23 Jul 2013

Speed up Your Browsing: Internet Explorer, Firefox & Chrome

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The below steps would be useful if you are facing a slow internet issue. 

Internet Explorer:

Clear the Cookies & Browsing History: Open your Internet Explorer and navigate to Internet Options from the Tools Menu. Click Delete under the General tab. Check Temporary Internet Files, Cookies and History and Delete them.

Reset All Zones to the Default Level: Click on the Security tab and Reset all zones to the default level.

Internet options

Disable Proxy: Click on LAN settings under the Connections tab and make sure there is no proxy is enabled.

Check the Hosts file: Press the Windows Key + R on your keyboard to get the Run Command Window. Type Drivers and press Enter. Navigate to Drivers > Etc. Inside the 'Etc' folder you could see a file named 'hosts'. Right click on the Hosts file and open it with Notepad. A healthy Hosts file should look like this:
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# Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
#      102.54.94.97     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#       38.25.63.10     x.acme.com              # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.
#       127.0.0.1       localhost
#       ::1             localhost
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Make sure the hosts file does not have any additional entries added below the last line.

Disable the Add-ons: Go to the Programs tab and click Manage Add-ons. Remove any unwanted toolbars as well as search providers.

Reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings: Now select the Advanced tab and click Reset. By resetting Internet Explorer settings, you return Internet Explorer to the state it was in when it was first installed on your computer. Please note that resetting the Internet Explorer to its default settings does not delete your favorites (bookmarks).

Mozilla Firefox:

Disable the Add-ons: Open your Mozilla Firefox and select Add-ons from the drop down menu. Click Extensions and remove any unwanted extensions. 

Reset your Firefox: Go to Help > Troubleshooting Information and Reset your Firefox.

mozilla firefox reset

Google Chrome:

Disable the Add-ons: Navigate to the Chrome Settings > Extensions and make sure if there is no unwanted extensions.

Reset your Chrome: Navigate to the Chrome Settings > Advanced Settings and Clear Browsing Data. Clear the history from the beginning of time. 

Chrome-reset

Dont forget to restart your browsers after performing the reset :)

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