Slow Browser? Simple Tips to Speed up Internet Explorer and Firefox

A lot of people complain that they have a slow computer, but in reality they are suffering from a slow browser. When it comes to speed, Internet Explorer is by far the worst. However, even Firefox can be slower than you like. Luckily, it’s easy enough to speed up Internet Explorer and Firefox. All you need to do is follow these simple tips.

Set your homepage to blank

Do you always want to see a specific page when you start browsing the web? If yes, then skip this tip. If not, then it makes sense to set your homepage to blank. This will make your browser load faster. If you use Internet Explorer, simply go to Tools – Internet Options – General tab and click on Use blank in the homepage section.

Slow Browser? Simple Tips to Speed up Internet Explorer and Firefox

Firefox users will need to click on the orange Firefox button, go to Options – General and select Show a blank page from the drop-down menu.

Slow Browser? Simple Tips to Speed up Internet Explorer and Firefox

Control the cache

Every single Web browser uses cache to store images and other Temporary Internet Files. In theory, this makes previously visited websites load faster. But in reality a bloated cache slows down browsing and takes up a lot of hard drive space. The solution is to clear the cache on a regular basis.

Here is how you can clear the cache in Internet Explorer:

    •  Open Internet Explorer and press Ctrl+Shift+Del
    •  Now check Temporary Internet Files, Cookies and History checkboxes

Slow Browser? Simple Tips to Speed up Internet Explorer and Firefox

  •  Click Delete and close the browser

If you use Firefox, then do the following:

  • 1. Click on the Firefox button and then go to Options

Slow Browser? Simple Tips to Speed up Internet Explorer and Firefox

  • Navigate to the Advanced panel and then go to the Network tab
  • Click on the Clear Now button in the Offline Storage section and then click OK

Decrease the size of your cache

Like many default settings in Windows, the Internet Explorer cache setting is not perfect. By default the cache is too large. Fortunately, it’s easy to decrease the size of browser cache to prevent bloat and speed up browsing. Here is how:

  • Click on the Tools button and go to Internet Options
  • Go to the General tab
  • Under Browsing history, click on the Settings button
  • In the window that appears, set the disk space to 50MB. In theory, you could set the cache size to as low as 8MB, but that will render the cache useless.
  • Click OK to apply the changes

Firefox has an option for you to resize the cache as well:

  • Click on the Firefox button and then click on Options
  • Go to the Advanced pane, check the Override automatic cache management and set the cache to 50MB
  • Click OK to close Options

Disable RSS feeds in Internet Explorer

Are you subscribed to any RSS feeds? If the answer is no, then you don’t need Internet Explorer’s RSS Feeds. And if you are, then you probably use a third-party feed reader and don’t need Internet Explorer’s RSS Feeds anyway. To add insult to injury, Internet Explorer’s RSS Feeds slows down your browser. Who needs a useless feature that makes your computer slow? Disabling it is very easy:

  • Go to Tools, select Internet Options and select the Content tab
  • In the Feeds and Web Slices section, click on Settings
  • Uncheck everything and click OK

Enable pipelining in Firefox

HTTP pipelining is a feature that allows the browser to send multiple requests to a single socket without waiting for the corresponding responses. Enabling it can significantly speed up page loading.

To enable pipelining, do the following:

  • Open Firefox, type about:config in the address bar and hit Enter. Click I’ll be careful, I promise! if it appears

Slow Browser? Simple Tips to Speed up Internet Explorer and Firefox

  • Enter network.http.pipelining into the filter box
  • Double-click on network.http.pipelining to set the value to true
  • Now do the same for your proxy server. Find the value and check that network.http.proxy.pipelining is set to true as well
  • Now find and double-click network.http.pipelining.maxrequests and set the number of pipelining requests to 8 and click OK. Eight is the maximum number of pipelining requests currently available
  • Return to browsing the Web and enjoy the extra speed!

These simple tips will help you speed up your browser and have a better Web experience. Please let us know in comments if you still facing any problem.

