Slow internet browsing on your PC driving you crazy?

Do you think your PC's web browser is slow and sluggish? You've come to the right place. Here we will show you how you can make your browser run faster and more efficiently.

 

12 March 2015  Website, Working from home

Do you think your PCs' web browser is slow and sluggish? You've come to the right place. We will show you how you can make your browser (IE, Safari & FireFox) run faster and more efficiently.

If your browser is slow, don't necessarily blame it on your connection. Third party toolbars, extensions, cookies or settings may also be dragging your browser's performance down.

Internet Explorer

Toolbars

Many toolbars can load into your browser affecting not only its appearance, but also slowing down your internet traffic.

A browser toolbar is an extension added to the browser’s interface. While some browser add-ons can enhance your online experience and might prove to be very helpful, others have a negative effect on browsing experience. They can easily install themselves by default along with common free applications and can occasionally impact other software on your computer. Disable toolbars and extensions directly from your browser;

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Click on the Tools button or (Cogwheel) from the upper right side of the window, and then click on Manage add-ons.
  3. Under Show, choose “All add-ons” from the dropdown menu. A list of all the add-ons will be displayed in the right side of the window.
  4. Select each add-on that you wish to remove and click on Disable.
  5. Once you have finished, close the window and restart your browser.

Clear browsing cache and cookies

Few people remember to do this and, eventually the hard drive ends up loaded with large amounts of data stored by your browser over months. To clean up the browsing cache:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on the Tools button and choose “Delete browsing history”. If you don't want to delete cookies and files associated with websites in your favourites list, check the “Preserve Favourites website data” box. You may also wish to keep ‘Passwords’.
  3. Select the check box next to each category of information you want to delete.
  4. Click Delete.

Reset your browser settings

Sometimes when you install a program it can change the browser’s settings without your knowledge. You may notice that your browser behaves differently than usual.

If Internet Explorer stops responding or working altogether, if you encounter errors indicating that Internet Explorer needs to close, or if browsing feels slow, you might want to reset the Internet Explorer settings. To do so, please follow the steps below.

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on the Tools button, then select Internet Options.
  3. In the Internet Options window, click on the Advanced tab.
  4. Click Reset.
  5. In the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box, choose Reset.
    Check the “Delete personal settings" box only if you also want to remove browsing history, search providers, Accelerators, home pages, Tracking Protection, and ActiveX Filtering data.
  6. By checking this box you basically start with a fresh version of Internet Explorer.
  7. When Internet Explorer finishes applying default settings, click Close, and then click OK.
  8. Exit and then restart Internet Explorer.

Install the latest version of Internet Explorer

If you aren’t currently using the latest Internet Explorer version, check as it will help you access the Internet faster. Also, your computer will be safer, and the issues you are experiencing with your old browser will most likely disappear.

You can use the table below to find out which is the latest version of Internet Explorer for your Operating System:

  • Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1 - Internet Explorer 11
  • Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 7 - Internet Explorer 10
  • Windows Vista Windows - Internet Explorer 9
  • Windows XP Windows - Internet Explorer 8

Try another browser

Switching from one browser to another is in most cases is the fastest and easiest way to fix a lot of the issues you encounter. If the browser is packed with toolbars and plug-ins, won’t open some websites or takes a long time to load, you can try to install another one and see if it works better.

To install a new internet browser you will have to use the one you already have in order to search and download another. Simply use a search engine like Google or Bing to search for the browser you wish to install, and click on the download link.

Here are the home pages for the most popular browsers in case you would like to switch from Internet Explorer:

Mozilla Firefox

Apple Safari

Google Chrome

Opera

Check your Anti-Virus Software

Computer and browser slowness are not always virus related but it wouldn’t harm to run your anti-virus application or malware bytes. Poor performance and other problems can be the result of your anti-virus software being incorrectly configured. Strong security settings can hinder access to certain site features including logins.

Good examples of fast anti-virus programs is AVG.

Check your Internet connection speed

Your physical internet connection could be slow, causing your browsing speed to be effected. Use the website below to test that your internet speed equates to what you have purchased;

Use http://www.speedtest.net which tests the upload and download speed of your Internet connection.

If you’re unhappy with the results contact your provider and ask then to check your connection for you.

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