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Speed Up Your Browser

Speed Up Your Browser with 5 Simple Steps

December 11th, 2018 Posted by Best Practices, Cloud, Data, Desktop, Internet, Managed Service Provider, Services 0 thoughts on “Speed Up Your Browser with 5 Simple Steps”

Is Your Browser Running Slow?

There’s nothing worse than a website that won’t load. Over time, high volumes of content can cause your Internet browser to slow down. However, with a bit of maintenance, it’s easy to ensure your browser stays speedy for longer.

The following tips apply across all major Internet browsers, including but not limited to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.

5 Tips to Speed Up Your Browser

1. Remove unused extensions – Too many plug-ins and extensions can slow down your browser. They take up system resources and can even cause bugs and crashes. Extensions can add useful features to your browser, but it’s a good idea to occasionally remove the ones you no longer use or need.

For extensions you need, make sure they’re regularly updated. Your browser should automatically handle updates this, but it’s worth double-checking. Just like keeping the browser itself updated, ensuring you’re running the latest versions of your add-ons keeps them bug-free and running smoothly.

2. Clear your cache and cookies – As you surf the web, your browser keeps records of your files in its cache to speed up your experience. The next time you visit a site, the cached files are already present, so your browser only needs to download the new bits from the web. This means less time waiting, and in general, a faster browsing experience.

However, it is recommended to occasionally cear out your cache and start again. Your browser should automatically manage the cache, but it can get unwieldy and cause the occasional bug or glitch. If you want to keep your browsing speed as good as new, then wipe the slate clean every few months or so. Afterwards, you might notice a slight slowdown to begin with, as your browser rebuilds the cache, but it should quickly go back to normal.

At the same time you clear your cache, you should clear your cookies as well. Cookies are bits of data that websites record on your machine to identify who you are, where you’re from, your website preferences, etc. Usually these cookies are harmless and useful, but a regular purge will quickly get rid of any corrupt or unnecessary ones.

3. Uninstall and reinstall your browser – Removing unused extensions and clearing the cache/cookies are great tips for stopping browser slowdowns – sort of like returning your car to its original state by erasing all the issues and problems that have built up. Uninstalling and reinstalling your browser is a quick shortcut to do the same job.

Once the old version of your browser is uninstalled, you can reinstall the latest update from the Internet. As well as eliminating any corrupted data caches and unneeded extensions, this will make sure that you’re running the most up-to-date version of the software, an important factor in keeping your browser running smoothly. Staying up to date is vital in fixing bugs and blocking security threats and most modern browsers download updates automatically.

4. Manage your tabs – Managing your open tabs more efficiently will help you browse faster. The more tabs you have open, the slower your browser will run. For faster browsing, keep the number of open tabs to a minimum and resist the urge to have a dozen tabs open at once. If you need to keep track of several sites to return to later, you can bookmark the pages for later. Pro tip: Set up a “Temporary” folder within your bookmarks for this scenario.

5. Install a cleanup tool – Some add-ons and apps can help you keep your browser running at top speed. Most of these tools handle the cleaning jobs we covered above, like tidying up cached files that you don’t need any more. It’s worth researching and testing a couple to see if you notice any speed increases. There are also desktop programs to clean up browser clutter.

Still Need Help?

If your browser is still slow after completing the above steps, there might be another issue lurking behind the scenes. Think’s engineers are highly trained and certified to assist with all of your technology needs. Contact us for additional support!

Source: Popular Science

Slow Internet?

February 5th, 2015 Posted by Best Practices, Whitepapers 3 thoughts on “Slow Internet?”

By: Alicia Hernandez, Think Technical Writer

“You don’t really know someone till you’ve seen them surf the web with a slow internet connection.” Truer words have never been said, and I’ve got two simple tips to help rescue you from replacing your desktop monitors every other month.

We’ve all experienced that dreadful spinning icon – the hourglass, the arrow, or whatever clever icon your browser-of-choice uses – that informs you that your fricking (or other choice word) Internet is slow again. And some of us have actually witnessed a coworker literally lose it on their monitor while waiting for their application to open, their file to download, or their YouTube video to stop buffering. Destroying monitors is obviously costly for your organization, but a slow network has thousands of dollars in hidden costs associated with it as well.

Your organization’s network is like the blood that runs through your body. It delivers life to all of your outlying limbs – remote offices, remote workers, and remote customers – as well as everything in between! Many of you even have ecommerce set up on your network allowing you to accept forms of payment from your customers. So, if your network is slow or, God forbid, DOWN, you can now imagine how it is literally costing you money.
Slow Internet
If you’re like the majority of us, you do not have hundreds of thousands of dollars in your budget to beef up your network and pipe in a ridiculous amount of bandwidth to fix everything. So here’s a two quick tips that you probably can afford and even work on immediately to help you out.

    1. Monitoring: It is very helpful to have some form of monitoring on your network to understand all that is going in and out of your pipes. There are open source monitoring tools out there – do not be afraid to use them! With monitoring set up correctly, you can identify problem applications and users by looking at bandwidth utilization, and proactively address the problem before it disrupts your entire business.


  1. Control the Problem: Once you’ve identified those top talkers, you can set company policies limiting their usage (i.e. YouTube) or network policies limiting their bandwidth or setting their priority. For example, Email is a critical application and should have a high priority and a greater bandwidth allowance than Facebook or YouTube. Identify other business-critical applications as well as cannibalizing applications and set your priorities and policies accordingly.

If you need additional help with understanding or addressing your network problems or needs, Think is always available to assist!



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