A reader, Douglas, writes in asking about a Web browsing problem: "I have a laptop (
Save your throwing arm! To start, make sure there's nothing wrong with your system. A virus or malware may be clogging up your speed. Run a complete anti-virus check on your system. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download you can use if you don't have software like that installed. You should also make sure your system's not running out of hard drive space, which can affect system speed.
If you're confident it's not your computer or your Internet service speed making things slow, try a different browser. If you use Internet Explorer or Firefox, try downloading
You can also try setting your home page to blank or to a site that loads more quickly so you'll at least get a faster start.
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