles about the
basics of the Registry and working with it:

An experienced computer technician can use programme such as AutoStart
Viewer for in-depth diagnosis:

Empty your IE cache and your other temporary file folders, eg:
c:\windows\temp (if using Windows 98) or C:\Documents and
Settings\<name>\Local Settings\Temp (the path to your temp folder will
change depending on your name) - sometimes programmes can be hidden in
there - watch out for mysterious *.exe files or *.dll files in those

Go to IE Tools, Internet Options, Temporary Internet Files {Settings
Button}, View Objects, Downloaded Programme Files. Check for unusual objects

Go to IE Tools, Internet Options, Accessibility. Make sure there is no
style sheet chosen (under User Style Sheet - format documents using my style
sheet). If the option is turned on, turn it OFF.

It is possible to turn off third party extensions (Enable third-party
browser extensions (requires restart) at IE tools, internet options,
advanced) to disable *all* plug-ins but troubleshooting will be difficult
and it is only a BANDAID. Nothing gets fixed. There is software that
depends on 'third party browser extensions" to work, including Acrobat,
Microsoft Money, and many other programmes.

Hyperlinks are used to ensure advice remains current
Do NOT send me an email. I will NOT see it (thank the spammers and viruses)
Sandi - Microsoft MVP since 1999 (IE/OE)


Hijack This solved my problem, Sandy. Thanks so much. I
can return to my "home" browser!

Sandi - Microsoft MVP


Hyperlinks are used to ensure advice remains current
Do NOT send me an email. I will NOT see it (thank the spammers and viruses)
Sandi - Microsoft MVP since 1999 (IE/OE)

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