One of my forum readers in my Windows XP /2000/etc forum ( I shut down those forums several years ago) wrote about a problem he was having.
IE6 SP1 browser..links take long time to download
My computer contains: Athlon 3200gb, 1 gig Ram, I have WinXP SP2 Home, and IE 6 SP1. When I click on a link in my OE e-mail, I am immediately taken to the web-site. When on a web-site, and I click on a link within the site, it takes "forever" to download the page….I watch the green progress bar, not much happens. It says "done", but I still have to wait a long time for the page to download. I click the F5 key to refresh and still it takes a long time for the page to download.
I’ve checked for malware (AdAware, SpyBot, MS anti spyware, CCleaner….none), I ran a system scan for viruses (AVG and then TrendMicro Housecall….no viruses), I cleaned out cache, Temp files and cookies. Nothing helps.
I also ran Start/Run/ sfc /scannow with my original Win XP CD and this didn’t help. I also ran IE Fix…didn’t help. This problem occurs on e-mails with Links from e.g. PCMag.com; Lockergnome.com; AllExperts.com, etc.
What suggestions can U offer?? I would hate to format/reinstall.
After an initial response, where I thought he was still on XP SP1, Irving wrote back:
I have all of the required updates (which is done automatically). I also tried Firefox and Opera browsers…..same slow download times.
Since Irving was serious about solving this problem, I did a little brainstorming and provided him a few things to try:
1) delete your temporary Internet files (IE) and cache (Firefox). Set the temporary internet files and cache to something reasonable — 4-5 MB if cable or DSL, or 20 MB if dialup. By default, Windows uses 10% of your hard drive.
2) dump your System Restore points (turn off System Restore, which will dump them, then turn it back on). THEN, run your antispyware and registry checkers. Download and try CounterSpy (30-day free trial)
3) Check your Hosts file (C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts — delete anything other than
and other than anything for your local network that YOU have set up
4) IE — go into Internet Options and reset to one of the "default" settings
5) Are you using an Internet Proxy service? Intentionally or unintentionally — your ISP may be using a proxy that’s slow rather than just using a cache. Try turning off the proxy.
7) Back to #3 — if you’re using ad-blocking, it often works by redirecting the requests to 127.0.0.1/localhost — which means the browser keeps waiting for the data to come in, until it finally fails.
Irving wrote back to tell me what he found on each of the 7 items and what he changed. Then, he wrote back to say:
I think that U have solved my problem. I’ll give U the "rest-of-the-day-off". I tried several sites and the download was almost "immediate".
Let’s hold off until I go thru some more sites.
Thank U….Thank U….Thank U.
I want U 2 know that others have tried to help me…to no avail
Have a great week and will keep U posted.
He wrote me an email later in the week — with another "thank youv and a tip. Here it is:
I’m the guy U had helped with "long download times with IE6 SP1", and I believe I did thank U. In case I didn’t….. a heartfelt thanks. I had contacted many forums and help sites. Many suggestions and solutions……none worked. YOURS DID!!!
I was reviewing your link in your newsletter re: Keeping the Correct Time on Your Computer
Here is a little know fact in Windows XP: Right click on clock in System Tray, in context menu, select "adjust date/time"
in Date and Time Properties window, click on Internet Time Tab. Make sure that a check mark is next to: automatically synchronize with Internet Time Server. Then click the button: Update Now
Hope U find this useful and perhaps alert your readers……I am a recent subscriber.
(my web-site: http://www.irvings-info-page.cityslide.com) why not visit??
Thanks, Irv. I hadn’t noticed that option before. Now that I try it, I see that there are new options on the right-click menu when I right-click on the time in the Status Bar.