Fastest web browser for XP

By jimflint1 ยท 21 replies
Aug 24, 2007
  1. My Firefox seems to be going slower and slower as time goes on. I'm still stuck with dialup until I get rid of a few debts, so do you have any suggestions for improving browsing speed? Is there some other browser that would be faster?
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    check for viri, check for trojans. Browser speed doesn't really have much effect on transfer speed. Why dial-up? Can you at least get DSL?
  3. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    Three things -

    1.As Tedster said,the last thing you want on dialup is spyware,so be sure you have none.

    2.Download FIRETUNE That will get the best out of whatever connection you have.

    3.OPERA is certainly lighter than Firefox,but not so sure about the speed.
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    You might want to look around and see if there are any settings for how images load up. I'm pretty sure switching from IE to a default install of Opera seems slower because opera waits for all of the image to load before displaying it.. I'm not entirely sure that is true since it has been a long time since I used dial up and actually looked into stuff like that. Maybe somebody here will be able to expand on what I'm thinking of. Firefox may have a similar thing.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    Lots of factors for "browser performance"

    Graphic rendering load
    Network download speed and bandwidth
    Raw cpu capacity
    oversized Cache and too frequent cache validation​
  6. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    I seriously doubt the slowdown is due to Firefox-with this exception- I've been using FF since it was made public three years ago. And I have noticed memory leaks the entire time. I check the Task Manager occasionally and when it gets up over maybe 80,000K, I close FF and relaunch.

    I don't notice a slowdown as I have a fast broadband connection.
  7. jimflint1

    jimflint1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 212

    I can't get DSL for another year or so--until I get rid of some of my debts. I have Avast free AV and that seems to be keeping the viruses at bay, and I run Spybot and Ad-Aware frequently to check for spyware.

    The Firetune seems to have helped a bit. Thanks for the link.

    What settings do you recommend for these?

    Hey, thanks for all of your help. I appreciate it.
  8. yakwhacker

    yakwhacker TS Rookie Posts: 31

    There's a program called TCP Optimizer that you should download. While I've never used it with dial-up (you'll want to adjust the speed slider accordingly), it works excellent for getting the most out of a broadband connection. Give it a try, although trying to get more performance out of dial-up is pretty much wasted effort- too much of it relies on circumstances out of your control (line quality, noise, distance, etc), and any boost you receive is minimal.
  9. thehacker

    thehacker TS Booster Posts: 116

    ya.....i also think that your browser cache is too large..first of all clear cache and then reduce its size.....And for your topic "Fastest browser for XP" I would say no other is faster than Internet Explorer. I would suggest IE7(not 6 or older) for security purposes. May be it has security holes but if u r good at computer then by installing firewalls and other softwares u can make it secure....ITS FASTEST..I m surfing this site on IE7.
    One more piece of advice.Have IE7 and Opera as well.....Surf trusted sites and forums and blogs etc. on IE7 but if you want to do any naughty thing on net like viewing P.O.R.N site use opera.....I personally use this trick :D.
  10. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    "I would suggest IE7(not 6 or older) for security purposes" You've got to be kidding! Internet Explorer-any version- is one big security hole after another!.

    I read the description of the TCP Optimizer. Basically, it's to tweak a broadband connection. It does mention dial-up which seems it may be similar to 'accelerators' that some dial-up ISPs use.

    But bottom line is that your 'speed' will depend on 1. how much you're dragging around in your system 2. the capability of the ISPand 3. the amount of internet traffic. Dial-up is slow, plain and simple. Any of us who have been on computers for any length of time will have experienced a dial-up connection. It doesn't matter what your browser is, it needs to be 'clean' and hopefully the ISP hasn't loaded you on a platform that is not over-full..

    I looked up FireTune- it doesn't describe just how it 'tunes' a dial-up connection and the mixed comments indicate it is not a solution for everyone.
  11. yakwhacker

    yakwhacker TS Rookie Posts: 31

    It is and it isn't. I am vehemently against most accelerators and the "pre-cache" method. TCP Optimizer is great at configuring your registry for your connection speed, and I've seen a large boost in performance on any broadband connection I've tested it on. It doesn't run in the background or take up any resources- you can use it and remove it.

