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Finally got rid of Internet Explorer

#1 Post by RealBlackStuff » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:07 am

A few days ago IE11 died on my desktop.
IE11 came up with only a white screen, nothing else. Nothing I did could get it to work again!
Since there is no UNinstall for this piece of crap, I manually deleted everything I could find on the drive.
Only 2 files refused to be deleted: ieproxy.dll (used in Windows Explorer) and sqmapi.dll (used in COM Surrogate, whatever that is).
Rebooted and only one (temporary) small side-effect was noted: the programs that were pinned to my Start Menu had to be re-pinned, but that was all.

After some trial and error I found a super-fast, until then unknown to me browser: Slimjet.
I only used IE11 to listen to one 24/7 classical music website: https://www.classicfm.com/radio/player/
To listen to it, just find ANY area-code (like Zip-code) in the UK.
IE11 sometimes took up to a minute to finally get going and had the bad habit of conking out at the most inopportune moments, after which a browser restart was needed.

NO MORE IE11 CRAP!

This Slimjet browser starts in seconds and has not failed me once in over a week now.
It is based on the free Chromium.
Highly recommended!
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Re: Finally got rid of Internet Explorer

#2 Post by MikalE » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:11 am

A COM surrogate emulates an RS232 COM port by devices that still rely on that transmission protocol.

I use it extensively for programming amateur radios as they apparently haven't caught up with the 21st century yet.

They use USB ports but the radio thinks it's plugged in to a COM port.

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Re: Finally got rid of Internet Explorer

#3 Post by RealBlackStuff » Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:05 pm

32-bit Slimjet even though my W7-Pro OS is 64-bit.
The Pale Moon browser that I use for everything else, is also 32-bit.
Faster, less "accident-prone" and less RAM-consuming than their 64-bit versions.

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Re: Finally got rid of Internet Explorer

#4 Post by Cigarguy » Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:14 pm

Thanks for sharing that classical music link RBS.

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Re: Finally got rid of Internet Explorer

#5 Post by Puppy » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:06 pm

MikalE wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:11 am
A COM surrogate emulates an RS232 COM port by devices that still rely on that transmission protocol.
No, COM surrogate is a host process for COM Objects (COmponent Model objects) that is something like more advanced DLLs. It does not have anything with COM (RS 232 serial port) or Internet Explorer. It is generic system feature.

Unfortunately, you replaced the IE11 with even worse [censored] = anything WebKit based. It is slow and very resource hungry.
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Re: Finally got rid of Internet Explorer

#6 Post by pianowizard » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:38 am

Internet Explorer is by far the most keyboard-friendly browser. It's my preferred browser for that reason alone. Opera is a distant second.
RealBlackStuff wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:07 am
A few days ago IE11 died on my desktop.
IE11 came up with only a white screen, nothing else. Nothing I did could get it to work again!
Just reinstall it: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/hel ... -installer
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Re: Finally got rid of Internet Explorer

#7 Post by RealBlackStuff » Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:00 am

I had already tried that, but it did not work.
It was saying something like I already had a newer version, so that this could not be installed. What BS!
Since I didn't want IE anymore anyway, I couldn't care less.
Good riddance to that POS piece of slow bloatware!

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Re: Finally got rid of Internet Explorer

#8 Post by MikalE » Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:25 am

Puppy wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:06 pm
MikalE wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:11 am
A COM surrogate emulates an RS232 COM port by devices that still rely on that transmission protocol.
No, COM surrogate is a host process for COM Objects (COmponent Model objects) that is something like more advanced DLLs. It does not have anything with COM (RS 232 serial port) or Internet Explorer. It is generic system feature.

Unfortunately, you replaced the IE11 with even worse [censored] = anything WebKit based. It is slow and very resource hungry.

Thanks for the clarification. That was not correctly explained to me in the past when I asked about it on a communications forum.
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Re: Finally got rid of Internet Explorer

#9 Post by RealBlackStuff » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:11 am

Puppy wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:06 pm
Unfortunately, you replaced the IE11 with even worse [censored] = anything WebKit based. It is slow and very resource hungry.
Not sure where you get your info from, but that's totally wrong!
Here's a picture of some browser comparisons:
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Some more modern browsers:
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The Slimjet browser has 6 processes but uses only 107.5MB memory and NO WebKit!
That is lower than ANY of the other browsers!

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Re: Finally got rid of Internet Explorer

#10 Post by TPFanatic » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:49 am

I installed Slimjet on my Z60m running XP and it flies. It handles the modern web while being lean enough to operate on Pentium M. Thanks RBS
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Re: Finally got rid of Internet Explorer

#11 Post by Cigarguy » Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:50 am

Got me curious with Slimjet. Will give it a try. Stupid me, switched from Firefox to Chrome.

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Re: Finally got rid of Internet Explorer

#12 Post by zod » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:53 pm

Slimjet is Chromium based browser, 64-bit version for Windows is also available and Portable version is offered as well. Never heard of it before, but decided to give it a try. Imported all the bookmarks and settings from Chrome and got it ready for work. It outperforms Chrome and definitely use less memory and cpu resources at the same time. It also supports Chrome Themes, has built-in ad-blocker and YouTube download tool and supports all screen resolutions for YouTube videos unlike Firefox. Adobe Reader extension works by default, just like with Chrome. You should still disable "Continue running background apps when Slimjet is closed" and "Send anonymous usage statistics to help improve Slimjet" in Settings, just like in Chrome. And yes, Software Reporter Tool is still there, so you will have to deal with it. Procedure for disabling this cpu killing piece of crap is the same, instructions could be find here:

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/disable- ... orter-tool

Overall experience is like you're using super-fast and resource-saving version of Chrome. Slimjet is everything Chrome should have been. My Chrome is going to trash bin, finally. In fact, this post was written using Slimjet :).

Thanks RBS, great find.

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Re: Finally got rid of Internet Explorer

#13 Post by ajkula66 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:50 pm

Installed it on my T43pSF, quite pleased so far.

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Re: Finally got rid of Internet Explorer

#14 Post by RealBlackStuff » Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:16 am

zod wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:53 pm
And yes, Software Reporter Tool is still there
That POS Google malware is NOT part of Slimjet!
It is a leftover from your previous Chrome installation!

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Re: Finally got rid of Internet Explorer

#15 Post by Tasurinchi » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:27 am

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:07 am
This Slimjet browser starts in seconds and has not failed me once in over a week now.
I was following some of the Chromium branches in the past but somehow totally missed this... Thanks for sharing! :thumbs-UP:
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Re: Finally got rid of Internet Explorer

#16 Post by CrazyTPFan » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:46 pm

Internet Explorer is a garbage browser to be using in 2018 but, I guess it could still be used if really needed.
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