Being the native web browser some versions of Windows, IE is a pretty stable application at most times. Issues with IE 11 are not unheard of, and many a time users are forced to watch helplessly when the program freezes for no reason. This happens even on the newer operating systems like Windows 8, where the browser fails to start at all sometimes. So, here is how to fix Internet Explorer on Windows 8.
- Clear the cache. This can be done from Settings or using a cleanup tool that you have installed expressly for this purpose. Most people go with CCleaner because it is clean and easy to use.
- Run the antivirus and see if there are any infections in the computer. If any these could be messing with the files vital for IE to run smoothly. Hit Scan Now and clear all the infections that are discovered. Reboot the computer in case this removed any system files, so that these are replaced. To go further, open IE and move to Tools > Internet options > Security > Reset all Zones to Default level. That might help too.
- If your problems has a specific pattern where IE crashes, close this and run IE (No Add-ons). The bracketed part explains how this mode works, and maybe you will not encounter the old issue while in it. And if this is the case, then you know it is the add-ons causing the Internet Explorer crash problem, so remove the latter one by one till the crash problem is solved. This could take time, unless you are willing to get rid of all add-ons at once.
- Go to Internet Options, move to the Advanced Tab, and select Reset. This will remove temp files stored up by the browser, as well as add-ons, plug-ins, and toolbars. In a nutshell, you would have it back in the factory setting.
- If you have been using GPU Rendering this whole time, try switching to Software Rendering. See if this takes care of the crash problem for you. You will find the option accessible under Internet Options > Advanced
That was how to fix Internet Explorer on Windows 8. These steps would work in Windows 7 as well, although needing to be modified to access the same options. If all else fails, call a competent tech support team to help you out.