Modern browsers provide a host of features, all of them bog down your browser and quickly use your limited RAM, from taps on devices to thousands of user-created extensions to choose from. If you use a low-resource computer, focus on finding a browser that has the basic needs for your work. The more features a browser has, the heavier your computer loads. The great thing about browsers is that you can try them all for size, feeling the best for your computer and habits of use.
Testing a Browser
Open your task manager to see how much of your CPU and RAM is eating in your computer when you use a browser. Keep in mind that these numbers fluctuate; when loading pages, they are higher and when loading is done, they are backwards. Also, you can feel when a browser taxes your resources. If your entire computer stutters or freezes at the loading of pages, it might be appropriate to select a lightweight browser.
1 GB (or less) of Netbook users or people with older computers find it difficult to choose a browser— a gigabyte of RAM doesn’t offer a lot of memory and browsers that have extensions eat up memory. Your best bet for a computer with a very small amount of RAM is a browser without bells or whistles, like the Midori web kit or the Pale Moon from Firefox. There are no extensions for both browsers, but the Web delivers in a fast, lightweight package.
2 GB RAM You have more freedom to experiment with the browsers if you have 2 GB RAM on your computer even if other components on your computer are not up to date. Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 10 received high rankings in benchmark tests. If Chrome’s multi-process configuration doesn’t work for your computer, you can try Opera. While Firefox is popular on the web because it is easy to customize, it’s sprayed and slow to some users.
The whistles and whistles that make your browser fun to use are also the major resource hogs-and this means that many of these features are disabled. Remove browser themes and extensions to reduce resource use of your browser. Each extension adds to your system’s overall browser load. Close any tabs and windows that you don’t use because system resources are also used even if they are not in use.