Computer help forum: Online browsing speeds deteriorating over time

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) February 10, 2012 2:17 PM PST

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Online browsing speeds deteriorating over time

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 2/10/12 2:17 PM

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Online browsing speeds deteriorating over time; what could it be?


Over the last year or so, my computer has gotten slower and slower
when browsing the Web. I feel like getting a page to load takes four
times as long as it did just two years ago. I have plenty of free hard
drive space and 3GB of RAM. I'm running Windows XP and my machine is
about 5 years old. My antivirus and antispyware are all up-to-date.
For browsing, I use Internet Explorer 8 most of the time. My friend
recommended Firefox; I gave that a try, but I found it was even
slower. What could have changed? Are Web pages these days getting
heavier? Do I need to clean out my hard drive or something else? Maybe
it's my broadband speed--is there a way to test that? What could it
possibly be, as I'm out of ideas? Please help, it's getting to the
point where going online is not so enjoyable anymore!

- Submitted by Bill D.

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