Windows 10: advice on browser change

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    Win10/64 Pro 1511 (and 2 Win 7/64 Ult & Pro systems)
       04 Dec 2016 #11

    It's really hard to compare any two computers.

    My Firefox profiles all include about a dozen add-ons. When I am working on a research/educational project, I may have 10 or 12 tabs open, plus MS Office (Word and PPT), plus SnagIt, Photoshop, Mailwasher Pro and sometimes Pandora or other radio streaming service.
    I see no performance issues or slowness from Firefox. But I have pretty robust hardware.
    And, after a hour or two, I often close the browser session and clear cache/cookies/history/data when I take my "stretch break". I then start a new session.

    Most browsers, including Firefox, will take and use available memory to enhance one's experience. That is normal.
    But, if one is running many other, resource-intensive applications and/or if one's hardware specs are less than robust, I suppose a slow-down is possible.
    Another aspect to check: real-time security applications and global plug-ins. They, too, can cause a performance "hit".

    Even so, from time to time, it's often a good idea to start with a clean profile (one of the steps suggested in the tutorial I mentioned earlier). That usually fixes minor performance problems.

    The bottom line: while it's easy to lay all the blame on the software itself, many performance issues originate at least in part with the user's profile, system specs or other factors.

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  2.    04 Dec 2016 #12

    I'd recommend SlimJet or Pale Moon, two lesser-known browsers, the former is based on Chromium engine and has lots of features, while the latter is based on Firefox. If you have a lower-end PC, I'd recommend Pale Moon.
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