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10 Ways to Speed up Your Internet Browser

10 helpful tips to speed up your PC

Easy tips to speed up your PC

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.

3. Block Flash and/or JavaScript
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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Are You Waiting Too Long for Your Windows to Start?

One of the frustrating parts of using Windows can be waiting for it to start. I often find that I sometimes I hold of doing a restarts as much as possible because of this. One of the main causes of a slow startup is too many programs that run when the computer is starting. This causes disk contention which ends up slowing the computer.

It is similar to rush hour traffic in that everybody is trying to go somewhere but due to congestion everyone gets there much slower. As a result the best way to speed up start time is by having less programs starting.

Busy Streets vs Busy PC Programs

Solving PC Traffic Problems
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The Problem of Disabling Startup Items

To Disable or not to disable?

Confused if you should disable or not?
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There are plenty of programs or startup managers like msconfig or Autoruns that allow you to control which programs start. However there is a learning curve. You have to be able to tell whether the program can be disabled without impacting you! Which (unfortunately) may not always be obvious.

How do you tell if widgetsupport.exe can be disabled?

Lack of Standard for Disabling Startup Items

Another issue is to address is the lack of standard for disabling startup items. Thus, you end up always having to use the same program to enable or disable your startup items.

Errors Due to Improperly Disabling a Program

Disabling startup items can sometimes confuse programs as they think they are not installed properly and sometimes replace the disabled startup item. That usually means after every update you have to re-disable the startup item, which can create two disabled startup items. Nevertheless, the most important issue is that sometimes disabling startup items can prevent a program from running properly.

Should I Disable Startup Items or NOT?

However disabling startup items makes sense since it can improve startup performance. This is especially the case for programs that do not need to start right away. For instance you may never run the application for a several days but it still ends up slowing your startup speed during that time period. Further if the program is not running it can not consume any resources or slow down your other programs.

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Msconfig showing startup programs.

 Introducing StartUp Monitor

A new feature in Mirekusoft Install Monitor 2.0 called Startup Monitor helps address these issues. It gives you the ability to prevent programs from running at startup. Disabling a startup program is as simple as unchecking the box. No more having to determine what widgetsupport.exe does.

Install Monitor shows:

  • The actual program that you installed
  • The impact a program has on startup performance

 

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Startup Monitor makes it easier to manage startup programs

By combining these with the usage information from the program list, it helps you conveniently decide whether something should run at startup.

Additional Benefits of Startup Monitor

If you start one of these programs from Install Monitor, it will make sure all disabled startup items are restarted so the application can run without any problems. It dynamically blocks the program from starting so the program does not get confused about whether it is installed properly.

Adding the Features of Program Process Viewer

Also with the new Program Process Viewer which I will discuss later it is really easy to shut the program down when you are finished using it. Startup Monitor is one of the ways Install monitor helps to improve system performance.

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