Is Your Computer Slow? Try Resetting Your Browser

Often I get calls like this:  “My computer is slow,” or “The Internet is slow.”  Is it really your computer that is slow?  This would show up when you are using installed applications like Word or Excel.  Or is your Internet experience slow?  You have run an Internet speed test, and your speed and bandwidth are fine, but still everything on the web is a slow as molasses.

Often this can be a sign that your web browser has been hijacked by malware, adware, spyware, or tracking software of some sort.  There is an easy fix –  just reset your browser and clear out any unwanted or unnecessary browser extensions or plug-ins.  Most people have more than one web browser, so you should reset all of them.  Here are some links to instructions on how to take care of this yourself.

Try these solutions.  Your computer may resume functioning at the speed you remember.

If this doesn’t help, then maybe you have an application or service that is consuming a ridiculous percentage of processor cycles, RAM, or hard disk activity.  You can check that out using Task Manager.

Task Manager is an already built-in utility that can show you what is running active or in the background, and also what is loading at start-up.

Anti-malware software.  If you are using any form of McAfee, Kaspersky, or Norton/Symantec security software, uninstall those too.  These anti-malware products are known to slow down both computer and web browsing performance.  In my experience they are, in order:  Crap, made in Russia, and Crap.  Windows Defender is free and works better than the products named above.


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at
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