How to Improve Internet Browser Performance

By Greyson Ferguson

When you first purchased your computer, you may have noticed the Internet browser ran far more smoothly than it is currently. If you find yourself in this situation, you may have a few options available to you to help improve the performance of your Internet browser. Although there are many different browsers available, most can be improved in the same way.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet browser

Step 1

Close out other computer programs when you are running the Internet. Other programs are going to take up RAM, and if too many programs are running at the same time you will experience slower performance.

Step 2

Remove excess programs from your computer. If your computer is down to its last few megabytes of hard drive space, everything is going to run slower, including the Internet browser. Open the "Control Panel" and select "Add or Remove Programs." Scroll through this list and remove all programs you no longer use.

Step 3

Defragment your hard drive (click on "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories," "System Tools," Disk Defragmenter" or "Start," "All Programs," "System Tools," Disk Defragmenter"). This reorganizes your computer storage and increases the performance for most programs, including your browser.

Step 4

Launch your Internet browser and clean out all of the old history, cookies and cache files. After a while these items can begin to bog down a Web browser and significantly slow it down. If this is the case for you select the "Tools" option and clear out the saved private data. You should perform this task every few weeks to speed up the Internet browser.

Step 5

Contact your Internet provider. Websites are placing more videos and graphics onto the site, making them harder to open. Upgrade the speed of your Internet connection. You should right away see an increase in performance with your Internet browser.