Fios slows down and I find I have a great number of host files. Solved

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  1. roy111's Avatar
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    Ubuntu, Win 8.1 pro
       #11

    mlg said: View Post
    I have a gigabit Fios connection which has been a pleasure. However, it has recently slowed down a bit and there is a definite short hesitation as sites are loaded.

    ...
    Thanks.
    Hi, take a look at this thread, he had a similar problem, HTH.Windows 10 Pro Internet Speed Limitation?
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  2. mlg
    Posts : 28
    Win 10 Prof
    Thread Starter
       #12

    I am marking this thread SOLVED and I'm a very happy user. Thanks to all for so many suggestions and ideas, most of which I incorporated as I went along. It has taken several weeks to get everything set and the Chrome browser, as well as everything else on the machine, is snapping right along. I'll outline below as much as I can recreate of all the steps I took.

    First I uninstalled the second adblocker I accidentally had running in Chrome - immediate improvement. Disconnected my router to clean the cache, used ipconfig /flushdns and ran Gibson choosing new dns as per their recommendations. Since I have many devices and a bridge, I changed the dns on my main computer and on the router.

    Deleting all the extra hosts files, particularly malwaredomainlist.com/hostslist/hosts.txt was very difficult. Although I'm the only user and the admin, I wasn't allowed to delete these files. I think it was the result of ownership confusion when I first had the machine built for me. However, I was able to delete some through the command line.

    When I'd done as much as I could, I took the advice given by one of the respondents here and ran CCleaner (Pro). I tried to examine all files before allowing "fix" or "delete". Since I try to avoid any kind of cleaner, there was a lot of cleaning even though I use Revo to uninstall programs. While cleaning the browsers, CCleaner reported Chrome was loading two versions of most of my extensions. They were reported to be in different sub-folders. I kept the user that seemed most recent and deleted all the double entries as per CCleaner recommendations.

    SOLVED - After carefully running every function in CCleaner and making every change noted above before running it, I have a fast browser without any of the hesitation that brought me to raise this issue. I'm not sure how, but CCleaner removed the left over host files that I couldn't. I now have the Windows host file and that's it.

    Thank you all so much.
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  3. Compumind's Avatar
    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Internet Security Specialty.
       #13

    mlg said: View Post
    I am marking this thread SOLVED and I'm a very happy user. Thanks to all for so many suggestions and ideas, most of which I incorporated as I went along. It has taken several weeks to get everything set and the Chrome browser, as well as everything else on the machine, is snapping right along..
    Good that the hosts file is back in place. Glad that CCleaner was able to help you. It's a good tool if you know what you are doing.

    You might wish to try Firefox and compare with Chrome.

    Take care!
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  4. Posts : 807
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       #14

    Firefox is dead. Killed by its own weight.

    I, too, was put off by Chrome. But Mozilla kept taking away reasons to use Firefox, so I gave up on it a year ago. So has most of the world.

    Some recent stats ...

    Desktop -- Chrome 67%, Firefox 9%, IE 8%
    Overall incl. mobile -- Chrome 57%, Safari 12%, IE/Edge 8%, Firefox 5%

    Firefox, IE, Edge ... all are being relegated to the dustbin.
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