A couple of weeks ago, I ran the Windows Update. As a result, I downloaded and installed the recommended fixes/updates, some of which were for Internet Explorer.
Once I rebooted my computer, I found that IE was not only extremely slow to start up, but also slow to navigate from web page to web page. I decided to stop using IE and use FireFox instead.
FireFox didn't seem to have any performance issues, until I went to play an online Flash game - it was as if the animation was all in jerky slow motion. I had tried FireFox previously on this same website with no problems. The test on the Macromedia website runs just fine.
Subsequent to these problems starting, I upgraded the RAM on my computer to 768MB from 256MB - this had no effect on the speed of IE or Flash.
I have run virus checker, adware/spyware/malware checkers, registry cleaner, defragmented the hard drive.
I have uninstalled Flash and installed the latest version.
I have tried disabling my firewall - no effect.
I have searched various forums to see if anyone else has had a similar problem, but to no avail.
I followed the steps under the "Repair Internet Explorer 6" posting (Method 1) - no effect.
I tried to follow Method 2, but it looks for a disk or CD with SP2. I don't have SP2 on disk/CD - I installed it from a download file.
This is not, of course, a critical system issue; it is just an annoyance, but a tedious one.
I hope someone out there can make some useful suggestions on what I can try to fix this.
Any help is appreciated.