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Increase Your Browser Download Speed Easily

By Hanna Welch | September 13, 2019 |

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Read on to understand how your CPU and other specs can affect your download speeds and computer performance in general. Also, you will find out how to increase your browser download speeds easily.

Determining that Your Computer Can Download at High Speeds

The configuration of your computer is the number one indication of the download speed that you should expect. If you buy a high-quality system with the latest specs, before initiating an internet download, you will just need to make sure that you have enough space and a good internet connection. You can self-check and understand about specs before buying a computer. Read on to understand how your CPU and other specs can affect your download speed and computer performance in general.

When buying a new computer, you need to investigate the specs to make sure you’re getting the best deal. One way of ensuring that you have the best computer system is to get one with the best processor your budget can afford. It might be confusing since Intel uses the BMW style of branding whereby marketers push the Core i3, i5 and i7 as good/better/best. Buyers can easily take it to mean that the latest is always better (that Core i7 would trump Core i5, for example) and decide not to look to understand further than that. But the reality will surprise you.

This BMW style is all good and fair, but it doesn’t tell the full story.

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How to Select the Best Processor

Intel names each generation of Core chips uniquely. For example, when shopping, you will come across names such as Skylake, Bridge, Haswell, Sandy, and Kaby Lake. The latest generation is Ice Lake. With each generation, we know to expect better in terms of features and the type as well as the level of technology used. All chips are measured in nanometres, and with each new Core chip generation introduced, the size reduces. The better the performance, the smaller the size. They have gone down from 45 nm to 32nm to 22nm to the current 14nm.

When Intel decreases the size of transistors, they fit more of them on each new chip. As a result, each release comes with new and better features. Telling the generation in a particular Core is easy. You just have to understand Intel’s naming style. For example, a Core i7-6820 is a sixth-generation chip, while a Core i7-7500 is from the seventh generation of the same CPU version. According to Intel, you just need to pay attention to the first digit after the dash, and the last three are the Stock-keeping unit value, or SKU (in this case, 500 is the SKU).

Thus, when buying a computer and looking for the best configuration for faster downloads and better performance, check the number. The higher numbers mean your PC will have better performance and vice versa.

The newer versions of Intel’s processors come with graphics co-processors. The co-processor also has a generation number. Just know that you can tell that a graphics chip is the best if it has its branding. Bottom line, if you want a computer that just fires up and goes, get the latest or newest Intel processor.

For the first months after buying or putting together your computer, it will definitely be fast. The older it gets, the slower the processor becomes. There are quite a number of factors why your download speeds reduce over time. You can try, for the most part, to fix or correct performance-related issues. But first, you will have to understand the exact factor causing or contributing to the slow download speeds and try to fix it.

Some factors that contribute to slow download speeds include the following:

  • Issues with your router settings.
  • DNS server problems.
  • Network interference.
  • Background programs that use up most of your bandwidth.
  • An old processor.

The list is very long and deserves full outlining with the complete details in a separate article. For now, you can find out how to increase browser download speeds easily.

Fixes: How to Make a Browser Download Faster

Fix 1: Try getting rid of add-ons and browser extensions. You might be encountering slow browser download speeds because the temporary internet cookies, caches and history are loaded. To delete them when browsing on Internet Explorer:

  • First, exit Internet Explorer. 
  • Exit all other instances of Windows Explorer.
  • Go to Start > Control Panel, select Network and Internet and then double-click Internet Options.
  • Under the General tab, under Browsing history, click Delete.
  • Select Temporary Internet Files and website files, Cookies and website data, History, and then click Delete.

If you’re browsing on Firefox, go to the Menu bar and click on Options. Go to Privacy & Security. Then go to Cookies and Site Data and click Clear Data. Make sure both options on the screen are checked and click Clear.

Fix 2: At times, your browser download speed might be slow because you’re using an outdated version of your browser. Go to the browser’s official website and download the latest version. If you’re using Explorer, visit Microsoft.com; if you’re on Firefox, then visit Mozilla.com.

Fix 3: If you’re running on a DSL connection, then use the DNS filters on your phone lines. These will help to reduce the line noise and, as a result, directly increase the speed of your internet downloads. The point is, if there is noise or interference on the line, the browser download speeds decrease.

Fix 4: When possible, use shorter cables. You can consider shorter telephone cables and the Cat5 Ethernet cable. The shorter cable means that your electronic data travels a shorter distance and thus your browser download speed increases. If the cable is longer, the travel time taken is longer, resulting in reduced browsing speeds, which are the equivalent of longer download times.

Fix 5: To increase your download speeds, perform disk defragmentation regularly. This is easy to do. Simply follow these steps:

  • Click the Windows Start button.
  • Enter a file search for Defrag.
  • Follow the prompts to complete the defragmentation process.

You can also defrag your drive by following a simple shortcut process. Open your MS-DOS prompt and then type defrag your_drive_letter: /O at the prompt. Press Enter on your keyboard and wait until the process completes. That’s all.

Fix 6: Your download speed might be slow because of malware or viruses on your system. Your computer might be infected, so check if there are any infections. If you have an antivirus tool installed on your PC, run it to detect and delete malware.

Why Is Google Chrome Download Speed So Slow?

You might also experience slow download speeds on your Chrome browser. If that is the case, you can start by checking if there is a Chrome extension running in the background as it will be decreasing bandwidth and causing your downloads to be slower.

To disable your Chrome extensions:

  1. Launch Chrome and, in the top right corner, locate the three dots, which are the Menu.
  2. Click More tools > Extensions.
  3. Turn off the extensions one by one and check your download speed.

You can also turn off all your extensions at once. Use a one-click solution called Disable Extensions Temporarily, which is free and straightforward, to temporarily disable all your extensions. If you change your mind, you can easily re-enable them all in a one-click move since Chrome has a memory form feature which remembers all the extensions that were previously enabled.

Alternatively, while browsing and downloading on Chrome, you can increase your speed using the following steps:

  1. Open the Chrome Menu. Select Settings. Click Privacy and Security.
  2. Find and enable the option Preload pages for faster browsing and searching. Chrome follows this command to preload pages that you’re likely to visit. This helps to increase the speed of your browsing.

You can also clear your browsing data to create more space. To get started:

  1. Open your Chrome Menu and navigate to More tools. Select the Clear browsing data option.
  2. Locate and check the box Cookies and other site data. Also check the Cached images and files box.
  3. From the Time range dropdown menu, select the option for All time.
  4. Click Clear data.

Lastly, if you still want to know how to make a browser faster in downloading and you’re on Chrome, here are some extra tips and fixes:

  • Shut down all memory-occupying processes.
  • Close all tabs and windows not being used.
  • Delete most bookmarks.
  • Disable all browser plugins.
  •  Reinstall your browser.
  • Get a Chrome clean-up tool for your OS.
  • Change DNS servers.
  • Disable hardware acceleration.

If you follow our tips, your browser will surely be in great condition. 

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