    I do wonder if it would do anything noticeable for a dial-up though. And I steer far clear of any IE if I want to be a little more secure on the web.
  12. thehacker

    thehacker TS Booster Posts: 116

    Ya, i have menitoned that too that IEs have security holes.....but it depends up to us if we give the hackers exploit that or not. I m using that and i have tested it thru various sites and softwares.....and (may be coz of security softwares on my sys) nonne hav found any one single hole...
    I have all windows updates installed too..

    and for those who dont believe that IE is secure i would suggest to go through this months PC world magazine. For those who thought that Mac is free from malwares and security holes was proved wrong. And one expert hacked into a Mac machine. He also have tried to hack a Vista system. He reviewed that Vista is much secure than Mac. And one article in that very magazine said that if you are using XP SP2 and wanna upgrade to vista for security only then give a re-thought to your decision. It said that if your are using firewalls(it said ZA) and anti-spywares/viruses and using IE7 then there is no need to upgrade for security to vista. It gave some tweaks for IE7 that most of us(advanced users) use. So, our XP SP2 is as secure as vista and more secure than Mac OS. So, IE7 is safe and fast....
  13. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    As you probably know, I do quite a lot of work in our Security and the web forum.

    Things I have noticed are:

    Folks who use an alternative browser to IE, don`t seem to have as many malware problems. Maybe this is because browsers such as Firefox don`t use the dreadful ActiveX controls that IE does.

    I`ve also noticed, that while Windows Vista isn`t as safe as some would have you believe, it doesn`t yet seem to suffer from as many security problems as other Windows Os`s.

    I am willing to say, that this may well be that A) Not as many folks are using Vista.

    And B) the Virus writers and script kiddies haven`t had time to expose and exploit what Vistas security holes are yet.

    Regards Howard :)
  14. thehacker

    thehacker TS Booster Posts: 116

    may be u r right howard.....and till they start exploting we can use vista and IE safely ::D. Opera is also a good substitue to firefox. it creates much less problem than firefox.
  15. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I agree, Opera is a fine browser indeed, I`ve tried it myself a few times. However, I always seem to come back to Firefox, probably because I`m so used to it lol.

    Regards Howard :)
  16. yakwhacker

    yakwhacker TS Rookie Posts: 31


    You shouldn't add security software and give IE the credit. On it's own, IE is a malware magnet. And as far as Mac OS goes, there is still no virus that has successfully infected a mac, and I haven't heard of many adware and spyware issues. You won't see me using one, but, come on, you can't defend Windows security like this if you've had any experience in the field.
  17. hamas123

    hamas123 TS Maniac Posts: 482

    I use a wireless connection in my house and the speed is 54 mbps.My browser is windows internet explorer 7.
  18. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    I have never cared for IE and its lack of security and I dont think the IE7 is much more secure than 6. I dont think we should even use the words security and IE in the same sentence. Back to the original question, i used FF for a while. Then tried Opera and realized it seemed much faster. So I use Opera only now.
  19. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    Opera is great but it bugs me to wait for all the graphics to be downloaded before
    any display is shown. This is great for the developers as it resolves multiple issues
    with the screen layout and display by deferring it until all items are fully present.
    It also solves the Netscape 'double-rendering' solution that to this day still has
    memory leaks.
  20. thehacker

    thehacker TS Booster Posts: 116

    You cannot blame Microsoft so easily for making their softwares with security holes....those who have firm faith on Mac's security they shud check out and scroll down to Myth 7. and in that very magazine it was written that with anti-viruses/spywares and firewalls installed XP SP2 is as secure as Vista.
    Ya we shudn't give the credit to IE7 but it can be used for surfing easily. I already said in my previious posts that do all mischeif on Opera. Use IE to surf secure and trusted ebsites only......i m using it since Feb-Mar 2007 and i have got no troble at all...
  21. yakwhacker

    yakwhacker TS Rookie Posts: 31

    I'll give it a read later today, but from my personal and work experience, IE is trouble. Maybe it's better than it used to be, but it's still trouble. Thanks for heads up though! :)
  22. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Ha. I knew I wasn't making things up when I said that above. I may have seen that you can turn that off at one point, but if you can't then I'd say Opera is a poor choice for browsing fast on dial-up. But I do think its cache works very well.
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