problems with the clear history button in IE 6, Win XP Pro

I without fail clear history, cookies, do disk cleanup, etc, etc everyday without fail, under heavy usage more that once a day, but I have one machine(standalone) which has a TIMED 4 to 5 second delay from the moment I click the " clear history " button in IE until the task is finished. I know this isnt right but have yet to find a solution. Asked my peers, searched forums, all to no avail. Is this a result of something I did or does it involve a registry tweak for a solution?

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4 to 5 seconds is a usual delay in ms bcos all computers wait at the same speed. 😉
Any way you can try repairing the IE.
Repairing Internet Explorer
1. (NB This will not work on windows 2000) CLick start > run >type sfc /scannow {enter} and have your windows CD handy.
2. Search your hard drive for the “ie.inf” file (Usually in windowsinf or winntinf) When you have found it right click it and select install. Then reboot. [Running this from command line does the same “rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 %windir%Infie.inf”]
3. Still not working? CLick Start > settings >control Panel >Add/Remove Programs > internet explorer. Press the Change/Remove button (In windows 9X the button is Add/Remove). If youve upgraded IE you can revert to the previous version by selecting “Restore the previous Windows COnfiguration” but more often you will need “Repair Internet Explorer”, then click OK. Reboot.
4. Still not working? CLick Start >Run >type regedit {enter} Navigate to the following key, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Active Setup Installed Components {89820200-ECBD-11cf-8B85-00AA005B4383} In the right hand pane find the value “IsInstalled” right click it, select modify, then change it to 0 (thats a Zero!).
You can now download and reinstall Internet Explorer (Links below).
NB. If you want to reinstall Outlook Express at the same time perform the same action on this registry key. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Active Setup Installed Components {44BBA840-CC51-11CF-AAFA-00AA00B6015C}
Description of the Internet Explorer Repair Tool
How to Reinstall or Repair Internet Explorer and Outlook Express in Windows XP
Best of luck

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  • Xopto1
    Depending on the amount of information, and the number of files that are being removed, sometimes the task can take quite a bit longer. Other factors could include the speed of the hard drive, as well as how fragmented the drive is. From your description I wouldn't consider your installation of IE to be damaged.
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  • DrillO
    I have found, through experience, that adware, spyware and such just kills such functions.....try downloading a removal tool and run usually works for me. I get a lot of these problems despite the Internet Use Policy....... Paul
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  • 1on1mrpc
    Could be a problem with your profile, i suggest the following: Copy the following out of your profile: 1. Favourites 2. Desktop 3. My Documents Next reboot the computer into Safe mode and login as Administrator. Create a new user profile (Give it Admin rights) Login as that user and copy the about favourites, desktop & my documents into the new profile and then delete the old profile through Control Panel --> Systems --> Advanced --> Users Hope this helps.
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