Slow web browser performance when you view a Web page that uses JScript in Internet Explorer 6

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Article ID: 942840 - View products that this article applies to.
Note This article describes a solution for a particular problem in Internet Explorer 6. For information about how to optimize the performance of Internet Explorer 7, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
936213 How to optimize Internet Explorer
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SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario:
  • You are running a Windows Server 2003-based computer or a Windows XP-based computer.
  • You are running version 5.6 of Microsoft Windows Script.
  • You use Internet Explorer 6 to view a Web page that uses Microsoft JScript.
In this scenario, you may experience slow Web browser performance.

CAUSE

This problem may occur if a script creates many variables at the same time. This problem may also occur when a script contains many unique values that are parsed at the same time. This problem occurs because of the way that the JScript engine performs garbage collection.

The garbage collection algorithm monitors the following values:
  • The number of variable allocations in the script
  • The number of literal values that are used in the script
  • The total size of the string values that are allocated in the script
When thresholds for these values are exceeded, garbage collection occurs. The garbage collection process interrupts scripts that are running. Therefore, those running scripts are suspended until garbage collection is completed.

RESOLUTION

This hotfix package includes an improved JScript garbage collector. This improved garbage collector is included with Windows Script 5.7 and with Windows Vista. This new garbage collector can significantly improve the performance of applications that create many objects, such as Ajax-style Web applications. These performance improvements are now available to users of Windows Script 5.6. This hotfix provides improvements over hotfix 919237.

NOTE This issue is fixed in Internet Explorer 8.0. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
919237 You may experience slow performance when you view a Web page that uses JScript in Internet Explorer 6
The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

Windows XP, x86-based versions

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Windows Server 2003, x86-based versions

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Windows Server, x64-based versions

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Download the Windows Server 2003 x64-based versions hotfix package now. For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
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Windows XP hotfix information

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows XP Service Pack 2 installed on the computer. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix replaces hotfix 917344 for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows XP with Service Pack 2
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Jscript.dll5.6.0.8834450,56014-Nov-200707:18x86
Windows XP, x64-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Jscript.dll5.6.0.8834998,91215-Nov-200711:14x64SP1Not Applicable
Wjscript.dll5.6.0.8834458,75215-Nov-200711:14x86SP1WOW
Windows XP with Service Pack 2, x64-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Jscript.dll5.6.0.8834999,93615-Nov-200711:14x64SP2Not Applicable
Wjscript.dll5.6.0.8834442,36815-Nov-200711:14x86SP2WOW

Windows Server 2003 hotfix information

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 or Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 installed on the computer. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
889100 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix replaces the following security bulletin:
917344 MS06-023: Vulnerability in Microsoft JScript could allow remote code execution

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1, x86-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Jscript.dll5.6.0.8834458,75214-Nov-200707:59x86
Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, x86-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Jscript.dll5.6.0.8834442,36814-Nov-200709:06x86
Windows Server 2003, x64-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Jscript.dll5.6.0.8834998,91215-Nov-200711:14x64SP1Not Applicable
Wjscript.dll5.6.0.8834458,75215-Nov-200711:14x86SP1WOW
Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, x64-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Jscript.dll5.6.0.8834999,93615-Nov-200711:14x64SP2Not Applicable
Wjscript.dll5.6.0.8834442,36815-Nov-200711:14x86SP2WOW

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about optimizing Internet Explorer, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
936213 How to optimize Internet Explorer
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
To download and install Internet Explorer 8, visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/

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Article ID: 942840 - Last Review: October 9, 2011 - Revision: 5.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
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