Is your web browser slowing down your online research? If you’ve noticed that your Mozilla Firefox is slower than before, you’re not alone. Due to the cookies, cache, and other factors, you may experience slower page loading and poor browser performance in general.
Luckily, you can fix that with various methods, including software updates, limiting data collection, or setting a limit on memory consumption. We’ve made this helpful guide to help you speed up Mozilla Firefox and allow you to experience smooth browsing once again.
Simple Tweaks to Make Firefox Faster
There are many reasons why your browser feels slower the more you use it. Some websites are very well optimized, so you’ll notice better loading speed, and you’ll be able to switch through pages quickly. But that’s not the case with every site you visit.
So, why is your browser slowing down? That’s because websites collect various information from users, rely on ads for funding, and have elements that put an additional strain on your hardware. In other words, the more websites you visit, the more work you add to your CPU load. Here are a few things you can do to improve your browser’s performance:
- Update Firefox
- Delete cached images and files
- Clear cookies
- Enable hardware acceleration
If not resolved, all of these things can add to the CPU load and slow down its performance. We’ll cover all these procedures in more detail below.
The first thing that you should do is to update your Mozilla Firefox browser. This one is pretty easy and has only a couple of steps. Open your browser and click on the menu button (the three parallel lines in the top right corner). From there, click on Help and then on About Firefox. You’ll see a pop-up message saying that Mozilla is looking for an update. After it finds one, it will install, and you’re good to go.
You can also set updates to automatic. To do this, click the menu button again, go to Options, and make sure you select the General tab on the left. Scroll down and find Firefox updates. You can set up Firefox to update automatically or check for updates but let you choose to install them.
Deleting Cookies and Cache
As explained above, this can be a real burden to your CPU. To remove this data, open your browser, click the menu button, and click on Options. Find the Privacy & Security tab, and then Look for the Cookies and Site Data section. Select Clear Data. Check both cookies and cached web content to remove them.
Enabling Hardware Acceleration
You should set this option to default in your browser’s settings, but it requires the latest graphic drivers. To make sure your graphic card drivers are up-to-date, check the manufacturer’s website. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the newest driver version, restart your computer.
After successfully updating your drivers, open your browser. Click the menu button and then Options. On the General tab, scroll down and find the Performance section. Uncheck the Use recommended performance settings and check Use hardware acceleration when available. This feature allows Firefox to utilize your GPU (on top of your CPU) to provide faster internet browsing.
Although there are many options for making your browser faster, the ones from our list will help you make Firefox as snappy as it was when you first installed it. In addition to these options, you can disable extensions you don’t use, block unneeded content, use fewer tabs, etc.