I turned my laptop on this evening and my Internet Explorer was not able to load any web pages. It would launch and then show nothing but a blank page. After 30 to 60 seconds it would show as not responding in Windows Task Manager. The below image is what it looked like when attempting to launch Internet Explorer.
Recently I had an issue with Internet Explorer loading and the issue was with Google Toolbar. I assume something must have been corrupted when my laptop crashed. Anyhow reinstalling Google Toolbar is easy though there is not technically a reinstall process. You will need to uninstall Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer, download it again, and then Install Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer. Follow the directions below to reinstall Google Toolbar.
Customizing the buttons located in the top left corner of your Internet Explorer browser window is easy though it might not be obvious to everyone. Below are details on how to add or remove various Microsoft IE toolbar buttons such as the Home Button, the Page Drop Down, the Safety Drop Down, the Tools Drop Down, the Feeds Button, the Bonjour Button, the Print Button/Drop Down, the Read Mail Button, and the Help Button just to name a few. A lot of third party applications that you install will add buttons to the Internet Explorer Toolbar which will eventually clutter up the toolbar which also includes your IE tabs. Below are the simple steps to add, modify, or remove these toolbar buttons and drop downs.
Example Picture of Internet Explorer Buttons:
This is typically located near the top right of the browser underneath the search box in IE (located on the right side of the address bar by default) and then below the Google Toolbar if you have that installed.
If you get an error message similar to the one detailed below it can be resolved easily by modifying Internet Explorers security settings. Please be aware though that this is not specifically an error but more a security setting within Internet Explorer that is warning you that the web site you are visiting is accessing information outside of the domain you visited.
In attempting to get the current system configuration, via the Dell website, for my Dell D420 laptop I continued to run into issues. I originally thought that it must be an Internet Explorer cache problem, then went on to believe that it was a Internet Explorer add-on issue, then I thought it might be IE security settings, and the end result was I was able to get it working but I am not 100% sure as to what the problem was.
The error was the fact that no matter what I tried, which I will go into detail about below, I could not get the “Current System Configuration” on support.dell.com to analyze my system consistently. I did finally stumble across a URL that works every single time without even having to be logged in and it is listed directly below.