 

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Author – Liz Cornwell. Liz Cornwell is an experienced writer who currently works for Auslogics Software. Auslogics makes software to speed up and clean up your slow computer.

Make Computer Run Faster with These Easy Tips

A slow computer can be both frustrating and time-consuming. There are ways to speed up your computer and have it running smoothly. Use the provided suggestions to easily enhance your computer speed.

Make your Computer Run Faster with These Easy Tips

Free up Disk Space

Each computer comes with a tool called disk cleanup. This tool is used to free up space on your computer and to enhance the computers performance. When you perform a disk cleanup, the tool recognizes unneeded files on the PC, such as programs that you no longer use. You have the option of deleting only selected files or all identified unnecessary files. It then works to safely remove the unneeded files, freeing up computer space.

Speed up Date Access

Files that are fragmented on the computer slow down the computers speed. Each time you open a file the computer must search the hard drive of the PC in order to piece that file together. The process of opening the file is slowed down when it is fragmented and it can be hard to work with other programs during the time lapse.

A disk defragmenter is a tool provided on the computer. The tool works to defragment files and store them neatly in an organized space. When the files are stored on a single disk space, reading and writing to the disk is much quicker. You should use the defragmenter at least once each week or after adding a large amount of files to the computer.

Repair Disk Errors

After using the hard drive of your computer for a while, it can develop bad sectors. A bad sector will make file saving difficult and slow down computer performance. The computer comes with an error checking utility that checks your computer for the bad sectors. Once the utility finds the sectors, such as misplaced files, it places them in the correct place. Using the error checking utility once a week will enhance your computer speed.

Add External Memory

When the computer is packed with a large amount of information the overall running process can be slowed down. You can purchase different types of external memory devices to hold files, folders or programs from your PC. External memory devices allow you to free up space on the computer’s hard drive by placing selected files onto the device. The files are still readily accessible, but will not sacrifice your computer speed.

External memory can be a USB device or an external memory card. The devices can fit up to 64GB of extra memory, allowing large amounts of programs and files to be stored on them.

Remove Computer Spyware

A computer that does not have a virus protector will typically have spyware. Spyware enters the computer while you are using an internet browser. It tracks the activity on your computer and can access your personal information. Make your Computer Run Faster with These Easy Tips Spyware can access your user-names, passwords, bank, credit card and other personal information. Not only does it violate your privacy, the spyware slows your computer down drastically.

You can easily prevent spyware from accessing your computer by downloading a virus protector. You’re typically unaware that the spyware has even accessed your computer without running a virus protector program.

The virus protector will recognize the spyware and prevent it from entering your computer or remove it should it already be present on the PC. You can purchase a virus protector or find a program for free online. Many companies selling the virus protectors allow you to download a trial of the program and try it out before deciding to make a final purchase.

 

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Author: Diane Johnson primarily writes about online classes and anything else that interests her. She enjoys shopping, running, and traveling. Image Credit –  prasan.naik

How To: Use Chrome Address Bar as a Calculator?

Chrome Address Bar as a Calculator Using windows online calculator for arithmetic task sometimes create headache. It is made small and easy to make arithmetic calculations but as these days’ people need everything they use in one place, make this useful calculator useless.

Don’t know about you guys but I was totally surprise when I first saw this – ‘Arithmetic Calculation on Browsers Address bar’ at labnol.

Really, think how easy this could be, if you type everything from your calculation on chrome address bar and the result comes out in a second? Amazing, isn’t?

Use Chrome Address Bar as a Calculator

To calculate, you do not have to do anything just type you the calculation you want to calculate directly into the address bar, and then Google will answer your query as a ‘search suggestion’. But this will only work if you have selected Google as your default search engine on Chrome.

Use Chrome Address Bar as a Calculator

This only works in Google Chrome and IE, but if you are using Firefox you do not have to type your calculation on address bar, instead of this type on the Google Search box, for instance see the above screenshot.

