Is Internet Explorer 8 acting sluggish or crashing regularly? The problem might be a corrupted add-in. And one of the most likely candidates is the widely used Adobe Flash Player. Here’re step-by-step instructions for how to get Flash absolutely up to date:
- Remove all traces of currently installed Flash player. Refer How to uninstall the Adobe Flash Player plug-in and ActiveX control.
- Restore IE to its default settings. Open Control Panel and click Internet Options (under Network and Internet category). At the bottom of Advanced tab, click Reset button. You’ll see one confirmation dialog box that lists the settings to be disabled. You also have option to delete personal data, including cookies, history, search accelerators, and so on. Note that this’ll disable all currently installed IE add-ons. We’ll re-enable them later.
- Reinstall Flash Player. To do so, restart IE (you’ll have to go through the two-step setup process again, because as far as IE is concerned you’re running it for the first time). Then visit Flash Player page.
- Re-enable previously installed IE add-ons. To do so, click Tools, then click Manage Add-ons. That opens a dialog box that lists all available add-ons. To make the list easier to work with, right-click the Status heading and choose Group By, then click Status. Your disabled add-ons will appear at the top of the list, where you can go through them one by one and re-enable those that you’re confident are safe.