Help! I can't get my Internet Explorer tab to close. What now?

United States
August 12, 2008 3:12am CST
Right now, I have two browsers open, including Firefox and Internet Explorer. I'm using Firefox for Mylot posts, cause it keeps me signed in. And I'm using Internet Explorer to run other media like music or movies. A couple minutes ago, I was checking the ABC website (using Internet Explorer) for online episodes of LOST When I tried to click on a link, the browser froze for five minutes. Now the tab refuses to close, even though I've clicked on the X button numerous times. Meaning, the tab is still open and won't go away. What should I do now? Do you ever get into situations where a tab refuses to close?
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9 responses
@zandi458 (27880)
• Malaysia
12 Aug 08
I have never tried dual browsers at any one time. I feel it will jam the systems by opening both browsers. Even when I use firefox with many tabs opened I sometimes experience hang up and the browser froze. When this thing happen I have to wait for a while before I switch off the computer. sometimes it works and will get back to the system but it is not adviceable to suddently switch off the power.
• United States
12 Aug 08
I'm always worried about shutting down the computer, with no preparation too. I've ruined two other computers doing that kind of thing. Trying to be smarter this time. Thanks for the tips.
• Indonesia
13 Aug 08
Just force it close, held the ctrl+alt+dell and end it with a task manager, that's will do... you just need to re-open the browser again
@Rintis (646)
• India
13 Aug 08
It is not a very good idea to open both Firefox and Internet explorer together. As both are very heavy software's and as you are using internet explorer for running media like music and movies your temp is getting full. Hence virtual memory gets full causing the PC to slow don and hang. If you still want to keep both the browsers open keep clearing your temp by going to my computer, your main drive, my documents and type/local settings and you will see a temp folder. delete the temp folder and notice your PC speed coming back to normal. Now coming to ur problem, your tabs don't close. What you can do is press Alt F4 to close the application. Or Ctrl+alt+del and go to task manager and end task of that application.
• United States
13 Aug 08
if your on a PC press cntrl + alt + delete = task manger then end the task it should work fine after wards.
• United States
13 Aug 08
try ctrl+alt+delete buttons at the same time.it'll either give you the box to get out of it or let you restart.it's often the easiest way when it sticks.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
13 Aug 08
Alt Ctrl dlt works every time. IE freezes up all the time and that is a daily ritual for me.
@wachit14 (3603)
• United States
12 Aug 08
I have that problem a lot on my desktop computer. The only thing that really works is to shut down the computer and restart it to close all the tabs. I have Firefox on one computer and internet explorer on my laptop. Firefox seems to let me open up more tabs at one time, whereas IE, tends to be less forgiving when I have more tabs open and it tends to run a lot slower and freezes up.
@lixiaos77 (1023)
• Shijiazhuang, China
12 Aug 08
Restart the computer the computer will be work normally. There is always unknown problems with software and restarting is always effective.
@successlog (3174)
• China
12 Aug 08
hello beautyqueen26 maybe it is only a occasional web error.I know there are two ways to close the web page which is beyond of control: 1, the first way: Alt+ F4, just press the two key at the same time, you can close the web one by one. 2,just open the TASK MANAGER by the key : ctrl+Alt+Del, then choose the process you want to close by pc mouse.then, delete it. I hope it is useful to you. good luck