Browser Runs Slow in Windows® XP
What are the causes for slow running of browser in Windows XP? Discuss ways to fix the issue.The web browser is a very important component of a system. A browser helps in surfing through different websites on the Internet. At times, it is possible that you might get some issues with the browser used in Windows XP system. One of the issues can be the slow running of the browser. You can see the browser taking much time to open up in the system. It may take much time to load some websites in the system. The online downloading tasks may also get slowdowns. There may be a number of reasons for browser slowdown issues in Windows XP Operating System. The most possible reasons for the issues is the browser cache. The browser usually stores details of all recently visited websites and downloads in cache memory. As the cache memory starts getting occupied, the browser starts getting slowdowns. Viruses included in the browser due to the visiting of infected website may also cause slowdown issue. Expired plug-ins or add-ons in the browser may also result in slowdowns.
Following are some tips to fix the issue of slow running of browser in Windows XP Operating System:
- Clear browsing cache
- Run virus scan
- Update browser
Clear browsing cacheThe most possible step to fix the browser slowdown issue is to clear the browser cache. The cache clearing is different for different browsers. To clear Mozilla Firefox cache, you need to select 'Options' tab and in the 'Privacy' icon select the 'Privacy Data Area'. Finally, click on 'Clear Now' option. To clear Internet Explorer cache, select 'Edit' and 'Preferences'. In the 'Advanced' tab, select 'Empty Now' option. To clear Google Chrome cache, select 'Options' and under the 'Under the Hood' tab, select 'Clear browsing data'. You need to then check the 'Empty the cache' and select 'everything' under 'Clear data from this period'.
Run virus scanYou may get slowdowns in Internet browser due to some viruses infection in the browser. To fix the issue, you need to scan the browser with some good virus removal tools. To do this, you need to reboot the system in safe mode with networking. You need to then install virus remover from genuine websites. Boot the system in normal mode and start scanning the browser with the virus remover to get rid of virus infection.
Update browserNext step to fix browser slowdowns is to update the browser. It is possible that the browser might have got expired. Some extensions in the browser may also get expired. As you update the browser, appropriate patches and fixes are added to it which resolve many errors in the browser. You need to just connect the browser to websites and install updates in the system.