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Help needed..... my browser keeps crashing!

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banned8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
Hi

I've got five web browsers on my pc (Firefox, Google Chrome, Avant, Safari and IE7) and for the last three days whichever one I'm using crashes on every second download. I could be downloading a document, jpg or video and it just crashes all the time.

I've had all the browsers working comfortably beside each other for months but all of a sudden this? Any advice as it's driving me nutz!
Thanks in advance.
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banned8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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1 Like #1
Have you run a spyware test? Download Spybot from download.com
banned 1 Like #2
I'd try taking it back (system restore) to a week or so ago, it looks like a patch or update that you've downloaded may have corrupted something that you didn't want it to
#3
Just wondering...why so many browsers?

:?
banned#4
Lawlost
Have you run a spyware test? Download Spybot from download.com


Thanks, trying that now! Rep added! :thumbsup:

Foosball Chum
I'd try taking it back (system restore) to a week or so ago, it looks like a patch or update that you've downloaded may have corrupted something that you didn't want it to


Hi Mate! Yeah, thought of this but was hoping for a quick fix (not that system restore is slow). Rep added to you too! :-D
banned#5
t1nker
Just wondering...why so many browsers?

:?


Dunno really, just trying new ones as they came along. Surprising the different loading speeds between them! :thumbsup:
#6
Cool. Only started playing about with Firefox never mind the rest. Didn't know half of them existed!

Cheers.
[mod]#7
As all browsers are crashing, have you updated any of your ISP's router/hub management software in last few days or made any changes to that possibly ? A system restore should fix that if the problem's there as well. Good luck ;-)
#8
Check each browswers add-ons, especially ones common to all browsers, one of those may be corrupt or clashing with another piece of software.

Also, if you have a firewall check to make sure thats not blocking any ports that your browsers are downloading from etc.

Cheers.
banned#9
Cheers guys :thumbsup:

Only one browser open at a time.

Just tried the Spybot thing and System Restore, Spybot don't seem to have done anything and System Restore failed! :x

Just checked and still got the same problem! :?
#10
Could be the a corrupt winsock app.

Try these

Method 1: System File Checker
If that doesn't help the other option is to repair Internet Explorer by allowing "sfc" to check the system files.

Click on Start ----> Run

Type "sfc /scannow"

Note: You might need the windows XP installation disk with you.

Method 2: Repairing Winsock

1) Click on Start --> Run and type "cmd" and click OK.
2) At the command prompt type: "netsh winsock reset catalog" and then press Enter
3) At the command prompt type: Exit and then press Enter to exit the Command Prompt Window
banned#11
DonnieH
Could be the a corrupt winsock app.

Try these

Method 1: System File Checker
If that doesn't help the other option is to repair Internet Explorer by allowing "sfc" to check the system files.

Click on Start ----> Run

Type "sfc /scannow"

Note: You might need the windows XP installation disk with you.

Method 2: Repairing Winsock

1) Click on Start --> Run and type "cmd" and click OK.
2) At the command prompt type: "netsh winsock reset catalog" and then press Enter
3) At the command prompt type: Exit and then press Enter to exit the Command Prompt Window


Thanks for your help. :thumbsup:

Tried Method 2, restarted but still the same.

I'm running Vista so will trying Method 1 be any different to what you state?

Trying each browser individually now, Firefox and Google Chrome crash but so far IE seems to be ok!
1 Like #12
No worries m8.

For Vista, activate the windows file protection service using this method


1/ Click the Start button
2/ From the Start Menu, Click All programs followed by Accessories
3/ In the Accessories menu, Right Click on the Command Prompt option
4/ From the drop down menu that appears, Click on the 'Run as administrator' option
5/ If you have the User Account Control (UAC) enabled you will be asked for authorisation prior to the command prompt opening. You may simply need to press the Continue button if you are the administrator or insert the administrator password etc.
6/ In the Command Prompt window, type: sfc /scannow and then press Enter
7/ A message will appear stating that 'the system scan will begin'
8/ Be patient because the scan may take some time
9/ If any files require replacing SFC will replace them. You may be asked to insert your Vista DVD for this process to continue
10/ If everything is okay you should, after the scan, see the following message "Windows resource protection did not find any integrity violations"
11/ After the scan has completed, Close the command prompt window
banned#13
DonnieH
No worries m8.

