Make this change if your browser is slowing down to a crawl

Oct 10, 2023, 4:15 AM

Person looks stressed at laptop...

(Pexels File Photo)

(Pexels File Photo)

Quick! What’s the one app you use more than just about any other? I bet it’s your browser. It takes you everywhere online. But with countless extensions and tools, not to mention the complexity of today’s websites, we’re working them to death.

That consistently high demand on your computer’s resources can exhaust your machine, especially laptops. Say hello to shorter battery life, slower performance times, cybersecurity risks and system crashes.

Fortunately, with a few pro tweaks to your browser’s settings, you can do what you need online faster.

Give me 5 minutes a day, and I’ll keep you up to date on all things tech. Join 600K+ who get the Current newsletter each day. It’s free!

Chrome needs a refresh – Here’s how

Chrome is a notorious resource hog. Yes, Google has made changes to fix that, but popping into the settings will further reduce the load on your system and keep your computer happy.

  • Manage extensions: Click the three-dot menu in the top-right corner, then Extensions > Manage Extensions. Remove or disable any unnecessary extensions.
  • Disable hardware acceleration: Click the three-dot menu in the top-right corner, then Settings > System. Toggle off Use hardware acceleration when available.
  • Content settings: Click the three-dot menu in the top-right corner, then Privacy and security > Site settings. Review and customize permissions for Cookies and site data, JavaScript, Images, and Pop-ups and redirects.

Fix Safari if you use a Mac

On a Mac, you probably use the Safari browser. You can make a couple of quick changes in Apple’s browser, too.

  • Manage extensions: Click Safari in the menu bar > Settings. Open the Extensions tab, then remove or disable anything you don’t use.
  • Site settings: From Settings, click the Websites tab. Customize settings for individual websites; you can block plugins, auto-playing media and location access.
  • Disable auto-playing media: In Settings, go to the Websites tab > Auto-Play. Choose Stop Media with Sound or Never Autoplay to conserve resources.

Congrats! Just a few minutes and you added time to your computer’s life. Don’t stop now:

Dive deeper: Check your battery’s lifespan

Your laptop battery is only equipped to handle a limited number of complete cycles or, in layman’s terms, the charging process in which your battery goes from 0% to 100% before it starts losing efficiency. If you consistently put your laptop battery through complete charge cycles, it will lose efficiency — and so will older batteries as they age.

You can’t just avoid charging your battery to cut down on the cycles you put it through, so it’s essential to check your battery’s health instead. Doing so will give you a good idea of how much more abuse your battery can take and help prompt you to make changes to preserve battery health.

Get the steps for Windows and Mac laptops here.

Keep your tech-know going

My popular podcast is called “Kim Komando Today.” It’s a solid 30 minutes of tech news, tips, and callers with tech questions like you from all over the country. Search for it wherever you get your podcasts. For your convenience, hit the link below for a recent episode.

PODCAST PICK: Cheap voice cloning, earn $ w/ online surveys & iPhone 15 mania

Plus, got a side hustle? I show Chris from Colorado how to set up an online presence for his small biz. Major networks are up for grabs — Baby Boomers can rescue them. Tips on setting up Zoom backgrounds, spotting hacked webcams, and finding keyloggers on your devices.

Check out my podcast “Kim Komando Today” on AppleGoogle PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast player.

Sound like a tech pro, even if you’re not! Award-winning popular host Kim Komando is your secret weapon. Listen on 425+ radio stations or get the podcast. And join over 400,000 people who get her free 5-minute daily email newsletter.

Kim Komando

As hospitals continue to face unprecedented threats, here's an article to help guide you on how to ...

Kim Komando

Hospitals facing unprecedented threats – You must secure your health records today

As hospitals continue to face unprecedented threats, here's an article to help guide you on how to properly secure your health records.

4 days ago

Image of laptop screen....

Kim Komando

Here are 15 websites you will find yourself using all the time

The web is evolving with the rise of AI like ChatGPT, making it easier to get information without visiting websites.

5 days ago

Hidden camera tricks that everyone must know....

Kim Komando

Creeps are hiding cameras in dressing rooms, bathrooms and worse

Peeping Toms and tech are a match made in you-know-where. They use everything from smartphones to hidden cameras to get their fix.

12 days ago

(Pexels photo)...

Kim Komando

Time-saving tricks using your keyboard

Award-winning host Kim Komando gives several tips for how to save time when you're on the computer and at the keyboard.

18 days ago

ChatGPT has changed my life — and yours, even if you don’t use it as much as I do. (Pexels File...

Kim Komando

AI expert: ChatGPT prompts you’ll wish you knew sooner

Embrace the power of ChatGPT to simplify complexities, make informed decisions and maximize efficiency in your daily life.

19 days ago

(Pexels File Photo)...

Kim Komando

Get a handle on your time: Google Calendar tips and tricks

Learn about the untapped potential of Google Calendar with these invaluable tips and tricks, from tech expert Kim Komando.

25 days ago

Sponsored Articles


Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines can get you smoothly from Phoenix to Frankfurt on new A330-900neo airplane

Adventure Awaits! And there's no better way to experience the vacation of your dreams than traveling with Condor Airlines.


Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.


Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Day & Night is looking for the oldest AC in the Valley

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.

Make this change if your browser is slowing down to a crawl