Now that we have reviewed how to maximize a wireless connection and what type of sites can slow your experience, it’s time to make sure that your computer is primed for web browsing.

Part Three – Computer Issues

  • Viruses or malware on your computer – When your computer is infected with a virus, your internet connection is usually one of the first casualties.  In fact, many viruses aim to disable your connection to the web.  Spyware and Adware, which are programs that follow you as you travel around the Internet gathering information, can also slow your browsing experience.  Currently, several major browsers are working to allow you to disable these software programs.
  • Too many programs running at once– Make sure that you aren’t running too many programs in the “background.” Sometimes a slow Internet connection is actually a result of slow computing.  If you have several programs open that demand a lot from your computer’s processor, then your browser will respond slower as well.  Remember, your browser is still a computer program and can be affected by other, non-Internet based, programs.
  • Outdated version of your browser As the web continues to evolve, so do the computer programs that create websites.  If you don’t update your browser often, it may not be able to read all of the “languages” that make up a website and that will slow down or completely interrupt your online experience.  Most browsers will tell you when updates are available but allow you to choose whether to run those updates.  While it can seem like a hassle, keeping up-to-date will make your browsing experience much better.

These are only a few of the most easily treated and common reasons why your computer may be running slowly.  If you notice that your computer isn’t as fast as it used to be, check out TotalTech, our comprehensive program that can optimize your computer’s hard drive, remove viruses and malware, troubleshoot browser issues and more.  Visit our website or call 1-888-723-4932.

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