IE9 help

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October 16, 2011 at 08:35:37
Specs: Vista home premium, 4.00 GB
Toshiba laptop running windows 7. When I first upgraded to IE9 all was fine then a few months after read messages on message boards would not change to purple. Uninstalled and resintalled and all was fine. Then a few months after that same thing and had to uninstall and reinstall. Now it's happening again and a reinstall does no good and when it reverts back to IE8 that is the same also, no purple for read messages. It also won’t save all sites in history only a few and I have history set to clear only every 30 days.

My desktop running vista and IE9 has never had this problem so what gives and how can I fix this? I went into appearance and visited is set to purple. Mary

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October 16, 2011 at 10:28:59
Either software or hardware could be at fault. Do you have a good security suite installed and up to date?

Might just be easier to reload the whole OS from factory means.

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October 17, 2011 at 19:43:13
I use Norton security and please don't get on me about that as it's what I have liked since windows 98 and it has never failed to stop stuff when someone's computer was sending out or a reputable site got hacked so I stick with it and I do keep it up to date. Never had a problem before on windows 7 with this until I got IE9 in June and as I said the vista computer that was upgraded to IE9 is not doing this.

If I need to wipe out the whole laptop just because of this then I will just leave it be and live with it as that seems kind of a drastic fix. Firefox works fine with the links but firefox constantly freezes on me and runs so slow and IE does not do that so that's why I prefer IE. I know most people love firefox but it just does not work for me.

In googling I am not the only one with this problem back in June but no solution has been found so I thought maybe some one here might know other than wiping my system out which I have a feeling won't solve it. Mary

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October 17, 2011 at 20:17:26
Just a hunch, but the problem with Firefox being slow may be related to the IE9 problem. Try a scan with Malwarebytes, it is a good auxiliary scanner that is compatible with your antivirus program and may pick up something that slipped by it. No protection is proof against everything all of the time, so most of us keep Malwarebytes around for occasional spot scans if we suspect something.
I personally used Norton for a number of years, but had a few instances where Norton let something get in, then later detected it, but could not remove it without downloading special tools for that particular problem. Twice this happened and a download fixed it, but the third time they could not do anything about it. At the time a small company (Webroot) was making a program called Spysweeper that was designed as a full time scanner that could work alongside an antivirus program and looked for non-standard infections (spyware, malware, annoying redirects, and other nasty things that were not viruses, worms, or trojans). This little program found and removed the problem and completely stopped the occasional problems I was having. When Webroot came out with their own antivirus program which included their spysweeper integrated into it, I switched away from Norton completely. A side benefit was that the system was actually faster than it was with Norton on it. I did not have any infection that was not stopped immediately for more than 5 or 6 years with Webroot watching my back and that of all my family's computers. The one item that slipped through then (the only one ever) was removed by Malwarebytes.
Keep Norton if you really like, but I personally feel that Webroot's product, Avast's product (often recommended here), are far superior products and I have even heard that Microsoft's Security Essentials is not bad either. No matter how good, eventually something will get through, so keep Malwarebytes handy for that eventuality, and hope it will never be needed again.

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October 18, 2011 at 06:31:01
Firefox has always been like that on my computers way before IE9 like when I had XP just doesn't work for me and besides this latest glitch IE has always run fast and smooth and never freezes on me. I do run malwarebytes and adaware and spybot weekly and remove the very few things they find so I am pretty sure the computer is clean of that stuff. Will have to keep googling and hopefully I hit something. Mary

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