Internet Explorer 8 provides many improvements compared to its predecessor. For example, Microsoft has improved memory management, networking functions, and various improvements to the rendering engine that IE uses to show web pages. There are still times, however, where it would be nice to get even more of a speed increase. There are several ways to speed up Internet Explorer 8 but some of them are advanced, so let’s continue by listing the simplest ways to do so:
1. Delete Temporary Files — Temporary Internet files can cause your web browser to chug along a bit slower once they begin to build up over time. It’s usually a good idea to clear them out on a regular basis. This can be accomplished by going into Tools->Internet Options and then clicking ‘Delete’ under the browsing history section. A new window will open where you will have the option to remove temporary internet files, cookies, form data, passwords, history, and favorites.
2. Remove Unnecessary Toolbars — Having one or more toolbars installed can show a significant decrease in the performance of Internet Explorer 8. If you have several toolbars, you could consider removing the ones that you don’t use. In order to do so, you can usually uninstall them from the Control Panel. If you have Windows XP, you will want to look for Add or Remove Programs. If you are on Windows Vista or Windows 7, you will want to look for Programs and Features. The toolbar should be listed, and you can simply uninstall it from there.
3. Consider Disabling the Smart Screen Filter — This filter checks to see if a website has been reported to Microsoft as being a phishing website. Phishing websites attempt to get personal information from unsuspecting visitors by appearing to be a legitimate website. If you use your credit card or other sensitive information online, then removing this feature could pose a risk. But, if you are just a casual browser, then disabling this could help increase the speed of IE. To turn it off, you need to click on the Safety button on the top right side of Internet Explorer followed by clicking the ‘Smartscreen Filter’ option, then click on ‘Turn Off Smartscreen Filter’.
4. Turn Off Suggested Sites — Not many people use this feature, and it can cause performance issues with Internet Explorer 8. To turn it off, you need to click Tools followed by clicking on ‘Suggested Sites’ to remove the check mark in order to disable the function entirely.
5. Remove Add-ons And Accelerators — Several programs can force their add-ons to be added to Internet Explorer without your knowledge. Removing them should increase the overall speed of IE. To see which are installed on your machine, you need to click Tools->Manage Add-Ons. From there you will have the option to disable or remove any of the one’s that you don’t use.