Why is My Web Browser So Slow?

There’s nothing more frustrating than a slow browser. When even loading a search engine’s home page takes forever, you know you’ve got a problem. But what causes a slow browser? In this article, we’ll give you some simple tips to help you self-diagnose what’s wrong with your slow browser and start taking some steps to speed things back up. With the right steps - and the right browser - you’ll soon notice that Internet searches are faster and smoother.

How to diagnose a slow browser

There are a number of causes for a slow browser. Of course, many of those depend on the hardware for your Internet - a bad connection, malfunctioning router, even ISP issues. But apart from those hardware issues, there are a number of common “internal” problems within your browser itself that can slow things down: here are some common ones:

  • Malware or viruses

As malware uses up your bandwidth, it can contribute to a sluggish browser. Additionally, malware can redirect web browser searches, display incessant pop-ups, and 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 to your browser adds that much more code for your browser to execute. Too many extensions, and you’ll start to see a noticeable decrease in your browser speed. Because add-ons take up valuable system resources, they can be part of the cause of your slow browser.

  • Out of date browser or old browser

An up-to-date browser keeps you inoculated against security threats and bugs. Most browsers update automatically, but it’s always worth a check to make sure your browser is current and therefore able to perform at its best. Of course, if you’re using a completely outdated browser like Internet Explorer, it’s time to upgrade to a next-generation browser like Brave.

  • Too many open tabs

If you tend to use multiple tabs, this could be part of your issue. Too many open tabs slow down your browser’s response time, use more of your computer memory, and will lead to slower overall browsing.

Use a fast browser

Not all browsers are created equal. Some browsers are simply faster than others, and a lot depends on how a browser is structured. The two biggest factors in determining a speedy browser are JavaScript engine and browser engine.

  • JavaScript engine

When you click on a button or enter a form on a website (elements typically written in Javascript), your browser uses a JavaScript engine. There are a number of different Javascript engines out there, with each browser or family of browsers using a different engine.

Those different engines are a key part of determining overall browser speed. Brave, and most Chromium-based web browsers, use the V8 engine, while Firefox uses SpiderMonkey. There’s no single fastest Javascript engine; some engines work well at rendering particular actions or elements, while others are better at different ones.

  • Browser engine

Browser engines “read” the webpage, rendering HTML and CSS code, and determine the order in which different elements on the page are loaded. The Javascript and browser engines work together to load all the elements of a page, and like the Javascript engine, each browser uses its own browser engine. Major browser engines, also known as layout or rendering engines, include Blink (for Chromium browsers), Gecko (Mozilla), and Webkit (Safari and iOS-compatible browsers).

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 - but also offering unique and attractive features.

Brave accomplishes both. Brave wants to reinvent the current surveillance Internet economy, paying users to view ads at their own convenience. This opt-in ad system uses Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) to reward users, while simultaneously blocking third-party ads, trackers, and a whole host of other creepy Internet things.

The option of blocking ads and trackers brings another benefit: speed. Time not spent loading trackers and ads is time saved when it comes to loading a web page. In addition, Brave uses built-in Shields to block trackers and unwanted ads, meaning there’s no need for an extra extension to 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: download Brave.

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