In the first part, we looked at possible reasons why your browser may have slowed down. The reasons listed are common and do not pose any threat to your browsing experience; mainly consisting of cache, add-ons and other things related to your browser. Here we will look at the more serious reasons as to why your browser may have suffered a slow-down in performance; spyware and adware not only slow you down when surfing but can also use up computer resources such as processing power or RAM, and more importantly, compromise your computer’s security.
There are many programs which offer protection from these common threats. Although most spyware and adware is considered a medium threat, there are types which are risky and collect personal information such as passwords, user names or bank accounts. The following programs will help remove unwanted cookies, such as those used by viral marketing, and prevent these from re-appearing.
This is one of the most common reasons for browser slow-down. There are some good tools to detect and get rid of this on your PC, and they are free to download. Here are some of the applications which are commonly used:
Hijack This – This program scans your PC and logs all processes running on your machine. You can have a look at the log and determine if there is an unknown process running, or post the log on a forum (such as https://www.pchelpforum.com/) where they can help you determine the status of your computer. Processes which normally should be running are your ‘iexplorer.exe’, your ‘svchost.exe’ processes and other programs which you have installed. However, some spyware can mask as a legitimate process, hence why it is helpful to seek advice when looking at the program’s log.
Ad-Aware – A very useful program, which offers a free version and a priced one which comes with more features. The free version, however, is perfectly usable and can help in seeking and eliminating threats. The program runs a scan, which can be a quick-scan or a more in-depth one, in order to determine threats which affect your computer. You can then tick boxes which will remove the risks displayed, which can be either cookies or crawl-bots or other forms of spy/adware.
Spybot – As well as scanning your computer for malicious software, it can run in the background to protect your browser from unwanted cookies or spyware. The company also offers other related solutions, such as a registry analyzer or a program which allows you to edit Windows services, stopping any hidden malware.
This post is part of the series: Microsoft Internet Explorer is slow!
An overview on what to do if your browser slows down.