How to Fix Internet Explorer Errors
Internet Explorer Errors Fix
Internet Explorer Program Errors
If you have received an error message along the lines of, “Internet Explorer has encountered an error and needs to close,” you may have a faulty installation of Internet Explorer or other forces may be at work, interfering with Internet Explorer. Pinpointing the cause of the program errors leads to the fix.
Update Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer
The first order of business is to update your operating system which will also update Internet Explorer by going to Control Panel > Windows Update. Updates often repair known bugs and program errors. In addition, if you are prompted to “send an error report” when you receive the program error, do so. These error reports help Microsoft identify program errors and ultimately issue a fix.
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Run Internet Explorer without Add-ons
Interference from third party add-ons could be the cause of the Internet Explorer errors. It’s not always easy to know which add-on is doing the damage though. If you recently installed an add-on, then you know that particular one is likely the culprit. However, if you do not remember, you can isolate each add-on by running Internet Explorer without Add-ons.
Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Internet Explorer no Add-ons. This launches the barebones version of Internet Explorer. You won’t be able to view PDF’s in a webpage or watch streaming video in a built-in video player embedded on a website with add-ons turned off, but for troubleshooting purposes, this is okay. Does Internet Explorer generate a program error with no add-ons running? If so, then something else is to blame. If not, then you know an add-on is responsible. From there, you can enable each add-on until the problem reveals itself and then permanently disable the offending add-on.
Repairing Internet Explorer
Sometimes all it takes is a quick repair and your Internet Explorer errors will go away. The repair is simple: Launch Internet Explorer, click on Tools > Internet Options and go to the Advanced tab. Click Reset and confirm your decision.
Reinstalling Internet Explorer
If repairing Internet Explorer doesn’t fix your Internet Explorer program errors, a reinstallation of the browser may be necessary. Microsoft offers free downloads of Internet Explorer on its Web site. For optimal results and access to all of the latest features, choose the most current version of Internet Explorer.
Using the System File Checker Utility to solve Internet Explorer Program ErrorsThis next fix is possible because Internet Explorer is an operating system component. Windows comes with a nifty tool, the System File Checker (SFC), which scans the operating system for damaged or missing files. You will need to allow plenty of time for this utility to run and you may need your original Windows discs. To run SFC, go to Start > Run and type in: sfc /scannow. Press the Enter key and follow the prompts.
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