How to Increase Browsing Speed on a PC

POSTED BY , UPDATED ON August 6th, 2013

how to increase browsing speed on a PC

The browsing speed on a PC is considered largely dependent on the bandwidth of the internet you get. However, sometimes when you are browsing the internet, you get slow browsing speed despite having a fast internet connection. This is due to several factors which may be slowing down the browsing process.

Here today we will discuss how to increase browsing speed on a PC and match it with the actual bandwidth that you are getting:


1. Choose the Right Browser

Surfing the internet is different in different browsers. This is largely due to the way browsers render the web pages (each browser renders the code of the webpage differently). You should always choose a browser which suits your taste and is according to your needs.

Internet Explorer is better from security and compatibility point of view while Google Chrome is the fastest and the most lightest browser. If you need flexibility and customization, you can use Firefox.


2. Disable Useless Toolbars and Add-ons

More often when we download any software or application from an un-trusted and insecure website, it downloads some toolbars and add-ons automatically. These toolbars and add-ons later become a hurdle because they demand memory and result in slow browsing.

All major browsers come with add-ons and toolbars. You can easily disable those add-ons and only enable them when needed.


3. Disable Flash

Disabling flash will also increase your browsing speed because it lowers the browser’s burdon when loading a web page. It is suggested to disable your Flash when you are dealing with slow internet connection.

To disable Flash, you have to install different extension according to your browser’s requirement. For Firefox users Flash block extension will work fine and for Chrome this Flashblock extension will work perfectly.


4. Clear Cookies, History and Cache

Cookies, history and caches are temporary browsing data which is maintained by every browser. But with the passage of time and with browsing large number of pages, the size of this data increases dramatically and a time comes, when your browser starts acting slowly because of its cache being full.

So to increase your browsing speed, it is suggested to delete and clear your cache and history once in a month for better performance.


5. Use RAM Instead of Hard Drive

RAM is faster than hard drive but the memory storage of Hard Drive is greater than RAM. Using RAM for storing your temporary web storage instead of hard drive will automatically increase your browser’s speed because this way your browser can access RAM much faster than it accesses the hard drive.

Here is a cool tutorial on how to move the Firefox or Chrome cache to a RAM disk.


6. Remove Bandwidth Hogs

It is often observed that certain softwares and applications start up when we start our internet browsers. These applications and softwares are bandwidth hogs that continuously use your bandwidth and doing no efficient work.

So always check your machine’s background process and analyze if any of them are using or accessing without your permission. If you find any, uninstall that program by using Control Panel’s program removal utility.


7. Increase Browser Data Cache

Increasing the size of your cache will also speed up your browser. Cache stores local versions of the web pages temporarily so that if a user opens the same web page again, it gets loaded from the local storage which is much faster than accessing it from the internet again.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to increase the browser data cache in Google Chrome.


8. Open Tabs Instead of New Windows

When browsing the internet, we often need to open many web pages simultaneously. Opening many pages means more memory consumption. Open the pages in new tabs instead of new windows. This will take less memory as compared to new browser windows.

In Google Chrome each tab acts as a separate process. If any of your tabs crashes, it can be resumed without restarting the whole browser.


9. Use Ethernet Instead of WiFi

Using wired connection instead of WiFi will also increase your browsing speed because data cables have have much more bit rate than wireless mediums.


Feel free to suggest any tip other than the ones mentioned above for increasing browsing speed on a pc in the comments section below!