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Araxx Darkroot
02-08-2004, 05:44 PM
When my browser opens I have a custom made links page that has all the sites I generally visit when I come online. All these links open in new windows, and I've never had any kind of problem. Lately, in the last week or so, each time I click on a link, the computer "pauses" for about 5 to 10 seconds (when before it didn't) and then opens the new page and accesses the site. This is starting to get on my nerves, and I don't know what it can be. I've fixed IE, deleted all its Temporary Internet Files, deleted all its cookies, run a scandisk (which restarted over 20 times until I got sick of it and removed all the running in the background programs) and all I'm missing is a defrag.
Anyone else had something like this happen and know how to fix it or have any idea about what weather it'll be tomorrow?

Any help would be really really appreciated. Really :)

02-08-2004, 05:53 PM
IE cure all:
Right click on your IE icon on the Desktop--Select 'Delete'. You'll get a confirmation box asking if you're sure. Select 'Yes'.

Left click on :

Download it to your desktop and extract the archive. Open the folder and Dble click on MozillaFirebird. It's up and running.

02-08-2004, 06:00 PM
Maybe it isn't IE but DNS? Could your DNS server be overloaded so when you open a new link it takes awhile to resolve the address?

My other suggestion was to defrag. My sisters computer was a mess at 100% fragmentation and it was incredibly slow doing anything. The other thing that seemed to slow it was she had a ****e load spyware. If you've got something that is sending info about everything you do to another computer and waiting for an acknowledgement, that might explain it.

02-08-2004, 07:36 PM
I'd suggest switching to Firebird as well. I absoballylutely love it for browsing message boards. The tabbed browsing alone is enough to warrant switching to Firebird. It's beautiful when I can click five or six threads with my mouse scroll wheel, read the first thread while the other threads load in the background. All without any new windows taking up space in your taskbar.

Iilane SalAlur
02-08-2004, 09:46 PM
Aye I have to agree Firebird is good. I suggest installing the Mouse Gestures Extension ( to Firebird. I absolutely love being able to switch tabs, go back and forward with just a quick click and drag across the browser window.

02-08-2004, 11:20 PM
That mouse gestures thing reminds me of Black & White. I always had a pain getting those to work since I turn the mouse a little to the side (like 15 degrees) when I use it and it makes it awkward to use them unfortunately.

Ok, since we're talking about Firebird: A while back, I loaded up Firebird and all my bookmarks had mysteriously become deleted. I assumed it was just a bug and imported the bookmarks that I had backed-up, but now no matter what I do, I can't get any bookmarks back in the Bookmark Toolbar. I've tried marking several folders to the Personal Bookmark Toolbar, but it never works. The only thing I can figure is that I need to completely delete Firebird from my system and reinstall, but I'm hesitant to do that since I have a ton of cookies that I set to be blocked and it'd be a pain to have to do that again. Any suggestions?

02-09-2004, 12:56 AM
See if you can save those cookies and reload them later.

02-09-2004, 12:59 AM
Firebird smells. IE has bugs and security holes, but at least I can make and move custom toolbars and the menus work properly on my secondary monitor!

That delay sounds like it might be a DNS lookup delay, but it could be any number of things. Double check your DNS settings and gateway and such, course all that depends on your network setup and connection to the internet so..

02-09-2004, 06:41 AM
IE cure all:
Right click on your IE icon on the Desktop--Select 'Delete'. You'll get a confirmation box asking if you're sure. Select 'Yes'.

Hehe, I did this once back under Windows 95. I got the following message:

"The Internet is too big to fit in your Recycle Bin. Are you sure you wish to delete The Internet?"

I pushed YES! I hab da powah!


Araxx Darkroot
02-09-2004, 06:47 AM
No, it isn't a DNS delay. The new window that should open immediately after clicking on a link doesn't, it takes the 5 to 10 seconds I mentioned. Even IE has had some trouble opening as fast as it used to while all my other programs have no problem at all. I've tried it without connecting to the internet and with local files (on my HD) and it does the same.
I've also had a strange IE window open with a Could not find... message in it which makes me think it could be spyware, so I'll try that tonight.

02-09-2004, 07:59 AM
Have programs in background taking up a lot of ram, or does your comp only have a limited amount of it?

02-09-2004, 12:58 PM
Also a Firebird Fanboi, but some ideas for the IE problem...

Run Adaware ( to check for any spyware/adware interfering with your browser
Empty temporary file cache/history/etc
Download all the Windows Update files (ISTR one of them cured a delay when clicking on links related to the 'click' sound IE makes)
Kill any unncessary programs and background processes
Defrag your drive