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Why does my computer need me to push f5 for every new page?

Asked by talljasperman (18145 points ) April 2nd, 2014

On the internet. I constantly am pushing f5 (Reload). Is there another way to get around this delay?

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johnpowell's avatar

F5 reloads the page. Maybe you just have a slow internet connection (Canada). You might think it helps when it really doesn’t. It might be best to give it a few extra seconds before mashing F5.

talljasperman's avatar

@johnpowell Sometimes I leave it alone and it never loads… With Shaw Cable you get a power boost when you push (f5) my speed is 100mbp/second. 0.100GB is the top speed in my area. I don’t always get that speed… 0.1Gb is the top speed. 0.25GB is coming soon.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I agree with @johnpowel. Which browser are you using? I’m using Window 8.1 too and browse the web with Firefox and so far I seldom encounter that problem. It only happens when I go to some “strange” websites.

talljasperman's avatar

@Mimishu1995 Windows 8.1 and internet explorer. I need to push (f5) on Gmail or it won’t even load… I tested it and loaded Gmail and walked away for 5 minutes and it still wasn’t finished loading then I pushed (f5) and it loaded instantly. I’ve had the computer for one year to the date March 15… so I guess it is time to upgrade.

johnpowell's avatar

If this happens on different pages I think it might be a DNS problem with your ISP.

I have had similar things happen with Comcast.

You might want to switch to the google DNS servers. Instructions are here.

https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/docs/using

Mimishu1995's avatar

Then the problem is probably with Window explorer. I seldom use it because many times it’s quite crappy. It loads things really slowly and sometimes can’t even display web contents properly. The only time when I use it is when I need to load the IDM “download this video” button. Yeah, and that’s pretty much the good thing I can say about it.

Can you change to another browser?

talljasperman's avatar

@johnpowell That’s too complex. It might just be the NSFW pages that I follow. My anti-virus software says that I have 7 unwanted programs that can’t be removed.

talljasperman's avatar

@Mimishu1995 I have Chrome it’s really messed up (many windows open up on their own). Firefox takes forever to load, Safari Is as bad as Firefox.

talljasperman's avatar

@Mimishu1995 it’s working on Fluther now and email… I guess it is slow internet connection… dang I pay $90 a month for 100mb/second internet.

flip86's avatar

Do you have wireless internet? Is it secured? If it isn’t, you may have piggy backers using your connection. That would definitely slow things down. Call your ISP and have them walk you through securing your connection.

jerv's avatar

On first run, many browsers open tabs, especially if you haven’t run them in a while. I get them occasionally due to an extension add-on updating, but if you don’t use a browser for a couple of weeks, you could get a huge pile of updates, leading to many tabs.

Unless there’s been major changes, I’d say IE is the second worst option out there; only the PC version of Safari is worse. In fact, Apple no longer supports Safari for Windows, so it lacks 2 years worth of security updates.

Between the antivirus’ inability to handle unwanted programs, possible open wifi, and the use of IE, I shudder to think what sort of infections you may have that could cause this.

El_Cadejo's avatar

“Windows 8.1 and internet explorer” Stop…just stop. IE is a steaming pile of shit. Chrome, Firefox, Opera, anything but IE.

talljasperman's avatar

O.k. i . downloaded chrome… I get more advertisements and spam.

talljasperman's avatar

Now I am on Firefox… much better.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@talljasperman Well that’s good. Hope you will get on well with Firefox.

z_malloc's avatar

IE is certainly one of the worst browser options, but there’s no reason this should be happening with ANY browser. You can enable the developer tools with IE then turn on network profiling and actually see what each document is doing in terms of downloading. There is more debugging you can do at the script level but it’s probably beyond someone who doesn’t have programming knowledge.

My bet is that you probably installed malware or a plugin, perhaps even inadvertently and it/they are fouling up.
” I’ve had the computer for one year to the date March 15… so I guess it is time to upgrade.” no no no. nonsense. If the problem spreads or gets worse, I’d suggest you format your drives and reinstall and immediately install good anti virus and anti malware tools. I’m sure suggesting an alternate operating system would be futile, so I won’t bother.

jerv's avatar

I missed that part about the system only being a year old. If you already have this many self-inflicted problems, then upgrading will be a total waste of money since that new system will likely have similar problems quickly unless you get security-savvy. I’ll take that “old” i5 off your hands though! ;)

I suggest Avast!, Spybot 1.6 (the old version has real-time protection), and never using IE or Safari. Also, NO TOOLBARS!

flo's avatar

I don’t find it slow, I use Explorer.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@jerv Ya know, I was recently thinking I should get something for spyware and such so I downloaded Spybot because I remembered it being good back in the day. It actually ended up causing a world of problems for me. FF and Chrome were both flooded with ad bs, tons of programs got installed with it(no I didn’t forget to uncheck any boxes during installation) and in the end I had to restore my comp to an earlier date.

flip86's avatar

All anti-virus/mal/spy software is shit and is really a big scam. I haven’t used any flavor of virus software in 3 or 4 years except Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows defender. I never run scans and never have problems. It all comes down to being smart about what you do online and being careful about what you download. Ad blockers help too.

jerv's avatar

@El_Cadejo I got partway through installing the current version (2.x) when my sixth sense triggered and I aborted. Turns out 2.x lacks the real-time protection (at least on the free version) that the free version of v1.6 has. Thanks for giving me another reason to stay with the old (but still supported and available) version.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@jerv Yea,clearly I have to go dig up an old version.

@flip86 I’m generally of the same philosophy, I just download a virus program when I know I over estimated my ability to “be smart about what I do online”(oddly enough alcohol is usually involved) and get some kinda problem. After I take care of the situation I hardly continue to run the viral program. Most of them seems to alert me to things that aren’t virus’ anyway so they get turned off pretty quickly.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@jerv Thank you for allowing me to remain lazy :P

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