Get fast and private web browsing with Avast Secure Browser for Android
Ever lose focus on something important because your browser suddenly stopped working? You can prevent this from happening with a number of useful tips for speeding up a slow browser. Or, switch to a new browser that gives you both speed and security right from the start.
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The methods for getting a faster browser apply everywhere. Look up tips on how to speed up Chrome, and they’ll usually work for a lazy Firefox as well.
Why is your browser’s speed so sluggish? Here are the most likely reasons why Google Chrome is running slow:
Lots of tabs open, or multiple active browser sessions.
A cache of temporary internet files that hasn’t been cleared in a long time.
Harmful cookies causing problems with your browser.
Certain add-ons or extensions.
A virus or malware.
A weak internet signal.
Some of these are easy to fix: just close any tabs you don’t need anymore! Keep reading to learn how to address the other browser issues — let’s get your browser speed back up.
Speeding up your browser doesn’t mean buying a new computer. A computer’s performance will decline over time, but following tips like the ones below can significantly prolong your computer’s lifespan.
Here’s how to speed up Chrome and other browsers:
First, check to see if it’s only your internet that’s slow. Whatever result you find will help you focus your efforts and fix your problem more effectively.
Developers update their software to patch up security holes and correct problems that make programs go slow. Your browser performs best when it’s updated to the latest version.
Here’s how to update each of the most popular browsers:
You can update Google Chrome by doing the following:
Click the three dots in the upper right.
Click About Google Chrome.
The menu that this button leads you to will either invite you to update Google Chrome, or it will notify you that Chrome is up-to-date.
Updating Firefox is easy. Here’s how:
Find the hamburger menu in the upper right.
Click About Firefox.
If Firefox is up-to-date, the window will say so. If not, there will be an option to update immediately. Click it.
Updating Microsoft Edge is as easy as updating any other browser.
Click the Menu button in the upper-right.
Hold your mouse over Help and feedback without clicking.
Click About Microsoft Edge.
Edge will check for updates and tell you how to apply them if there are any.
If you haven’t upgraded to Edge yet, Internet Explorer updates happen automatically in Windows Updates. The latest version, if there is one, will always be found in an update for the operating system.
Click the Start Menu.
Click the Settings icon.
Go to Update & Security.
Click Check for updates.
Internet Explorer is an outdated browser, so it may contain security vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit to steal your data or install malware on your device. We strongly recommend you switch to a current browser instead of IE.
Whichever browser you use, an updated browser should make your surfing experience faster.
In the past, I’ve had to remove Firefox extensions because they slowed down Gmail to the point of unusability. In fact, all extensions slow down your browser by default. Some of them are just better built than others, and you don’t notice.
The best practice is to vet your browser extensions before installing them. Here’s how you can remove a browser extension:
No matter what browser you’re using, you can click the Settings menu in the upper right, depicted as three lines (hamburger menu), three dots, or a gear.
Find the option that mentions Extensions and/or Add-ons. (In Google Chrome, click Settings first, and it will be on the left.
Look for Extensions in Google Chrome or Add-ons in Firefox.
You’ll be led to a page with a description of all add-ons, and there should be an Uninstall button next to each one.
You shouldn’t see any extensions that you didn’t add yourself. If you don’t remember adding it, it could be malware. Weed out anything that seems unfamiliar or suspicious, or that you simply don’t need anymore. And if you think you have a malware infection, use a dedicated malware removal tool to get rid of it.
Whether you’re removing extensions from Edge, or removing extensions from Google Chrome, this should help speed things up.
Cookies are bits of data that help websites remember information about you — such as your login credentials. You’ll need to log back into everything if you delete all your cookies, so make sure you either know your passwords or store them securely with a password manager.
The cache contains elements of recently visited websites so you don’t have to waste bandwidth reloading them. Cookies and cache make up your temporary internet files, which slow down your computer in two ways.
There might be a malware infection in your cache. Since web pages are stored here for faster reloading later, and malware can show up on web pages, you might have a virus deliberately causing mayhem to your system. Delete your cookies and cache to avoid this.
Temporary internet files might be building up and taking up space on your system. A hard drive tends to run fine when it has at least 15% of its total space available; otherwise, it can’t work as well. Whether you’re clearing cache on a Mac or a PC, it doesn’t take more than a few minutes to get rid of temp files.
Clearing internet history will also give you peace of mind when it comes to privacy. There’s a lot of maintenance that goes into using a computer. Basic upkeep can reduce the chances of losing precious work, but this can easily take hours.
Get an all-in-one program that does it all automatically. Avast Cleanup will regularly clear out temporary internet files, while also keeping your apps updated along with so much else. Enjoy a faster computer with more storage space for your most important files and apps.
Open tabs use up a lot of memory, and it’s all too easy to keep tons of tabs open. YouTube videos will stutter, your browser will lock up, and other programs won’t be able to run.
Reduce the number of tabs you have open with the following bookmarking tips for Chrome (you can use similar methods on other browsers):
Bookmark multiple tabs. To save tabs for later, right-click in the open (grey) space next to your right-most tab and select Bookmark all tabs. You can also press Ctrl + Shift + D (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + D (Mac) to bookmark all your open tabs.
Close multiple tabs. If it’s too much to close every single tab, try a method that closes only some of your tabs. Move the tabs you want to close to the right, then right-click the first tab in the line that you want to close and select Close tabs to the right. To keep only one tab open, right-click it and choose Close other tabs.
Close a specific set of tabs. If you want to close a specific set of tabs, hold down the control (Ctrl) key and select the tabs you want. Then right-click and close them (or choose any of the other options available in the drop-down menu).
Bookmark instead of keeping a tab open. Bookmark pages by pressing Ctrl + D.
Did you close something important by accident? Press Ctrl + Shift + T to reopen the last tab(s) you closed.
Refresh your browser to clear out all the junk that’s still there. If you do a factory reset along with the aforementioned tips, you’ll have a clean install of the browser.
Website permissions and themes don’t get removed when clearing out temporary files, and those things can still slow things down. That’s what a reset is designed to clear out. A browser reset is one of the best things you can do to clean up your PC.
Here’s how to reset each browser:
Click the three dots in the upper-right corner.
Scroll down to the bottom and click Advanced.
Scroll down to the bottom and click Reset settings.
Firefox’s Refresh function is different from Chrome because it won’t delete your cookies. Also, you don’t do it in the browser. Firefox has a button on its website that brings up this window:
Here’s how to reset Microsoft Edge back to factory default.
Click the three dots in the upper-right corner.
On the left, click Reset settings.
Click Reset settings to their default values.
Click Reset on the window that pops up.
Resetting your browser should improve its performance.
If none of the above solutions has fixed the problem — you’ve cleaned your browser completely and still no change — try a different browser. Learn which web browser is the fastest, and once you’ve made your choice, set that browser as your default.
You can go with another well-known browser, such as Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. But these browsers may sacrifice security for other needs. Instead, choose a browser that puts your security and privacy at the forefront.
Avast Secure Browser comes with all the features necessary for a secure browsing experience. You don’t need to add any third-party extensions and watch the browser slow to a crawl. It’s already designed to keep your browsing private and secure from the start.
A browser should be secure without requiring add-ons. Avast Secure Browser is carefully designed and maintained by privacy and performance experts. It blocks ads without needing an extension, and it blocks malicious websites automatically. Enjoy better browsing today.