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IE7-8 keeps crashing / FF takes forever to load

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by private_di, Jan 22, 2011.

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  1. private_di

    private_di Thread Starter

    Jun 24, 2007
    This is an incredibly weird problem that began happening in conjunction with another problem which I posted under the OS forum, but as it might be related, I'll include it below. First, the IE/FF problem...this started happening about two weeks ago, IEv7 would constantly crash -- didn't happen consistently on any one page, it would crash when I went to Yahoo and clicked on 'mail', it would crash when I went to eBay and tried to do a search...so I'd launch Firefox...that would take a whole five minutes to load! So I tried updating IE to v8...problem has not gone away. I haven't installed anything these past few weeks other than the usual Windows updates. I am running Vista Home Premium with SP1 which came installed on my Toshiba Satellite. (And just now, when I went to upload the pics below, my FTP program took about five minutes to load, another odd symptom.)

    Here's the OS problem: when I hit Start > Programs > and the list of installed programs comes up, sometimes my mouse hovers over a program and gets the little 'description' window...well, that window won't go away. (This usually happens when IE has crashed and I attempt to launch FF as stated above). Here are some pics of this happening this morning (note the "Location: Acrobat.com" window):


    ...and that window stays on top of everything:


    I finally figured out to get rid of it I need to hit Start > Programs and hover over that same program, then it goes away...but why is this happening?

    Any advice would be most graciously appreciated!
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