For Vista, activate the windows file protection service using this method


1/ Click the Start button
2/ From the Start Menu, Click All programs followed by Accessories
3/ In the Accessories menu, Right Click on the Command Prompt option
4/ From the drop down menu that appears, Click on the 'Run as administrator' option
5/ If you have the User Account Control (UAC) enabled you will be asked for authorisation prior to the command prompt opening. You may simply need to press the Continue button if you are the administrator or insert the administrator password etc.
6/ In the Command Prompt window, type: sfc /scannow and then press Enter
7/ A message will appear stating that 'the system scan will begin'
8/ Be patient because the scan may take some time
9/ If any files require replacing SFC will replace them. You may be asked to insert your Vista DVD for this process to continue
10/ If everything is okay you should, after the scan, see the following message "Windows resource protection did not find any integrity violations"
11/ After the scan has completed, Close the command prompt window


Trying this method now.... thanks!
Rep added! :thumbsup:
#14
Wasn't there a problem with Firefox and Vista? I used to have the same thing happening with IE7, and the reason I moved to Avant. BTW. Have you tried IE8?
banned#15
Predikuesi
Wasn't there a problem with Firefox and Vista? I used to have the same thing happening with IE7, and the reason I moved to Avant. BTW. Have you tried IE8?


Hi Pred, dunno if there was a problem, been working with Vista for months for me. Funny thing is it's also happening with Avant.

Last night Google Chrome was working fine but tonight it crashes!

I didn't know IE8 was out to be honest, I'll try downloading that to see if it works now.
Thanks....... ran out of rep for today but will rep you tomorrow. :thumbsup:
banned#16
DonnieH
No worries m8.

For Vista, activate the windows file protection service using this method


1/ Click the Start button
2/ From the Start Menu, Click All programs followed by Accessories
3/ In the Accessories menu, Right Click on the Command Prompt option
4/ From the drop down menu that appears, Click on the 'Run as administrator' option
5/ If you have the User Account Control (UAC) enabled you will be asked for authorisation prior to the command prompt opening. You may simply need to press the Continue button if you are the administrator or insert the administrator password etc.
6/ In the Command Prompt window, type: sfc /scannow and then press Enter
7/ A message will appear stating that 'the system scan will begin'
8/ Be patient because the scan may take some time
9/ If any files require replacing SFC will replace them. You may be asked to insert your Vista DVD for this process to continue
10/ If everything is okay you should, after the scan, see the following message "Windows resource protection did not find any integrity violations"
11/ After the scan has completed, Close the command prompt window


Tried it and as you say.... got the above message! Back to the drawing board me thinks! :thinking:
1 Like #17
I know this is a drastic plan, but if IE is working, why not uninstall all the others, then download and reinstall. Might not work, but you don't lose anything by trying.

IE8 : http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/beta/
banned#18
Predikuesi
I know this is a drastic plan, but if IE is working, why not uninstall all the others, then download and reinstall. Might not work, but you don't lose anything by trying.


Was just thinking this to myself! :thumbsup:

Only trouble is I'd miss the speed of Firefox and Google. Think it might be worth re-installing after un-installing them?

Also a bit worried as one seems to start crashing each day ie. Google was working fine yesterday. IE might be next to go tomorrow. :x
#19
churchy2704;3119177
Was just thinking this to myself! :thumbsup:

Only trouble is I'd miss the speed of Firefox and Google. Think it might be worth re-installing after un-installing them?

Also a bit worried as one seems to start crashing each day ie. Google was working fine yesterday. IE might be next to go tomorrow. :x


Sorry, what I meant was, uninstall the other browsers but reinstall them one at a time. Uninstall and reinstall Firefox, then check to see if the problem exists.

Also, I'm wondering if Google Chrome is the offending culprit. Might be worth get rid of it to find out.
banned#20
Predikuesi
Sorry, what I meant was, uninstall the other browsers but reinstall them one at a time. Uninstall and reinstall Firefox, then check to see if the problem exists.


Good thinking Pred...... will give that a go ASAP.

Thanks again, and for the IE8 link. :thumbsup:

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