Since first installing ZoneAlarm about a year ago I have had a problem with IE not responding.
My CPU usage soars to 100% for a short period, so I end up closing IE.
There seems to be no rhyme or reason to when this will happen.
Has anybody else had this problem.
I am still using IE6 because of problems I had with IE7.
Here is the message I get from Microsoft.
I don't have Yahoo Toolbar.

Problem caused by Microsoft Internet Explorer

This problem occurred because Microsoft Internet Explorer, which was created by Microsoft Corporation, was slow or unresponsive.

This type of problem occurs when a program is slow or has stopped responding and you choose to shut it down. This is also referred to as an application hang. Most of the time, there's nothing you could have done to prevent this type of error, but there are some troubleshooting steps you can try.

Troubleshooting<hr>


It's hard to determine exactly what causes Internet Explorer to stop responding, but it's usually due to one of the following reasons:<ul>[*]Spyware, adware, or other malicious software. If you have downloaded free software from the Internet, you might have inadvertently downloaded spyware with it. Spyware is software that can display advertisements (such as pop-up ads), collect information about you, or change settings on your computer, usually without your permission.[*]Internet Explorer add-ons: Add-ons are software that add features or tools (an Internet toolbar for example) to Internet Explorer.[*]Computer viruses: If your computer has a virus, the virus can cause Internet Explorer to stop responding.[/list]

Submitting a problem report is the best way to inform Microsoft about the unresponsive application on your computer. We use these problem reports to analyze the problems in the software and fix them.

In addition to sending problem reports, there are also a few things you should try. These solutions are not meant to fix all application problems, but they may help you prevent or troubleshoot unresponsive applications.


  1. Install the latest security updates for Internet Explorer

    These updates address many issues that have caused Internet Explorer to stop responding

    Install latest security updates for Internet Explorer.

    Install the latest security updates for Internet Explorer

    These updates address many issues that have caused Internet Explorer to stop responding

    Install latest security updates for Internet Explorer.


  2. Update your Windows software

    Follow the steps below to view updates that are available for your computer.


    1. Go online to the Microsoft Update website:

      Microsoft Update



      Note
      If Microsoft Update is not installed, you will be taken to the Windows Update website. See the note below if Microsoft Update is not installed.


    2. Click Custom to check for available updates. In the left pane, under Select by Type, click each of the following links to view all available updates:
      <ul>


    3. High Priority


    4. Software, Optional


    5. Hardware, Optional



  3. Select the updates you want, click Review and install updates, and then click Install Updates.


What do I do if Microsoft Update is not installed?

Follow the steps below to install Microsoft Update and check for updates.


  1. Go online to the Windows Update website:

    Windows Update
  2. Click the Go button next to the Get Microsoft Update Today! message, and then click Start Now.
  3. Review the license agreement, and then click Continue.


  4. After setup is complete, click Check for Updates.


  5. Click Custom to check for available updates. In the left pane, under Select by Type, click each of the following links to view all available updates:
    <ul>


  6. High Priority


  7. Software, Optional


  8. Hardware, Optional

[*]

Select the updates you want, click Review and install updates, and then click Install Updates.[/list][*]

Install, run, and regularly update your anti-spyware, anti-adware, and antivirus software

To see a list of Microsoft and third-party solutions for spyware, adware, and antivirus software, go to the following website online.

Security software: Downloads and trials In addition, you can use the free Windows Live OneCare safety scanner to check your computer for malware. To use the scanner, go to Windows Live OneCare safety scanner online and click Full Service Scan.[*]

Start Internet Explorer with no add-ons

Continue using Internet Explorer the same way you did when you received a crash report. If Internet Explorer starts and runs with all of the add-ons turned off, then the next step will help you determine which add-on is causing it to crash.


Disable all add-ons (one at a time) until you can no longer reproduce the problem
  1. Close all Internet Explorer windows.
  2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  3. Click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Internet Options.
  4. Click the Programs tab, and then click Manage Add-ons.
  5. Click the name of the add-on you want to turn off, and then, under Settings, click Disable.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Restart Internet Explorer. Continue using Internet Explorer the same way you did when you received a crash report. If Internet Explorer continues to crash after disabling this add-on, continue with the next step.
  8. Repeat steps b through g for each add-on listed. When you can no longer reproduce the problem, the most recently disabled add-on is the cause of the problem. Please report this add-on to us by using the survey at the bottom of this page to help us improve our error responses.


If Internet Explorer crashes with all of the add-ons turned off, then you need to reset Internet Explorer:

Reset Internet Explorer settings

By resetting Internet Explorer settings, you return it to the state it was in when it was first installed on your computer. This is useful for troubleshooting problems that might be caused by settings that were changed after installation. When you restore Internet Explorer's default settings, some webpages that rely on previously stored cookies, form data, passwords, or previously installed browser add-ons might not work correctly. Resetting Internet Explorer to its default settings does not delete your favorites, RSS feeds, and a few other personalized settings. The following table describes what will happen to various settings when you reset Internet Explorer.

Settings categories

Items affected

Settings that are deleted

<ul>[*]Browser history, temporary Internet files, cookies, form data, and stored passwords[*]Typed URL information, offline webpages, menu extensions[*]Websites added to intranet, trusted, or restricted zones[*]Websites added for special cookie handling under the Privacy tab[*]Websites allowed to use pop-ups under Pop-up Blocker settings[*]Explorer most recently used list[/list]

Settings that are reset to Windows or manufacturer defaults<ul>[*]Home page[*]Search providers, tabbed browsing settings
Colors, languages, fonts and accessibility settings (General tab)[*]Security settings for all zones (Security tab)[*]Advanced tab settings[*]Privacy tab settings[*]Pop-up blocker, AutoComplete, Phishing Filter, and Zoom settings[*]Page setup, toolbar, and text size settings[*]Feeds settings (sync and notification, not feeds themselves)[*]ActiveX controls that are not on the pre-approved list (reset to opt-in state)[*]Toolbars, browser helper objects, and browser extensions are disabled[/list]

Settings and items that are maintained<ul>[*]Favorites[*]Feeds[*]Content Advisor settings[*]Pre-approved ActiveX controls[*]Temporary Internet file (cache) path settings[*]Certificate information[*]Internet Programs (e mail, instant messenger, and other programs associated with Internet use)[*]Internet connection, proxy, and VPN settings[*]Default web browser setting[/list]

Steps to reset Internet Explorer settings[*]

If you are using Yahoo! Toolbar, download a fix.

If you are using the Yahoo! Toolbar, a fix has been released to help prevent the problem you have experienced. Go to the Yahoo! Toolbar website online and click Download the Yahoo! Toolbar.[/list]

Operating System:Windows XP Home Edition
Software Version:8.0
Product Name:ZoneAlarm Extreme Security