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Browser Problems? FAQ

“Browser Problems? FAQ”.

Greetings Treasure Hunters, etc.,

I’m addressing common questions about and possible solutions to common browser problems.

The success rate of the use of my following tips may vary due to many hardware and software computer configurations.

 

1. Run your anti-virus and anti-malware softwares often. I’m online about eight plus hours a day so I usually run my anti-virus and anti-malware softwares twice a day. About April, 2012, my anti-virus program improved so I now run my anti-virus software left often until I notice my computer’s operating system slowing down again. Then at those times I will start running my anti-virus software more often.

So this maybe a good rule basis for you, run your anti-virus and anti-malware softwares every four hours or sooner if your computer’s operating system begins to slow down.

However, I suggest mostly running “Quick” scans on my computers as I have multiple hard drives of large capacities which need to be checked for malware, etc. So unless you have fast anti-virus and anti-malware softwares on your computer with small hard drive capacities then I suggest running “Quick” scans most often. If you run the complete computer’s anti-virus scan remember your computer may have to stay “awake” (stay on), for a while thus the settings in Miscrosoft Windows’ Control Panel’s “System and Security” area in the “Power Options” selection area needs to change the then selected “Change when the computer sleeps” settings to permit enough time to run a possibly time-consuming complete computer’s anti-virus scan. Then after the complete computer’s anti-virus scan has complted change the “Change when the computer sleeps” setting back to your preferred normal settings, I use “30 minutes” for energy saving and to maximize my computer’s life.

2. In addition to my anti-virus and anti-malware softwares, I sometimes use SpyBlaster software which eases the work load on my anti-virus and anti-malware softwares thus I do not have to run my anti-virus and anti-malware softwares more often. Usually the Spyblaster program needs to be installed after your anti-virus, etc. programs.

SpyBlaster software

3. Download freeware, shareware and trial softwares from CNET.com, a proven virus free internet source for much softwares and information. An exception to this aforementioned rule is well-known sites like “Microsoft Update”, and many big name brand softwares.

CNET.com

4. Remove unused and no longer wanted softwares from your computer’s hard drive(s). Every software you install on your computer increases the work load and speed of loading/opening websites, etc. on your computer. So stick to the basic core of softwares you regularly use. I recommend “Revo Uninstaller Pro” to remove unwanted softwares from your computer. “Revo Uninstaller Pro” removes trace files and directories that Microsoft operating system does not with Microsoft’s “Program Uninstalled” feature. And there are more features such as the “Junk File Cleaner” option that I recommend. I’ve used “Revo Uninstaller Pro” for over four years without a mishap.

RevoUninstaller software

5. I do not recommend directory cleaners and/or tuners softwares, as I have found those softwares damage my operating system and remove files that I want too often.

6. In the Microsoft operating systems is a program called “Disk Cleanup” in the “All Programs” directory, to access “Disk Cleanup” click the bottom left Windows blue ball with Windows logo icon inside to use the “All Programs” directory in the resulting opened tab. Next click the “Accessories” folder link and then click “System Tools” folder link and finally click “Disk Cleanup” and check mark desired features to clean up after the hard drive you want cleaned. I select/check mark all the available features at this time on my “Disk Cleanup” runs. Usually the “C:” hard drive is where your operating systems and additional softwares are located, so selected “C:” hard drive if the aforementioned applies to you.

7. Check your automated downloading settings on any automatic downloading software(s) and do not download more often than once a day per software unless otherwise really required, (then maybe manually download this software instead). Downloading software takes much of your computer’s resources and really slows your computer down to a crawl.

8. I do not suggest using the “Disk defragment” also in the “System Tools” folder much if at all as the results using the Disk Defragmenter” usually increase your Computer’s speed very briefly, if at all. But if all the aforementioned fail to speed up your computer, then go ahead.

9. There many additional steps that can be taken such as “Deleting Browser History; Temporary Files, Cookies, etc.”, but do not select deleting your saved/stored passwords on your computer’s operating system.

The aforementioned is just a starter for the typical Microsoft Windows Operating Systems, so do your research on the internet for more issues that you may encounter or for your computer’s unique configuration using your favorite search engine, (Yahoo, Google, Bing, etc.)

10. Another issue is “enabling cookies” problems in Windows 7; Internet Explorer 8/9/10/11 and Firefox browsers is I checked all cookie and script settings to no avail. Then I recalled that I got a new internet modem and I set the internet modem to block cookies on the modem’s manufacturer’s setting’s webpage. Once I changed this setting back to original state, I had no more problems. The “enabling cookies” problems were not being able to login to websites by failure of the browser’s ability to redirect to login webpage from the lack of cookies.

Also see my current “About” webpage’s tab’s sub-menu titled “Website software I now Use,” for some of my website backup procedures.

 

Good luck and happy computing,

David E Ros, Editor, Treasure Hunter and Webmaster Owner

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July 23, 2011
Revised: 11-8-2011; 1-4-2012; 4-8-2012; 6-14-2012; 6-15-2012; 7-4-2012; 10-26-2013; 2-21-2015
 

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