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Browser slow down

by coakleycrl / November 2, 2006 2:15 AM PST

I recently reformatted and installed Windows XP Home fresh on both my desktop and laptop. All worked fine even after getting updated until the last update on each. On the desktop it included Service pack 2 update but not on the laptop, it was a new update but still has only service pack 1. On each computer the browsers both IE6 and foxfire started running very slow. IT would take many seconds to get new pages open. On the laptop I restored and IE6 works fine but I am still having a problem with Foxfire and it also received a Foxfire update. Any idea how to fix this problem without restoring and losing the needed update? I have run XP on both systems for a good while and never had this problem.

My desktop is 1.3 gig with 512 meg of memory and the laptop is anToshiba 850 Mhz with 512 meg of memory.

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Slow Down
by gmperry / November 2, 2006 4:28 AM PST
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by coakleycrl / November 2, 2006 7:19 AM PST
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I'm sorry but I didn't see anything on that page about Foxfire. I"m not real good at this stuff so I may have missed something. Jim

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When you re-installed XP Home on both machines....
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 2, 2006 7:19 AM PST
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how long was it before you installed a firewall on each, an anti-virus on each, and some anti-spyware on each machine?

Did you do this before connecting to the internet on each?

It is said that an unprotected computer when first connected to the internet will be hacked or infected within minutes of first connecting.

What protection are you using now?


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by coakleycrl / November 2, 2006 7:22 AM PST

I installed the free Zonealarm and AVG as soon as I had windows installed and before I went online. I had the new versions on my flash drive before I installed. Jim

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That's fine.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 2, 2006 7:26 AM PST
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It is often a quick cause of browser and general performance slowdown.

Hopefully others here will have more suggestions for you.


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Have you...
by Papa Echo / November 2, 2006 7:53 AM PST
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...put in the correct settings for your ISP and Internet connections: IPs DNSs, Internet Protocol (IP/TCP... ?), Modem configuration (data comprwession,...)etc. ... or perhaps you are on broadband, in which case, in addition to the above, there are settings for the DSL modem, router....

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Windows Defender
by ithin / April 29, 2008 1:42 AM PDT
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Windows Defender can slow you down. I was having heavy slow down on browsing using IE or firefox. I can see my PF usage going up and the firefox.exe or Iexplore.exe memory usage is steadily going up. After some time, my PC slows down and almost at a standstill.

I tried all of the following.

1. Removed all spyware usiong at least 2 spyware programs.

2. No Visual specialities.

3. Removed Norton

Nothing worked.

But When ti tred the following I saw some improvement for some time.

1. Removed Windows defender
2. Stopped several of the services
3. Several startup programs
4. increased cache size (good one)
5. Started cleaning up the cache frequently.
6. Removed the keep checking the page for newer version option
7. Defragmented the drive.

Still my PC is slower than everything else I have.

I am going to add more memory to it., which might help.

XP is disappointing. I wonder why they stamped windows vista capable sticker on my PC. It would have been a disaster if I would have gone for it.

I am thinking of formatting the drive.

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Did you see the date of this discussion?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 29, 2008 4:40 AM PDT
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I would guess everyone has sorted their problems now.


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