Could IE be eating my CPU alive?

I have a pretty decent laptop with decent specs (about a year old), but when I run IE it slows the computer down dramatically and hogs between 60 and 100% of the CPU/

What gives? What should I do/delete/upgrade?

[quote=“Baas Babelaas”]I have a pretty decent laptop with decent specs (about a year old), but when I run IE it slows the computer down dramatically and hogs between 60 and 100% of the CPU/

What gives? What should I do/delete/upgrade?[/quote]
Get Firefox now! like seriously IE sucks soooo much I dont’ even understand how Microsoft can continue making that crappy browser. It always slows down my PC and does god knows what else to my machine. I never use it anymore ever! Seriously, though Firefox is a brilliant browser with far less issues than IE and hardly ever any issues at all really. oh and its Free!

Only use for IE, is to Download Chrome, (or Firefox). Chrome is super fast, and has some nifty features like automatically translating web pages into English. The layout might take a day or two to get used to. Its also been the most stable browser for me, Firefox was crashing for me quite a bit about a year back.

or even Opera over IE.

Righto, switched over to Chrome, and it IS faster, but the CPU is still running at near-100%. What to check for next - I ran AVG last night, a slow, full PC scan, and it got rid of a trojan and some tracking cookies. I defragged last week. I ran CCleaner a couple days ago.

So, I’m shit out of ideas… Any fresh ones for me?

[quote=“Baas Babelaas”]Righto, switched over to Chrome, and it IS faster, but the CPU is still running at near-100%. What to check for next - I ran AVG last night, a slow, full PC scan, and it got rid of a trojan and some tracking cookies. I defragged last week. I ran CCleaner a couple days ago.

So, I’m shit out of ideas… Any fresh ones for me?[/quote]

stop the porn? jk

btw, I’m not sure what a CPU running at 100% means necessarily, but here’s what I’m doing and it seems to be ok:-

I’m using Avira instead of AVG. it “seems” to work better for me, and “seems” like using less resources to do the job. they have a free version. and it “looked” as if it caught some viruses AVG missed (from the fact that I was running AVG previously).

Also, I downloaded Tuneup Utilities which got rid of a lot of crap over the years in my registry. That sped up a whole bunch of things, startup, etc. You might want to clean the registry as there might be a lot of “broken links” so to speak. They let you download a free trial version which does a good job for that initial clean-up.

also, dunno which computer you got, but if there’s bloatware, maybe get rid of those you don’t need.

For cookies, I use Lavasoft’s Ad-aware once in awhile, but I’m pretty careful with the cookies setting ie requiring a pop-up and manual choice (which can be annoying I suppose).

and zone-alarm to monitor what goes through the net (just throwing that out there).

Have you tried looking at whats eating up your CPU usage? CTL + ALT + Delete, brings up with windows task manager, click on processes and see which one is accounting for the problem. Then uninstall the program and reinstall or something along those lines, such as disabling it from startup (run msconfig). Can also have a look at what is being automatically started up from the system configuration window (from main menu select “run” then type msconfig)

I’ll have a look at Avira - no harm in trying.

I use CCleaner, which cleans out all the crap, and checks the registry.

I have gone to Task Manager, and in Processes there isn’t anything significant that is using up the CPU(s).

I’ll keep on trying though. Thanks…

I got rid of Microsoft and am running Ubuntu. Not using any antivirus software and I update things manually, so my CPU is never hijacked. Using Chrome and, when needed, Firefox (some video or audio formats don’t play with Chrome). Very happy with it all. :smiley:

I’ve heard very good things about Ubuntu. I might give it a go in the near future…

You can put Ubuntu on a flash drive and boot from that. It’s a good way to get familiar with the operating system (and check its compatibility with your comp and other devices) before you decide to wipe Microsoft off your hard-drive for good, or not.

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/
Try it and see if you can get it working ok.

My internet USB thingy works without problems (after Ubuntu’s installation, I set up the internet connection in less than 2 minutes. Now I just stick it in and it connects automatically). Everything seems to run much faster than with Microsoft, including booting and shutting down. There are many different distributions (like Lubuntu, which is a light Ubuntu designed for netbooks) but Ubuntu is the most user friendly and comes with lots of drivers pre-installed. It’s pretty snappy on the two year old laptop I use.

I personally use Lubuntu, which is a lightweight variation of Ubuntu. Very fast.

BUT, the problem at hand, CPU usage. Mostly likely it’s being caused by Adobe Flash. It’s even a problem on Ubuntu at times. I’m working on an old laptop that is probably somewhat clogged with dust and dirt (I should take this machine apart and clean it, but that’s not easy). Anyway, my solution for now was to uninstall Flash, which drops temperatures about 20 degrees Celsius on my machine. I am also running a power management utility called Powernowd (I suggest you do the same if you install Ubuntu) which reduces CPU speed when it’s not needed.

Baas Babelaas posts from inside the Bamboo Curtain, so it may well be that his compooter is full to the gills with CCP spyware and snoopbots, stuff that antivirus software may not delete.

But IE is a CPU hungry pig anyway. Go with Chrome, my man.

I’ve moved over to Chrome, and deleted some software I wasn’t using (that was also slowing it down at start-up).

Seems much better now. Will keep on trying to improve it though. Not sure if the CCP have managed to infiltrate my PC - if they had they’d prolly have come a-knocking at my door long ago, considering some of the lovely things I say about their regime.

I’ll post some screen pics of some software I’m wondering if I can delete, but not 100% sure if safe to do so…

have you tried adding Search and Destroy?

I can’t stand IE. I only use it if there is no other choice, ie. someone else’s computer or a public computer with just IE.

I’m still firmly with Firefox. I don’t mind Chrome, but Firefox still is preferred.

My FF was crashing, I guess that’s why I stood by IE.

But since I’ve been using Chrome I’m a way happier man.

I keep IE because some websites need it to open,but buggers to that. I’m done with IE.