How To Fix When Internet Explorer Won’t Open | Digital public place


Internet Explorer works fine most of the time, but there are times it won’t open no matter what you try. There are a number of reasons why this can happen, but if you’re working from the simplest to the most complex solution, you should be up and running again in no time.

Internet Explorer became obsolete with the release of Windows 10 and Microsoft no longer supports it. If you are using IE on an older system, this article is for you. These tactics can also be applied to Microsoft Edge browser or any browser you are having trouble with, even on the latest versions of Windows.

Possible causes of Internet Explorer not opening

There are several issues that can prevent Internet Explorer from opening, including:

Changes to important Internet settings as programs are installed

Malware that has modified or corrupted important IE registry keys

How To Fix Internet Explorer Failure To Open

Sometimes getting Internet Explore to open normally is a simple fix, like a fresh start. Other times the solution is more complicated. Try each of the steps below to identify and resolve the issue.

Force close Internet Explorer. After it closes, reopen it. Internet Explorer often runs in the background after it is closed. Force quitting the process brings you out of this limbo, allowing you to restart the program again.

Restart the PC. This removes electronic waste left over from any actions you take while using your computer, such as opening, closing, installing, and removing programs.

Restart the computer in safe mode. This is a good way to see if malware has corrupted your system files. This prevents malware from starting. If Internet Explorer opens without a problem, the problem is most likely a malware infection.

If so, the next step is to reset your Internet Explorer security settings. If this does not resolve the problem, completely reinstall Internet Explorer.

Run Internet Explorer with add-ons disabled. Some add-ons interfere with normal web browser operation or corrupt system files. If Internet Explorer opens as it should with the add-ons disabled, use the Add-ons Manager to enable the add-ons you need one by one, checking browser functionality as you go.

Make sure you have version 11. Internet Explorer 11 is the latest (and final) version of the web browser. After installing the necessary updates, restart the computer. This should replace any Internet Explorer DLL files that have been corrupted by malware.

Even though resetting or updating Internet Explorer settings fixes the problem, you may still have malware on your computer. It is a good idea to run a full virus scan.

Reinstall Internet Explorer. If none of the above options work and you still cannot open Internet Explorer, reinstall it.

The web browser is included as a Windows feature, so you cannot uninstall and reinstall it like a normal application. Instead, you need to turn it off and then turn it back on as a Windows feature.

How To Fix Internet Explorer Crash When Open By Clicking A Link

Sometimes when you click on a URL on a website, Internet Explorer will not open the link, especially if the web browser is open. Whatever the reason, there are a few things you can do about it.

Make sure that the default browser for opening web links is set to Internet Explorer.

Set web file associations in Internet Explorer. This makes IE your default application for opening links.

To prevent the problem from recurring, install good virus and malware scanning software. Also make sure that Internet Explorer continues to work after running Windows Updates. If not, check the steps above to fix it again.


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