Ensuring that your computer is running efficiently is very important, as is being able to browse the web with ease. Lagging internet can be very frustrating, and although most of the time this is down to your internet speeds, there are steps you can take to lessen the lag.
With reference to point 1 above, if you have more than one browser program installed, choose the one you want and delete the others.
Whichever browser is default for you, (whether it be Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.), you may have toolbars installed that do not need to be there. Toolbars are those annoying bars that appear underneath your address bar at the top of the page. These normally appear after you’ve downloaded something from an untrustworthy site.
To remove these toolbars, first check if the toolbar has been installed as a program in your computer’s Programs (see point 1). If you see a toolbar installed, simply uninstall it and then follow the below steps:
- Chrome – Click the Menu (☰) button, hover over “Tools”, and then click “Extensions”. Find the toolbar in the list of installed extensions and click the trashcan icon to remove it. Restart your browser.
- Firefox – Click the Menu (☰) button and select “Add-ons”. Click the “Extensions” tab and locate the toolbar that you want to remove. Click Remove to uninstall it. Restart your browser.
- Internet Explorer – Click the Gear icon and select “Manage add-ons”. This will open a new window. Select “Toolbars and Extensions” in the left menu, and then find the toolbar you want to remove. Click Disable to remove it.
- Safari – Click the Safari menu and select “Preferences”. Click the “Extensions” tab. Select the toolbar that you want to remove and click Uninstall. Restart your browser.
Clear browser cache
Browser cache can take up a lot of space and therefore make a browser to slow down. Browser cache essentially stores the pages you have once visited to allow for faster viewing should you return. Many of us would visit enough webpages in one day to increase our browser cache. You can clear cache easily by following the steps outlined in the link below.
Learn how to clear your browser cache
BroadbandSearch.net has put together a detailed articled on when you should/shouldn’t delete your history/cache.
Learn more about deleting browser history
Remove Extenions and Add-ons
Browsers such as Chrome and Firefox allows you to install a multitude of extensions and add-ons that attach themselves to your for ease of use. Some of these include an Ad Blocker, for example. If is recommended to uninstall and remove any unused extensions or add-ons in your browser.