They were just upgraded from Internet Explorer 6. I have two guesses why this was happening:
- IE6 would have been freezing as well, but because website was in it’s own browser process, the user would just close the frozen Internet Explorer, and that was that.
- users now had TABBED browsing, and were using the new functionally to open websites in TABs. A website would freeze, say due to Adobe Flash or Shockwave; and Internet Explorer 8 would freeze.
The solution I eventually found?
For up to 10 TABs, allow each TAB to run it’s own iexplore.exe process. You can do this via a registry key called
TabProcGrowth >1: multiple tab processes will be used to execute the tabs at a given MIC level for a single frame process. In general, new processes are created until the TabProcGrowth number is met, and then tabs are load balanced across the tab processes.
– Microsoft "We know IE!" Blog: Opening a New Tab …
TabProcGrowth is a DWORD registry entry, which you set under
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main .
For my users, I’ve set TabProcGrowth to 10.