IE7 waits, and waits, and waits when you enter an address in the address bar

Problem: You enter “yahoo.com” in your address bar in IE7.  You wait, and wait, and wait some more before IE7 changes the link to “http://yahoo.com” and navigates there.  If you type http:// before the address, it navigates quickly.

Cause: IE7 will actually search your desktop for a file with the name that you entered and run that.  When it finds no file, it assumes that you want to go to that website.  For example, if you create a shortcut on your desktop named microsoft.com and enter microsoft.com in the address bar, it will instantiate the shortcut instead of going to the microsoft.com site!

Solution: In the Registry Editor, go to  HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Band\Address (I had to add the Band\Address keys in Vista; your experience may vary).  Add a DWORD for UseShellParsing and give it the value 0.  Restart Internet Explorer.

Credit: Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP 

Commentary: Besides the obvious security risk of running files from the address bar (which Microsoft claims is a feature), the real culprit is the SLOW file system access I’ve experienced in Vista.  If it didn’t take forever, it probably wouldn’t be a big deal to me…

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