Speed Up Internet Explorer

Satheesh C B | Tuesday, May 26, 2009 | 2 comments

Have you been asking yourself, why is my internet explorer so slow.The most likely cause of IE being slow is a computer that has not been properly maintained.Here are few tips which may improve your Internet Speed.

1.Increase the Number of Simultaneous Downloads

By default IE is set to only be able to open 2 or 4 connections at a time.  If you have broadband and you use tabs in IE or you visit sites that use lots of connections this tweak will increase the speed of IE a little.

Before attempting a registry tweak you have to back-up your registry first.Check How to back up and restore the registry in Windows


  • Start –> Run ->Type "regedit" and click OK
  • Navigate  to

    KEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings

  • In the right pane you should see the contents of Internet Settings.
  • Look in the right-hand window and see if you can see two strings named :


  • Right-click on MaxConnectionsPerServer, select Modify the Value data field to 6. Repeat this process for MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server string 5-26-2009 8-19-11 PM
  • If these strings are not listed there, right-click on the white region of regedit's right-hand column, click New, and then click DWORD Value.
  • Enter name of the new DWORD Value as MaxConnectionsPerServer and press Enter. The new value should now appear in Regedit's right-hand column.
  • Right-click  and modify the value ,set the Value Data field to 6, then click OK.   5-26-2009 8-31-22 PM
  • Repeat steps  to create MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server as the new DWORD Value  and set the Value Data
  • Close Regedit and test Internet Explorer.



    If you don’t want to  edit the registry key  as mentioned  above ,you can create your own. Open notepad and paste the code below in it.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]

    Save the file by clicking save as, change Save as type to All Files, name the file something like ieregedit.reg. Don’t forget to add .reg to the file to make it a registry key


    5-26-2009 8-51-18 PMRight click the file and  apply Merge


    2.The Phishing Filter/ the  SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer 7/8 is a feature designed to help warn you if certain websites appear to be stealing your personal information.But this feature in really slow down web access  time.


    IE 7:-To turn the Phishing Filter on or off, follow these steps:

    1. Start Windows Internet Explorer 7.
    2. On the Tools menu, point to Phishing Filer, and then click Turn On Automatic Website Checking or Turn Off Automatic Website Checking.
    3. Confirm the selection, and then click OK.



    IE 8:-To turn the SmartScreen Filter on or off, follow these steps:

    1. Start Window Internet Explorer 8.
    2. On the Safety menu, point to SmartScreen Filter, and then click one of the following:
      • Turn On SmartScreen Filter
      • Turn Off SmartScreen Filter
    3. In the Microsoft SmartScreen Filter dialog box, click one of the following, and then click OK:
      • Turn on SmartScreen Filter (recommended)
      • Turn off SmartScreen Filter

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    After this, you might get an annoying balloon window at the bottom of the screen whining about Phishing being off. If you click on the X in the balloon, it won’t appear again.


    3. Turn OFF Automatically checking for RSS feeds
    Automatically checking for RSS feeds is reported to slow IE performance. Most people don’t use this feature .

    In IE 7 :-Turn this off by going to Tools >Internet Options >Content >Feeds >Settings , then uncheck the option that says Automatically check feeds for updates

    In IE8 :- Internet Options>"Content" tab.>"Feeds and Web Slices", click the "Settings" button , uncheck "Turn on in page Web Slice discovery".


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    4.By default, IE7/IE8 enables ClearType font rendering in the browser .Use of ClearType with IE7 has been reported to slow  performance. You can disable Cleartype in IE7/IE8 by going to:Tools -> Internet Options -> Advanced> under multimedia uncheck ClearType .


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    5.Disabling the SSVHelper Class plugin. Another IE element reported to significantly slow down your browsing is the SSVHelper Class plug-in, a file which is part of the Java plug-in. To disable the  SSVhelper plugin in IE7/IE8 by going to:Tools -> Manage Add-ons -> Enable or Disable Add-ons Select the SSVHelper Class line, click the Disable button, and then click OK:

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    1. Hai,
      Thanks for your tips about the increase the speed of the internet Explorer.We can check our interspeed in the site www.ip-details.com.

    2. yes, useful one, thanks ...