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Topic # 99671 24-Mar-2012 14:54 Send private message

Read, somewhere, (T/Me forum I think) that IE sometimes "crashes" when one is at some websites. Tends to be somewhat random i understand. Suggestion there was to install Chrome Browser.

My queries about any installation of that (Chrome) browser are:-

1. is that correct, in any way or in anyone's experience? I have had random IE crashes over the years but have never
    been too bothered and have never put it down to IE itself

2. can I migrate my "Favourites" (Bookmarks?) during the install of Chrome?

3. I use Outlook Express for my email. That is a component of IE - isn't it? Can I still use Outlook Express with Chrome 
    Browser? Or, do I have to change to another (email) management system/software/application? If so, can I carry
    over my Contacts?


I would be grateful for any comments or advice.

Kind regards

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  Reply # 599470 24-Mar-2012 15:01 Send private message

Yes IE crashes sometimes, but so does Chrome - it is probably the least stable browser IMHO.

Depending on your version of IE you will experience somewhere from a small to HUGE speed boost by using chrome so it is worth it for that.

You can import everything from IE to chrome when you install it.

Outlook express has nothing to do with IE and you can use that fine whatever browser you use.

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  Reply # 599471 24-Mar-2012 15:01 Send private message

Which operating system do you have installed on your machine? is it up to date with the latest windows updates? I use IE9 and IE10 and both work fine for me.

Have you updated Java and Flash on your machine? Which websites in particular?




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  Reply # 599473 24-Mar-2012 15:06 Send private message

what version of IE are you using?

have you tried running Internet Explorer (No Add-ons), its likely that a 3rd party plugin or extension is the thing crashing not IE itself



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  Reply # 599493 24-Mar-2012 16:01 Send private message

I'm using IE8.

Pretty much as expected - ie, that any browser can crash, for any reason and that may be related to the particular website or the browser itself or just gremlins in the "electronic void"!

Thanks for answers and advice.

My PC is old (circa2000) and runs XP. Everything has been kept up to date - via Windows Update.

Most recent IE crashes happened as grandkids were playing games online - Moshy Monsters, Dora
the Explorer stuff, Friv games and other stuff.

So, all in all I am just musing a bit about changing the browser. But there is no real pressing reason to do so.
The PC where IE crashes have happened is my No 2 machine. My "main" machine is 1 year old and is "not
available" for kids games/stuff.

Thanks folks - that clears up some of my wonderings.

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  Reply # 599498 24-Mar-2012 16:32 Send private message

I have used Chrome as my main browser for just over a year now and it is as solid as a rock. Everything displays property and it gets faster and faster to start after each revision.

gzt

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  Reply # 599499 24-Mar-2012 16:39 Send private message

There is no reason to change the browser - you can use several browsers on the same machine.

I use Chrome and Firefox, and IE sometimes (I always leave IE as the default browser).

Chrome prompts to migrate bookmarks during installation, but you can do it later if needed using the bookmarks > import item on the menu.

I find Chrome performance far superior overall in speed and memory use when compared with IE and Firefox. There are some Chrome features I really like: The built in PDF reader and built in Flash implementation. Having those built in delivers a lot of stability for me personally.

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  Reply # 599500 24-Mar-2012 16:39 Send private message

Gradine: I'm using IE8.

Pretty much as expected - ie, that any browser can crash, for any reason and that may be related to the particular website or the browser itself or just gremlins in the "electronic void"!

Thanks for answers and advice.

My PC is old (circa2000) and runs XP. Everything has been kept up to date - via Windows Update.

Most recent IE crashes happened as grandkids were playing games online - Moshy Monsters, Dora
the Explorer stuff, Friv games and other stuff.

So, all in all I am just musing a bit about changing the browser. But there is no real pressing reason to do so.
The PC where IE crashes have happened is my No 2 machine. My "main" machine is 1 year old and is "not
available" for kids games/stuff.

Thanks folks - that clears up some of my wonderings.


Online games usually use Flash and Java to run on your browser. Update both of them by clicking on the below link to see if this helps.

http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

http://www.java.com/en/download/index.jsp

 




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  Reply # 599509 24-Mar-2012 17:15 Send private message

1. I have no more crashes on Internet Explorer than Chrome. 

2. Yes, you can migrate Favourites from one to another.

3. I suppose you are using Windows XP then? You should really consider going Windows 7, and that would improve things a lot over Windows XP. Also you can then install Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Live Mail instead. As for using Outlook Express with Chrome, there's no problem there.
    
   




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  Reply # 599735 25-Mar-2012 13:21 Send private message

IE8 is over 3 years old and lacks support for lots of newer html/css/web features.

I would recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox over IE8, alternatively upgrade to Windows 7 so you can get IE9.

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  Reply # 599740 25-Mar-2012 13:48 Send private message

I use opera and have done for years.  Very very occasionally do I have crashes and on the websites that do crash it I have tested with ie and chrome and they also have problems.

 

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  Reply # 599747 25-Mar-2012 14:26 Send private message

Gradine: Most recent IE crashes happened as grandkids were playing games online - Moshy Monsters, Dora the Explorer stuff, Friv games and other stuff.


Most of the Internet Explorer crashes are third party add-ons, not the browser itself. Grandkids using it?

I suspect that you will find those games have installed a couple of toolbars and other add-ons.

My suggestion is that you run a full antivirus scan - if you don't have one antivirus already (you should), I suggest you install Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free. Once installed run a FULL scan. Also never ever install two antivirus on your PC at the same time or you will have problems. Make sure you uninstall any old antivirus you have there.

Also make sure you go to Control Panel | Add/Remove programs and remove any toolbar, helper you can see. Toolbars do not add any value, and most of the times are loaded with adware, spyware and other such bad stuff.

 




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  Reply # 599750 25-Mar-2012 14:38 Send private message

freitasm:
Gradine: Most recent IE crashes happened as grandkids were playing games online - Moshy Monsters, Dora the Explorer stuff, Friv games and other stuff.


Most of the Internet Explorer crashes are third party add-ons, not the browser itself. Grandkids using it?

I suspect that you will find those games have installed a couple of toolbars and other add-ons.


 

Those games are online.. well, Moshie Monsters and the Dora stuff is.. Flash games (I have 8 and 3year old daughters ;-p )

They work quite well in chrome.

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  Reply # 599765 25-Mar-2012 15:13 Send private message

Perhaps... But who is to say those are the only things played?





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  Reply # 599767 25-Mar-2012 15:16 Send private message

Good point!

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