Wednesday, 9 January 2013


By Ishant Gupta
You must have surfed nonstop on the internet on your first computer and that too at top speed. If loading websites takes longer now, some simple tips can help you speed up your surfing. Let’s know how you can speed things up.
Think of your browser as a bike; the more you load it with baggage, the slower it goes. So start unloading.

Browser History
You can delete a lot of baggage if you clear your browsing history.  Browsers store data from the sites you've been to. It's good to remember where you've been recently on the web, but this slows the browser. Getting rid of that data can speed up loading of pages.
  • In Google Chrome, press the wrench icon in the toolbar, choose History and then Clear All History.
  • In Firefox, choose Tools and then Clear Recent History.
  • On the Internet Explorer, hit Tools option, then click on Internet Options, then the general tab, and then click delete under Browsing history.
Toolbars are notorious for using too many resources.  If you aren't using a toolbar multiple times each day, ditch it. In Firefox, go to Tools then Add-ons, and Disable Toolbars. Chrome doesn't have toolbars.
Add-ons and Extensions
They are like toolbars but run in the background. This means they are less visible. It's a good idea to check to see if these tools are used frequently enough to justify their resource consumption.
  • In Chrome, go to Tools, Extensions and disable everything.
  • In Firefox, hit Tools, and uninstall everything.
  • In Internet Explorer, go to tools Internet Options, Programs tab, and Manage Add-ons. You'll see all the add-ons that are enabled. Disable everything except the Shockwave Flash add-on.
Bookmarks and Favourites
Your browser also slows down from bookmarks. You thought you were being so organized with a few hundred bookmarks neatly filed by topic. But they can make your browser slower too. Limit them to 20 or so, and keep the rest in a Word document on your desktop.

To Export Bookmarks
In the Internet Explorer go to File, Import/Export and choose Export To A File option, then choose Favourites. Open the HTML file.It saves, copy everything and paste into a Word document. In Firefox you can open Bookmarks and copy the ones you want, and paste on a Word doc.  In Chrome, go to bookmarks, Bookmark Manager, and Export. Open the HTML document it saves, copy all, and paste into a Word doc.

Defragging your hard-drive is a well-known tool for speeding up all aspects of computing — even web browsing. Press Start, type "defrag" and the search bar and open Disk Defragmenter.

Change Browsers
Tom's Hardware is a technical site that tests the speed of browsers each year. Their most recent comparison shows Firefox is fastest, followed by Chrome browser, Internet Explorer with Apple's Safari being the slowest.
Even just getting a clean browser — one you haven't fiddled with — can be faster than your earlier browser.

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