Browser Tune-up


Remedies for a Slow Browser Performance While Working in Etudes

The most common causes of slow performance when working in Etudes are slow Internet Connectivity and / or a bogged-down browser. Other things that can slow things down are uploading or downloading large files (PPt, PDF, etc.) or pages that have large embedded images. To avoid slow upload and download times, resize and save your images for the web and upload files that are not huge. 

Following are some strategies for improving browser performance.

  1. Some users experience slow performance due to heavy Internet usage on their network at certain times. This is something that you will need to look into and make adjustments.
  2. As a first step, we always recommend a complete system restart AND an internet router re-start, which re-starts the Browser to “freshen it up” and re-establishes a new computer-router-network connection. It also clears up memory issues and conflicts in your computer. This frequently speeds things up, especially if you tend to leave your computer on daily basis.
  3. “Bogged-down browsers” have several common causes and improved performance can be realized by addressing the following common issues:

    1. The main culprits appear to be certain added Plug-ins and Extensions. Disabling or Deleting unused or unwanted Plug-ins and Extensions will speed up performance.

      Plug-ins and Extensions are added by users to add new features and functions to the Browser. They are also added during software upgrades, without you knowing it. Too many plugins and extensions can slow down the performance of browsers. Sometimes, it’s some specific plugins that cause conflicts and contribute to bad performance.  The steps to manage (disable/enable) extensions and plug-ins in Firefox & Chrome are included in the next section. 

    2. Clearing the Browser Cache (this happens automatically during a restart).
    3. Clearing the Browser History Regularly.
    4. Reducing the Number of Saved Bookmarks, and especially at the Bookmarks Toolbar.
    5. Reducing the number of tabs that you have open.
    6. Ensuring that your browser is up-to-date with security patches and updates. Running the latest browser version will have all the fixes. Set your browser to notify you for updates.
    7. Anti-spam and Anti-virus Software running can negatively affect the responsiveness of browsers. You may have to adjust settings in the security software that you use.

Steps to Manage (Disable/Enable) Extensions and Plug-ins in Firefox and Chrome

If you have plugins and extensions that you love and rely on, you may want to do a process of elimination to determine which one(s) may be contributing to your browser’s issues. Disable all of them and then enable them again, one-by-one, restarting the browser after each and checking the performance. Ideally, run your browser with as few plugins and extensions as possible. It will be responsive. 


Before disabling plugins and extensions in Firefox, you can “Refresh” it as that alone will often clear up conflicts and return Firefox to its original, zippier state. To refresh Firefox, add “about:support” at the URL, and then click on “Refresh Firefox” at the top right. Follow the instructions.

How to Disable Plugins
  1. Click the Menu Buttomenu icon  (upper right-hand corner of Browser) and choose Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager Tab will open.
  2. In the Add-ons Manager Tab, select the Plugins Panel.
  3. Select the Plugin you wish to disable.
  4. Select “Never Activate” in its drop-down menu. (To re-enable the plugin, find it in the list of Plugins and select “Always Activate” in its drop-down menu.)
  5. Here are the instructions for Completely Uninstalling Plug-ins (more Complex…)  Uninstalling Firefox Plugins
How to Remove Extensions
  1. Click the Menu Button menu icon (upper right-hand corner of Browser) and choose Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager Tab will open.
  2. In the Add-ons Manager Tab, select the (upper right-hand corner of Browser) Extensions Panel.
  3. Select the Add-on you wish to remove.
  4. Click the Remove button.
  5. Click Restart now if it pops up. Your tabs will be saved and restored after the restart.


How to Disable Plugins
  1. In the Main Menu >> Click on Chrome >> Preferences
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Scroll to the very bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings...” Link
  4. Click on the Content Settings Pane
  5. Scroll to the Plugins section and click on “Disable individual plugins”
  6. Click on “Disable” next to the Plugin(s) you want to disable.
How to Disable or Remove Extensions
  1. In the Main Menu >> Click on Chrome >> Preferences
  2. Click on Extensions >> Un-check “Enable” to disable OR click on the trash can Icon to remove.