Monday, March 4, 2013

Why Does Your Laptop or PC Bog Down When You Are Surfing the Web?

Having a sluggish computer can be irritating at times, particularly when you consider the Internet to be an important part of your everyday living. We can do online business and personal transactions such as sending out e-mail messages, using Web browsers to look up for information and stuff, posting video recordings and other things that can only be done through the Internet. And because of these and other associated actions, our computers store so many online files and conduct so much Internet traffic that our laptops or PCs begin to slow down; installing a good paid or free antivirus solution can help you resolve this issue. The three main areas that may cause your computer to bog down is its available Random-Access Memory (RAM) and Central Processing Unit (CPU) memory, Internet browser or search engine cache, and issues with its hardware.

When it comes to your RAM and CPU storage and memory, your computer begins to creep along when both its RAM and CPU storage are nearing their full capacity. It is now unable to run additional applications and programs so you will need to take out those that are not important for your computer's functions. A list of programs can be found in the "Auto-Start" utility of our PCs or laptops. These unwanted applications only eat up your memory and available system resources. However, you must not disable or remove programs that help your computer run better and faster such as up-to-date anti-malware solutions and firewall utilities, you should only keep an eye out for any software or program that is needlessly using up your available memory.

Your Web browser storage or cache enables your computer to access Internet sites and provides for smooth traffic between servers. Dial-up Internet service providers use the cache or storage file as the means to run webpages and download images or program files from the Web. By using your search engine or browser's cache, you are assured of quick response and download times each time you access the same file or item. Your paid or free antivirus program can be set up to allow these downloads or alert you each time that you download the said items.

You PC or laptop uses the Web browser or search engine cache to create replicas of the item that you want to access and download so each time that you click on that file, you are essentially looking at a copy that is generated by your computer. Problems happen when your PC or laptop is having difficulty in copying and generating larger files or accessing multiple files at the same time, thus causing it to slow down and resulting in slower Web browsing and usage times.

Slow Internet run times also happen if you are having difficulties with your hardware such as your DSL (Direct Subscriber Line) or cable service provider. The first thing that you should do in these occasions is to call or get in touch with the Internet access provider after you had checked your modem for any instance of malfunction or damage.

You can also manually check on your hardware by doing the following steps:

Run the "Task Manager" application and look for active programs and processes. Through the said application, you can see the statistical listing of each of the activated processes and programs. For example, you might not know it but the Photoshop program that you normally use may be causing your computer to bog down; you can't pull up webpages quickly to check on your e-mail messages and review your work ideas. You then run the "Task Manager" application only to find out that the Photoshop program is practically using up all of the available CPU storage. Your computer speeds up again the moment that you close down the Photoshop program.

Clean the browser or search engine cache and webpage cookies that have been temporarily stored in your PC or laptop. Webpage cookies are usually cached and stored for up to 30 days, although you can change this to have the cookies available for 90 days. Potentially dangerous cookies, especially those used by malware, can be screened out by the paid or free antivirus program that you have installed in your laptop or PC. Cookies are temporary files that need to be cleaned up to enable your browser to accelerate its run times. If you cancel out these files from the list of start-up options, you can free up much-needed memory resources that your laptop or PC can then use to log into the Web.

Restart your cable or DSL modem. The simplest way to do this is to disconnect your cable or DSL modem from its power outlet and leaving it so for five or even up to fifteen minutes. By doing this, you are ensuring that the modem does not have any traces of static electricity on it. Afterwards, you can then put the modem back in its power outlet and have it restarted; you can then see how much faster it runs. If this action does not speed up your modem or your own Internet browsing, you should contact your Internet access provider about this issue and other similar system troubles that you are currently experiencing.

The three areas mentioned above are the main reasons why we sometimes experience slow Web access and run times. By reviewing them and keeping them in mind, you can tweak your PC or laptop and make it run faster. Sometimes slow Internet connection and running times can happen frequently and it would be wise on your part to fix up these issues as soon as possible. By doing this, you can save on time and financial resources and avoid potential bouts of frustration. Having a capable and effective anti-malware tool, either as a paid suite of programs or as a free antivirus download, can also help you speed up your Internet and computer run times.

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