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IE8 beta is slow, The RC is faster.
As to problem.
If you think it is IE8, consider a system restore to a time before you installed IE8. It would do a better job than un-install normally.
I would think that if a registry keeps popping up there is some service that has admin access to reg.
Start with autoruns maybe. MRT also.
"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10