The web browser you use will be your window on the digital world and will need to work well for hours at a time. However, like any piece of software, a browser can seem like a temperamental beast from time to time. This means that a little tender attention and troubleshooting will be required to set things right once more, so whether you are a fan of Microsoft`s Internet Explorer, Mozilla`s Firefox or Google`s Chrome browser, then the following tips might be useful.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer is one of the most popular browsers on the planet, simply because it is include with every copy of Windows. However, it is therefore one of the most vulnerable browsers out there because every hacker and malware writer wants to exploit it. If you are having any problems with your version of IE, whether it is related to page loading or annoying malware, it is essential to update to the latest version. Using IE 6 is not only hazardous, but also old-fashioned as it has none of the advanced features of the latest Internet Explorer 8. The update is free and by having the latest browser onboard you will be able to enjoy all of the new interactive content that exists online.
Firefox has become a firm favorite amongst those looking for an alternative to Microsoft`s browser. This too is constantly updated and as an open source project new fixes and improvements are made frequently. Basic troubleshooting usually involves closing down Firefox when you encounter an issue and restating it to see if the problem is ironed out. Persistent problems can be addressed by clearing the cookies and cached memory, which is performed by clicking the Tools menus and then highlighting Clear Recent History.
If you want more advanced control over Firefox for troubleshooting, then starting it in Safe Mode will give you a secure environment in which to work. There should be a shortcut for Safe Mode in the start menu next to the main Firefox shortcut, but you can also enter "Firefox -safe-mode" minus the speech marks into the Run function, which is accessed from the Start menu. This will let you know if a theme or plug-in is causing the problem and it can then be disabled.
Google`s browser is the most recent addition to the mainstream browser market and though its share is still relatively limited compared to its rivals, it is growing in popularity thanks to the strength of Google`s brand. Because of this immaturity, there are still bugs and crashes to fix. Google recommends creating a new user profile in Chrome if you are experiencing problems with your existing one.
General Browser Troubleshooting Tips
If you are having trouble with certain web pages no matter what browser you are using, it might be worth checking your actual internet connection and firewall. Some routers and integrated protection software will automatically block access to certain sites which are deemed to be dangerous. For the most part this is a great thing, as it will keep your PC free from malware, but sometimes a perfectly harmless site can get blacklisted by accident. If this is the case, you may need to look beyond your browser for a solution and when using mobile broadband, remember that connections can be dropped without warning.
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