How To: Increase Your Copy Files Speed?

If you’re moving or copying a single file of a small size in windows then it will copy or move fast with speed but in case if you’re moving or copying a big file, like you’re moving two folders of 10k wallpaper in it, then it would take lots of your time. You won’t believe last time one of my friends asked for few types of wallpaper in his USB and it took 30 minutes for me to transfer all in his USB.

To increase your copy files speed from slow to extra super fast speed you need to install software, by default inbuilt copy file software we already have in our windows but to make it extra fastwe need them. There are many third parties free and paid copying tools are available but I list only those which are free and used by me.

TeraCopy – Copy your files faster and easier

TeraCopy is a compact program designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed, providing their Windows 7 / Vista / XP user with a lot of features for free.
Copy files faster – TeraCopy uses dynamically adjusted buffers to reduce seek times. Asynchronous copy speeds up pc file transfer between two physical hard drives.
Pause and resume file transfers – Pause copy process at any time to free up system resources and continue with a single click.
Error recovery – In case of copy error, TeraCopy will try several times and in the worse case just skip the file, not terminating the entire transfer.
Interactive file list – TeraCopy shows failed file transfers and lets you fix the problem and recopy only problem files.
Shell integration – TeraCopy can completely replace Explorer copy and move functions, allowing you work with files as usual.
Full Unicode support – Windows 7 x64 support.

TeraCopy Pro – You can also buy a Pro version of the program that lets you help in copying / moving files to favorite folders. You can select files with the same extension / same folder, remove selected files from the copy queue and more features are coming soon!Talent CopyAnother free tool to copy your files with super fast speed, it can speed up copying process up to 3 times than Windows but if you’re using windows XP this one is not for you it works only in Windows 7 and Windows Vista.Talent Copy uses advanced algorithm to limit empty HDD head moves, HDD waste, noise and power on file copying and increase file copy speed dramatically. Speed copy files in HDD friendly way, preventing HDD from wearing and damage, when source and destination are located on same physical drive. Speed is better than default windows copy and difference increase rapidly with increasing count of small files.

Download – TeraCopy
Download – Talent Copy

How To Use Hibernate At The Time of Shutdown

Have you ever wonder what you can do with Hibernate option which is present in your power option, no? Well its being a most useful program to save your time as it will start your system from where you have left last time.
Few days before from now I and my friend was sitting in my desktop searching for a way to decrease system startup time and bingo we found a new option which we have never heard before is ‘Hibernate’. We both was excited to know more how to use it, luckily I have a little brain inside my head which helped me finding the way to use it.

It’s inactive in every system so you need to activate it by clicking start > control panel > power option. Now by clicking on Hibernate tab you’ll find this window on your desktop, enable that hibernation option by marking up the box.

Then click on apply, okay and you’re done! Now when you’ll click on turnoff/shutdown system you’ll find the same three options ‘Stand By, Turn Off, Restart’ but when you’ll hold Shift key you’ll be wonder to see ‘Hibernate’ in place of ‘Stand By’. Click on that to shutdown.

After your computer shuts down and when you’ll start your computer it will start from there only where you have left last time, enjoy using it and save your time!

The Best Free Antivirus Software List – Microsoft

Few prefer to install free Antivirus Software were few want paid protector to protect system. Therefore, according to Microsoft here are the best free antivirus list.

Few free antivirus:
AVG – AVG Free provides the bare necessities when it comes to security, but that should be enough for savvy Windows users. You’ll get a combined antivirus and antimalware engine, LinkScanner, and e-mail scanning. AVG Free 9 introduces a few new features, with improvements focused on performance, including claims of faster scan and boot times. One new feature is the Identity Theft Recovery Unit. Only for users in the United States, ITRU is a business partnership with Identity Guard which provides “consumer identity theft solutions,” accessible only from the AVG toolbar in Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Link to Download AVGClick Here (File size – 2.03MB)

AVAST – After Avast 4.8 now they have launched Avast Free 5, best quality antivirus and a speed up scan with a well know company. Avast is remarkable for both its effectiveness and arguably providing the most complete free antivirus on the market. (My personal experience with them is awesome, I’m using for last 2 years)
Link to Download AVAST – Click Here (File size – 51.29MB)

AVIRA – Avira’s AntiVir has been a player in the security world for some time; however, in 2008 its status boomed because of its remarkably strong detection rates. It still remains near the top of independent antivirus efficacy tests, but while the 2009 version more or less kept pace with the competition, the 2010 edition isn’t quite as good as it could be.

