My Internet Explorer now freezes up, typically, about ten minutes after I open it. About 30 seconds after Internet Explorer freezes, the rest of the computer goes with it and I have to turn the whole system off. The problem started after I made one, maybe two or three mistakes:
First, I switched my sluggish, bloated, ineffective PC-cillin antivirus software with the more effective, faster, but more temperamental PC Tools Spyware Doctor with Antivirus in order to remove a trojan I was warned could be on my system. I also downloaded Registry Mechanic from the same company, and have used it, which might have been a mistake since, you know, it messes with the registry.
Around the same time, I downloaded Microsoft Live! to make the obnoxious "Download Microsoft Live!" popup go away.
The problem sometimes, but not always, occurs about two minutes or so after Spyware Doctor announces that "Error -1" had caused it to be unable to download its latest updates. When I see that, it means I need to save my stuff because Internet Explorer and my entire system are going to crash soon.
Formerly, Microsoft Word was also having trouble, taking a long time to open and sometimes freezing up, until I deleted the Microsoft Office Live! plugin. Now it's working fine. I can use my word processor for as long as I want if I don't open the web browser.
I have disabled several of Internet Explorer's plugins, including Microsoft Live! The web browser now runs about three times as fast...which enables it to crash sooner. Apparently, I haven't solved the problem.
Anyone know how to fix this? It's making it hard to blog.