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#163 Improve Browser Performance

April 18, 2013

If you are unsatisfied with your browsing speed, maybe it’s time for a little Spring Cleaning.  Here are three simple tips to improve performance in any browser:


1. Keep Fewer Tabs Open

Each tab that you have open will hog up a bit of RAM, so keeping many tabs open will bog down your computer by using up its resources.  And any tabs that contain flash content will especially drain resources.


2. Use Fewer Extensions and Add-ons

Just like tabs, each add-on you use will use up RAM.  To keep add-ons from slowing down your browser, disable or uninstall every add-on you don’t use.  Follow these links for more information on how to disable add-ons in Internet Explorer and Firefox.  If you are unsure what add-ons you should disable, please call us or email


3. Delete Your Cache and Browsing History

Your cache is actually meant to speed up browsing by storing pieces of websites locally to load the page faster when you return.  But if your cache grows too big, it will hinder performance because the browser has to dig through your cache to find the right files.  Follow these links for more information on how to clear your cache in Internet Explorer and Firefox.

You only need to remove your Temporary Internet Files.  Removing your cookies could change how certain websites behave.  If you have any questions on what you should or shouldn’t remove, feel free to call us or email

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