I'm running IE6 SP1 on Win2K SP4. When I open IE it starts normally, then after a few seconds freezes. At that time the Task Mangler show that IE is using 99% of CPU resources. After some variable time while the window is frozen, it becomes active again, though it's still using 99% of the CPU and runs very slowly, from 10 to 100 times slower than Opera, which I also use. When I attempt to shut the window, Windows reports that it's not responding. If I shut the window before that first freeze, it closes normally. Using 99% of resources makes the whole computer crawl, of course, though for some reason my mail client (Pegasus) seems little affected.
I also get the dreaded message that IE has encountered an error and must close more often than I'd like, but it's very inconsistent and some days doesn't show up at all.
This has been going on for some time and came on gradually, so it's difficult to reproduce what might have been changed on my machine at the time it started.
Things I commonly have running (but don't need to have running for IE to fail) include Pegasus, vim, Opera, ACDSee, SpyBot and AVG.
Has anyone seen this before? I'd happily just stick with Opera, but some pages, including yours, don't render properly in Opera. Suggestions solicited.
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