8 Fixes A Webpage Is Slowing Down Your Browser

1. Clear your browser cache

Ever feel like you’re stuck in a quagmire of digital goo? That’s exactly how your browser feels when it’s bogged down with too many cookies and cached data. It’s a good idea to occasionally cleanse your browser, freeing it from the accumulated burden. In Chrome, for example, you can do this by going to “Settings” -> “Privacy and security” -> “Clear browsing data”.

Link: How to Clear Cache in Most Common Browsers

Clear your browser cache and cookies

2. Disable unnecessary extensions

Extensions can be both a blessing and a curse. As handy as they are, too many can cause your browser to move at the speed of a narcoleptic snail. Check for extensions you no longer use and disable or remove them.

Link: Manage Extensions in Chrome

Disable unnecessary extensions

3. Check your internet connection

If your Wi-Fi is acting more like “Why-Fi?”, it could be the culprit. Test your connection speed, and if it’s below par, consider resetting your router or contacting your service provider.

Link: Speedtest by Ookla

Check your internet connection

4. Update your browser

Living on the tech edge means always keeping your software up-to-date. Outdated browsers can perform slower and are less secure. Make sure you’re using the latest version of your browser.

Link: Update Google Chrome

Update Your Browser

5. Scan for malware

Malware can act like an anchor, slowing your browsing to a crawl. Here’s how you can keep your system clean using Windows Defender:

  1. Open “Windows Security” in your settings.
  2. Click on “Virus & threat protection.”
  3. Under “Current threats,” click on “Quick Scan” or “Advanced scan” for a more detailed scan.

Link: Windows Defender for Windows 10

Remember, no two machines are alike, and what works for one might not work for another. If the problem persists, don’t hesitate to contact a professional for assistance.

Scan for malware

6. Disable hardware acceleration

Hardware acceleration is like your browser’s turbo boost. It uses your PC’s hardware to speed up tasks, but sometimes, it can cause issues. Here’s how you can disable it:

  1. In Chrome, go to “Settings.”
  2. Scroll down to “Advanced” and click it.
  3. Under “System,” look for “Use hardware acceleration when available” and switch it off.
  4. Restart Chrome for the changes to take effect.

7. Avoid Multiple Browser Windows

Why it matters:

Every browser window you open consumes system resources, specifically RAM (Random Access Memory) and sometimes CPU (Central Processing Unit) cycles. The resources consumed depend on the content of the websites in each window. If a website has many multimedia elements, scripts, or plugins running, it will be more demanding on your computer.

How it impacts performance:

  1. Higher Memory Consumption: Each additional window increases the memory used. More windows mean less available RAM for other tasks, which can result in slower overall computer performance.
  2. Increased CPU Load: Active web content such as videos, animations, and scripts can put strain on the CPU. Multiple browser windows can cumulatively increase this strain, especially if they are all running active content.
  3. Reduced Battery Life: For laptop users, more browser windows can lead to faster battery drain due to the increased resource demands.

What you can do:

  1. Consolidate Tabs: Instead of multiple windows, use tabs within a single browser window. This can help manage resource use more efficiently.
  2. Use Tab Management Extensions: Extensions like ‘OneTab’ can consolidate your open tabs into a list, freeing up memory in the process.
  3. Regularly Close Unused Windows: Ensure you close browser windows that you are not actively using to free up resources.

8. Upgrade Your Computer’s RAM

What is RAM?:

Random Access Memory (RAM) is a type of volatile memory used by your computer to store data that it needs to access quickly. Unlike storage memory (like SSDs or HDDs), RAM is faster but retains data only when the computer is on.

How RAM impacts browser performance:

  1. Quick Data Access: When you load a webpage, its data (like images, scripts, and text) gets stored temporarily in RAM. A greater RAM capacity means more data can be stored for quick access, reducing the need to fetch data from the slower main storage.
  2. Multitasking: More RAM allows you to run multiple applications simultaneously without experiencing performance drops. This means you can have more tabs open in your browser without slowing down your computer.
  3. Preventing ‘Swapping’: When RAM is full, the system resorts to using a section of the hard drive called ‘swap space’ to temporarily store data. Accessing data from the swap space is significantly slower than from RAM. Having more RAM reduces the need for swapping.

Upgrading RAM:

  1. Check Compatibility: Before purchasing new RAM, ensure it’s compatible with your computer. This involves checking the type (DDR3, DDR4, etc.), frequency, and maximum supported capacity.
  2. Installation: Installing RAM is a relatively simple process for desktops but can be challenging for laptops. Some laptops might not even allow RAM upgrades. Always refer to the user manual or consult an expert.
  3. Cost-Effective Performance Boost: Upgrading RAM is often one of the most cost-effective ways to improve computer performance, especially for older machines.

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Benjamin Johnson

Hey there, I'm Ben, the tech-savvy Founder and CEO of WinFixo.com. I've dedicated my life to helping fellow Windows users optimize their PCs for peak performance. Join me on this journey as we unlock the full potential of your Windows devices together!

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