If your webpages are taking a long time to load, paying some attention to your browser can make things go faster. Modern browsers tend to hold onto a lot of information, which can be handy for finding things quickly — but not so great for speed.
First, let’s take a look at the different kinds of browsing data, and then review solutions for tidying things up.
History is the archive of all of the sites you have visited since the first time you used your browser. History can be useful for finding a site you visited earlier in the week, but months of history can bog things down. Clearing this data out of the way will speed up your web browsing speeds a bit.
Cookies are pieces of data that your browser picks up when you visit sites. They can be helpful in storing user names and preferences for certain sites. They also store other information about you that can be used by advertisers, such as Zip code and search info. Cookie data stacks up pretty quickly, taking up browser memory space.
The cache stores your data from websites so the pages load faster on future visits. The problem with this is over time this old cache stacks up. The cache will constantly overwrite itself without deleting the old stuff. This bulk of data can slow down your browser and cause cache requests to get confused and misfire. Clearing your cache data every month or so is recommended.
Advertisements and pop-ups can take up loading time when surfing the web. Some advertisements even use audio and video which can take up data. Removing ads can help web pages load faster and look cleaner. AdBlock and AdBlock Plus are good browser add-ons for blocking ads. You can find the version of ad block that works with your browser by Googling the words “ad block” with the name of the browser you are using.
Most browsers allow you to clear all of your browsing data including your cookies, browsing history and cache at once.
If you're using Internet Explorer 9 or higher:
* Open Internet Explorer
* Click on the tools menu on your toolbar, represented by a gear icon
* Click on Safety and select Delete Browsing History
You will this confirmation message at the bottom of the window when the process is complete.
If you're using Google Chrome:
* Open Google Chrome
Exit and reopen your browser
If you're using Safari:
* From the Safari menu select Clear History and Website Data (which includes cookies and cache)
* Restart the browser by exiting and reopening it
If you're using Firefox:
* Open your Firefox browser
* Click on the Menu button and select History and then Clear Recent History
Exit all browser windows and reopen the browser
You should notice an improvement in how your pages load after clearing up some of this data. If you want to check your upload and download speeds, you can perform a speed test on sites such as Speedtest.net.