Ever wondered why your internet browser still remains annoyingly slow despite faster speed promises by your internet service provider? Well, chances are the problem is more within your browser itself than with the ISP Company. Changing your computer browser settings, wireless hardware or upgrading your old PC can all help boost browser speed performance. Here are 10 tips to bring you up to speed.
1. Use Google Chrome, Safari or Opera Browsers.
This is not marketing. Google Chrome, Safari and Opera Browsers are by far the fastest browsers we have so far. There are many reasons to use Firefox browser mainly because of the extensions and the themes but the above named browsers are the champs at speedily loading pages, rendering Java scripts and CSS templates.
2. Move your Wireless Router.
As a rule, the closer you are to the wireless router the faster your internet connection. Try moving your router to a central place in your office space or room at home. There are many things that can cause interference to your router signals such as furniture, walls or doors. Make sure nothing stands in the way between the router and your PC or laptop.
For Firefox users, install the Adblock Plus and Flash block extensions to rev up sites that are bogged down by unnecessary Flash ads and huge display ads. A solution specific to the Chrome browser is the Toggle Flash add-on and IE7Pro Plug-in for the Internet Explorer browser.
4. Keep Fewer Tabs Open
Each open tab uses up a bit of RAM and when you have too many tabs open your computer will be slowed down due to low processing speeds. Pages take longer to respond and load due to over-used memory capacity. Some pages may fail completely to load especially if the pages are Flash-based.
5. Use Fewer Extensions and Add-ons
Just like having too many tabs open as mentioned above, having multiple active plugin ends up using a little more CPU and RAM on your computer, which can result to slowing down your browser performance. Uninstall every browser plugin that you don’t absolutely need.
6. Delete Cache and Browsing History
Browsers will certainly save certain pages and images locally in cache so that the next time you visit that site, it can load them instantly without having to download them again. However, as your cache increases in size, the browser spends more time digging through more cached images and pages in order to find the right ones. Caches are most efficient when they aren’t filled with too much data.
7. Secure Your Network
Make sure you encrypt your Wi-Fi signal and use a password to protect it. An open wireless network will invite a horde of Wi-Fi jackers (mostly neighbors) who will send your internet speeds plummeting once they start downloading the next episode of House of Cards or Suits.
8. Use Less Bandwidth
Some applications on your computer could be using the internet and bandwidth, possibly without your knowledge. Windows updates, security scans and updates, media player pop-ups, instant chat applications, Skype, open website tabs etc. can eat away at your broadband speed. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to stop applications that you don’t need running at that particular time and give your broadband speed a little boost.
9. Use Gmail’s HTML Option to Read Huge Docs
You don’t really have to download every document on email, especially if your browser is likely to crash before showing it. If you’ve got a Google Docs or Gmail account, it gives you an option to view documents, PDF files, PowerPoint presentations, and Word files as an HTML, which is going to come through a lot faster.
10. Use a Download Manager
a download manager usually comes with many advanced features which could make downloading files much easier for you. Free Firefox extension DownThemAll download manager makes it easy download files, pictures and music, or set up smart filters and settings to make any page with tons of files easy to navigate.
Like any other machine, if you don’t keep your browser well-oiled and clean, it’ll start to hang and sputter and slow down your system. Following these simple steps can collectively enhance your browsing speed. Keep these tips in mind and your browser won’t feel as slow as it normally does.
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