Posted this in the IE newsgroup. Thought I'd put it here too, and see if anyone has thoughts?
Noticing a rash of users in this forum discuss how IE 7 is suddenly
freezing, not responding or not working in recent weeks. Problem seems
most common on Vista, but appears on XP, too. Getting the same problem
myself on both a Dell desktop and Compaq laptop running Vista SP1.
Problem often appears when using multiple tabs in IE and/or when
closing the IE window. Flash 9 caused freezes too, but it appears more
common with Flash 10. Sometimes the freezes are blatant -- and result
in a pop-up error. Other times the freezes are over in a second or two
-- and you only see the error if you check Vista's Performance
monitoring tools. And it's not just IE. Users are reporting freezes
with other browsers like Firefox and Safari.
For what it's worth, been able to stop the behavior in IE by disabling
Flash. This is done by using Tools>Manage Add-ons>Enable or Disable
Add-ons and highlighting Flash and disabling. If you really need
Flash, you can open a fresh IE window and enable Flash temporarily and
disable it when you're done. Clearly, this is more of a crude
workaround than a solution, since Flash is so common on the Web and
actually required by some Web sites.
This issue is being vigorously discussed at Adobe's online forum,
including here: Is Flash 10 causing Internet Explorer to freeze and not respond - microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general | Google Groups
There is still no solution, though. Unfortunately, some users assume
the issue is with IE -- and direct the blame to the incorrect party.
Hopefully this issue can be dealt with. In the meantime, does anyone
know of a better workaround than just enabling Flash when it's