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How common are browsers causing speed drop issues?

I was helping a fellow Mac man with their speed issues yesterday (link below) - potted summary is that his iMac was only getting 50-70mbps on an ethernet cable connection to the Hub3.  When he turned off Chrome and used Safari his speed instantly jumped up to 380mbps.  Got me wondering how common this issue might be in the windows/linux community - of which I have little experience other than one old W10 lappy I keep on top of the wardrobe for emergency use only.  Does Chrome have something inherent about it that could cause this? Could it have been "infected" with summat? Any other "browser specific" speed issues been unearthed in the past?

Thoughts?

 https://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Speed/Etherent-speed-slow/m-p/3912102#M202773


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Re: How common are browsers causing speed drop issues?

Chrome chews through memory like nobody's business even on Win10.  On the XP machine there was a memory leak that chewed through most of the 2GB forcing it to run very slowly.  I've noticed similar things happening in Edge whilst on speed testing websites.  During testing, it'll start off incredibly slowly, then speed up to over 1GB causing the results to be skewed.  I'm on Vivid 100Mb, but the screencap (max numbers) below puts me on 350Mb and nearly 100Mb upload.

Pinging local servers (around Manchester) provides a better result.

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Re: How common are browsers causing speed drop issues?

I always stay well clear of Google software whenever I can.


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@Tudor wrote:

I always stay well clear of Google software whenever I can.


for what particular reason?
Chrome is based on the open source chromium platform which many browsers use (and Edge will be soon too).
Safari is a pretty poor browser once you remove the apple reality distortion field.

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I have just changed my laptop the old one I was running on chrome and was getting speeds of 270 on the the new one I left it on widows edge and I am only getting between 80 and 90. 

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i suspect the browser has nothing to do with your difference in speed.
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Re: How common are browsers causing speed drop issues?

Macbook Air (802.11AC wireless) - 200mbps Service

Chrome:
7953448329

Safari
7953452684

Firefox
7953455480

 

If you are seeing drops like you said in chrome you have something wrong with Chrome on the Mac


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Re: How common are browsers causing speed drop issues?


@apcyberax wrote:
If you are seeing drops like you said in chrome you have something wrong with Chrome on the Mac

It wasn't my problem (see OP for link) but I think the guy concluded that that was the case - I dont know if he has reinstalled it and checked again.


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Re: How common are browsers causing speed drop issues?

Maybe your man is running lots of Chrome extensions some of which are enabled by default and may not be needed.  I would suggest he disables extensions and re-enable them one by one to see if a particular extension is causing the slowdown.

 

 

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Re: How common are browsers causing speed drop issues?

Just checked my speed a few minutes ago ... Win 7, Chrome, 100mbps service ...  Lovely Jubbly

Speedtest 130119.jpg

 

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