Why is my browser so slow?
When even a basic page like Google takes 20 seconds to load, you know you’ve got a browser problem. But what causes a slow browser? In this article, we’ll give you some simple tips to diagnose why your browser is slow, and offer suggestions to speed up your browser. With the right fixes—and the right browser—you’ll soon get back to a fast, smooth internet.
How to diagnose a slow browser
There can be a number of causes behind slow browsing. Some—like a bad WiFi connection, a malfunctioning router, or issues with your Internet Service Provider (ISP)—aren’t related to the browser at all. But there can also be problems with your browser itself. Here are some of the most common causes of a slow browser:
Malware or viruses
Malware and viruses can eat up your bandwidth, causing general slowness on the pages you visit in your browser. Malware can also redirect web browser searches, display incessant pop-ups, or even crash your entire computer. In the worst cases, trying to run a simple search might result in a complete reboot.
Browser add-ons or extensions
Every extension you install on your browser adds more code for your browser to run. These add-ons take up valuable system resources, so if you install too many you’ll see a noticeable slow-down in browsing speed.
Out of date browser or old browser
An up-to-date browser keeps you protected against the latest bugs and security threats. But browser updates can also improve browsing speed. Most browsers update automatically, but it’s always worth checking periodically to verify you’re running the latest version of your browser.
Note that if you’re using a completely outdated browser like Internet Explorer, no amount of patches or updates will help. You’ll need to upgrade to a newer, more modern browser.
Too many open tabs
Too many open tabs can slow down your browser’s response time, use more computer memory, and generally lead to slower overall browsing. If you have dozens or hundreds of open tabs, consider closing some; frequently visited sites can be saved as bookmarks instead.
Upgrading to a faster browser
Brave: A fast, secure browser
You’ll often hear the word “streamlined” or “lightweight” when it comes to browsers. Today’s browsers try to balance keeping things simple, streamlined, and fast…with privacy and security.
Brave accomplishes all this. It blocks third-party ads, trackers, and a host of other bad stuff. And by not loading trackers and ads and other stuff you don’t want, the webpages you actually do want load much faster. And this blocking comes via Brave’s built-in Shields protection, meaning there’s no need for an extra extensions that could slow things down. The result? Brave is at least 3x faster than any other browser.
There are numerous reasons why your web browser might be slow, but one sure way to make it faster: Ditch Big Tech, and use Brave instead. It only takes 60 seconds to switch.
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