Happy Friday! Has your Internet browsing speed deteriorated over time?
Well if it has, you may want to hang around and give this week's
discussion topic a read to see if any of our members' advice may help
you pinpoint the root cause.
Now I'm going to be honest with you, there is really no so-called
"easy switch" that you can flip and magically make your sluggish
browser become fast again. And even with a simple solution that many
of our members may have provided you, it's always going to be a shot
in the dark if it will, in fact, help your speed. You see, there are
just too many factors involved that can cause your browsing speeds to
become sluggish--ranging from overall computer sluggishness, ISP
issues, and too many temp files or cookies to browser add-on conflicts and
things running in the background like malicious software (spyware or
virus). The list goes on. The good news is that many of our members
came through for you, detailing a laundry list of items for you to
investigate that could possibly affect your browsing speeds. I've
selected a few great answers from our members to get you started in
the Q&A section. (By the way, there are a couple of great ones by our regular
contributors, Dana and Darren.)
I hope that by arming you with the information provided by our
members and some investigation and tinkering, you'll be surfing the Internet at full
speed again. Thanks, everyone, for your time and contributions. Have a
Q: Online browsing speeds deteriorating over time; what could it be? Over the last year or so, my computer has gotten slower and slower
when browsing the Web. I feel like getting a page to load takes four
times as long as it did just two years ago. I have plenty of free hard
drive space and 3GB of RAM. I'm running Windows XP and my machine is
about 5 years old. My antivirus and antispyware are all up-to-date.
For browsing, I use Internet Explorer 8 most of the time. My friend
recommended Firefox; I gave that a try, but I found it was even
slower. What could have changed? Are Web pages these days getting
heavier? Do I need to clean out my hard drive or something else? Maybe
it's my broadband speed--is there a way to test that? What could it
possibly be, as I'm out of ideas? Please help, it's getting to the
point where going online is not so enjoyable anymore!
With the complexity of the operating systems and the interface between
the operating system and the computer and other programs, I am forced
to use customer service more than I would like. Therefore this makes
choosing a computer more difficult when I have to factor in customer
service. I know there will be many different opinions from each of you,
but given your honest experiences, I'm hoping I can get a better sense
of who comes out overall on top. Your shared experience is appreciated.
(Note to members: What Carroll has asked is for you to share your
experiences on customer service from the manufactures you
have dealt with in order to make a sound buying decision.
However, this discussion thread is by no means a ticket for you to go
all out and negatively bash or vent your frustrations, or start a
thread campaign for class action lawsuits against manufacturers. Please
keep this discussion civil and helpful. And if you can't offer
constructive advice, then please just step away from the keyboard.