How to Optimize an Internet Browser

By Marge Burkell

Surfing the World Wide Web is a great experience, bringing information and news right into your home or office from all over the world. Make this experience even better by optimizing your Internet browser. Stop waiting for pages to load because you are running add-ons and programs that are not in use. By completing a few key steps, your browser will be able to pick up speed and load websites, videos and audio files faster and with fewer errors.

Step 1

Start optimizing your Internet Explorer by using the utilities built into Windows 7. By default, Internet Explorer Performance is included in the operating system. Close all the programs you are running on your computer. Click "Start," and then choose "Control Panel." Select "Find" and "Fix Problems" located under "System and Security." Click on "View All" on the task panel located on the left. Choose "Internet Explorer Performance" and "Next" in the dialogue box. Allow the program to run and fix any issues to optimize your Internet Explorer, and click "Close" when finished.Remove all add-ons not currently in use. Locate your add-ons by clicking on "Tools" from the toolbar. Scroll down, and select "Manage Add-ons." Choose any add-ons that are not currently in use, and remove or disable them as permitted. Each Internet Explorer add-on varies in how you can manage it. "Disable" allows you to keep the add-on in the browser for later reactivation, but not every one will allow you to do that. In that case, remove the unused program.Lower the amount of hard drive space the browser uses for caching websites. Click on "Tools," then "Internet Options"; then, under "Browser History," select "Settings," and lower the disk space to use to 50.

Step 2

Optimize Google Chrome by clicking on the "wrench" located to the far right of the toolbar, selecting "Options." Then choose the "Under the Hood" tab. Uncheck "Show suggestions for navigation errors," "Use a suggestion service" and "Help make Google Chrome better," and click on the "Close" button to save the settings.Remove or disable unused add-ons by choosing the "wrench" located on the toolbar and clicking on "Extensions." Select all extensions not currently in use, and disable them. This will allow you to enable them later without having to reinstall them. Restart Google Chrome to finish updating.Lower the cache used for storing websites by selecting the "wrench" and "Options" and clicking on "Under the Hood." Under "Network," select the "Proxy Settings" button. From the "General" tab, go to "Browsing History" and click on "Settings." Reset disk space to 50, and click on "OK."

Step 3

Remove or disable unused extensions in Mozilla Firefox by choosing "Tools" and scrolling down to select "Add-ons." Identify all add-ons not currently in use, and disable them using the button supplied. Restart Firefox to finish the update.Lower the browser offline cache storage. Select "Tools," and click on "Options." Lower "Offline Storage" to 50, and click "OK."

Step 4

Accomplish optimization of Mac's Safari with a program called "Safari Speed." Available for download at various websites, this software allows you to enable Safari's debug menu as well as speed up the browser. From the "Performance" tab, you can turn off the "Page loading delay" that slows down your browser. Disable the "Save favorite icons" feature to further speed up Safari. Under the "Features" tab, disable "PDF support" to optimize the browser. This will result in seeing previews of the document rather than having them fully load in your browser every time you encounter one.