ADDED... problem was Norton, not Windows update... see my reply #2
I installed win10 update KB3213986 this morning and when it finished restarting, my ie11 would open to a blank screen, and then stop with "not responding"
I tried several restarts to see if something about the update had not finished (I waited until it SAID it was done) and same result ie11 not responding
I restored from a backup, and ie11 was working again... after a bit, win update told me I had an update pending, so installed again to see if something about the updated had become corrupted during download/install the first time
Same result... ie11 opens and immediately stops working with "not responding"
Microsoft search Microsoft – Official Home Page only had a result for a problem with some kind of redirect, which I don't have
Microsoft chat from the bottom of https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/contact/virtual-agent/ was clueless... wanting to "fix" my ie11 until I wrote, twice, that I was on a RESTORED win10 without KB3213986 installed, so any supposed "fix" wouldn't do anything once I installed the update and ie11 would not allow me to even get to an agent to take control of my computer to do the fix that the agent would not or could not describe
So, for now at least, I have turned win10 automatic updates OFF (I hope!)
how to turn Win10 automatic updates OFF (I hope!)
-what I did
-option window in lower left to get to settings
-click update & security
-click windows update on left
-click advanced options in center
-click DEFER FEATURE UPDATES
Thanks for the heads up, John. I don't use IE11 much so I would probably not notice if it stopped responding. For testing web sites, I mainly use Firefox, Chrome and MS Edge.
On a related note, Firefox 52 (already in the stream), is removing all plugins except Flash.
MS will be removing Active-X plugins from it's browsers. And Flash support is scheduled for removal later.
Update... Problem was NOT Windows update, it was a Norton update that I did not notice happening at the same time
When I updated Norton after doing a restore, Win10 stopped working again
I have switched to Microsoft Windows Defender and removed Norton and updated Windows again... ie11 is still working
I am now using the FREE Norton Identity Safe that opens my existing password file to auto-fill site logins
I've been using Norton for anti-virus for many years (about 10, I think) and this is the first problem I've had
Still using their free password manager since it reads my existing password file... if I ever have problems with the free program, I will have to find a different password manager
I'm still using the free version of Norton password manager, but it seems to want to make me log in at least once a day... and since the login process goes through the Norton server, it takes a (relatively) long time to process and any "glitch" in the Internet means my main password won't validate
So... is anyone using the open source KeePass program? KeePass Password Safe which says it runs totally on the user's computer
I've been using LastPass for years on all my systems and devices. Very reliable, all encryption is done locally so server access isn't required to open the vault. The encrypted vault is synced to the server and to other devices, and only you have the key.
Thanks, I will look at that one as well... when I did a search for reviews on KeePass, they were almost all 5-of-5 stars... I'm not really concerned about syncing to a Cloud site, so right now I'm leaning toward KeePass... if I make a change (I know how Norton works, and my only problem is that it logs me out and makes me log back in about once a day)