Link to Download AVIRA Click Here (File size – 42.05MB)

Bitdefender – Confidently download, share and open files from friends, family, co-workers – and even total strangers. Protects against viruses and other malware using industry-leading technology. Scans all Web, e-mail and instant messaging traffic in real-time. Provides an unmatched detection rate of new threats based on two different proactive technologies. Blocks spyware programs that track your online activities. Protect your identity: shop, bank, listen and watch, privately and securely. Blocks web pages that attempt to steal your credit card data. Prevents personal information from leaking via e-mail, Web or instant messaging. Guard your conversations with top-of-the line encryption.
Link to Download Bitdefender Click Here (File size – 154.8K)

Few paid antivirus but with TRAIL 30Days:

Trend Micro – If you’re looking for a robust feature set from your security suite, and you want an affordable price, you could do worse than Trend Micro’s 2010 products. Trend Micro Internet Security Pro, Trend Micro Internet Security, and the stripped-down Trend Micro AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware have been refreshed, with the publisher claiming significant performance enhancements to each.

Link to Download Trend Micro – Click Here (File size – 88.38MB)

Norton – Norton Antivirus 2009 is available as a full-function download, free for 15 days. The Download Now link will direct you to the developer’s site where you’ll be asked to provide your e-mail address to download a file.

Link to Download Norton  – Click Here (File size – 21.74K)

Nod32 – As far as reputations go, ESET’s NOD32 is practically unimpeachable. Version 4 of the popular and effective antivirus and antispyware builds on that rep, emphasizing its community-sourced ThreatSense for preventing attacks before they occur, a slick interface, and some of the highest independently-tested detection rates married to low rates of false positives.
Link to Download Nod32 Click Here (File size – 37.51MB)

Kaspersky – Kaspersky Anti-Virus does a better-than-average job of keeping your PC safe, but it lacks the robust feature set of its more-expensive sibling. Several new features have made it into this version along with expected upgrades to the anti-virus engine, but one of the best–the Safe Run program sandbox–is sorely missed.
Link to Download Kaspersky – Click Here (File size – 66.44MB)

ThreatFire – ThreatFire offers real-time prevention of virus and malware infections by identifying suspicious behavior (“zero-day” events) as it happens, before malicious code installs itself on your PC. Formerly known as CyberHawk, ThreatFire has made some dramatic and noticeable feature improvements since it was bought by PC Tools.

Link to Download ThreatFire – Click Here (File size – 8.6MB)


You don’t have to worry for any type of viruses in your PC if one of these antivirus is with you, choice is yours which one you’ll select to fight from viruses in your PC.

Lock Folder Using Notepad

Wanted to lock folder but not having essential software to use? Don’t worry here i tell you the simplest method to lock folder in any your computer’s drive.
With notepad you can lock any of the folders without getting worry of forgetting password, limit of software, etc.
Just follow these steps and you’re done.
Suppose you want to lock any folder name wallpaper in drive F: whose path is F:wallpaper. Then open notepad and copy this code.


ren wallpapers wallpapers.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}

If wallpaper is your folder name then saves it as lock.bat in the same drive. Now open another notepad and copy this code.

ren wallpapers.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} wallpapers

Again save it as key.bat in the same drive and you’re done. Just you need to follow these 2 usages to run this trick.
1)To lock it simply clicks on loc.bat file.
2)To unlock it simple click on key.bat file.
Enjoy using it!