In the following paragraphs, you will find a list of different procedures, I advise you to carry them out in the order in which they are listed. At the end of each operation, try to access the web page you are trying to view again and see if the problem is solved. If not, carry out the following procedure.
First, check if web pages load slowly only on a particular site or all other sites. So, connect to a site you know well, such as Facebook, Google, YouTube, or any other page.
If the pages load slowly on the other sites you’ve tested, the problem is caused by your PC or your Internet line. In this case, I suggest you continue reading the following chapters.
If, on the other hand, you realize that only on a certain site do the pages load slowly, the problem is most likely caused by a malfunction of the server hosting the site. In this case, to make sure that it is a malfunction of the site:
- Login to This Page;
- Type in the field below the item “Is It Down Right Now?” the address of the site you intend to visit, then click on the button “Check”.
In this way you will understand if the site is unreachable only for you or for all the others. I assure you that this simple check can save you a lot of frustration.
1) Restart everything
Restart the computer, turn off the modem/router, wait a few seconds, and turn it on again.
It might seem like a rather crude method, but I guarantee you that this simple procedure can often solve several problems.
2) Turn off the proxy
Proxy servers, if used correctly, can be very useful in protecting your privacy and avoiding any restrictions. However, in some cases, it may use underperforming servers that drastically slow down the page loading speed.
So, if you are using a Proxy server, I recommend you disable it and try again to access a web page.
3) Run a connection speed test
If, after performing the procedure shown above, you find that all web pages continue to load slowly, the next step is to carry out a connection speed test. To run it:
- Log in to the site Speedtest;
- After the page has fully loaded, click on “GO”.
Wait for the test to complete and check the entries “Downloads” And “Uploads”. If the results are much lower than those declared by your telephone provider, I suggest you contact them, explain the situation and ask them to check your line.
4) Switch web browsers
If your internet connection is fine, but you’re still having trouble loading web pages, try switching browsers.
If you don’t know which one to choose, I suggest you read my guide to best web browsers for windows.
5) Check the network and system load
Loading a web page does not require many system or network resources, however, if the system and network load is already very heavy, your Internet connection may be slow.
To check system and network load:
- Press from keyboard WIN+X;
- From the context menu that opens, click on the item “Activity Management”;
- In the window that opens, select the card “Performance”;
If your CPU, Memory, or Ethernet connection usage is very high, try to reduce the load by closing any browser tabs you are not using and any running software.
If the load is not reduced, the PC may have software running in the background, in this case I advise you to read the next chapter.
6) Run a system scan
If your Internet line doesn’t have any kind of problem and you have already tried different web browsers, I suggest you run a system scan, using a good anti malware and an antivirus. Quite often, in fact, pages load slowly due to a virus or malware running in the background.
If you don’t have anti-malware, I suggest you try it Malwarebytes, it is completely free, powerful and very simple to use the software. To download it, log in to This Page and click on the button “Free Download”. Once the download is complete, install the software and run a full system scan.
After running a scan with the anti-malware, run a system scan with the antivirus installed on your PC. If you have never installed antivirus software and you use the one present on Windows to perform a full system scan with Windows Defender, the procedure is as follows:
- Press from keyboard WIN + I to access the “Settings” windows;
- On Windows 10: Click on the entry “Update and Security,”then from the left side menu select the item “Windows Security” and then click the button “Open Windows Security”. On Windows 11: from the left side menu, select the item “Privacy and Security,” and then click on “Windows Security,” and then click on the button “Open Windows Security”;
- Click on the entry “Virus and Threat Protection”;
- Click on the entry “Analysis Options”;
- Select option “Complete Analysis,”then click “Start analysis”.
7) Flush DNS cache
Windows keeps a list of websites and their IP addresses in a cache to speed up access to sites you visit frequently. In some cases, this information may be outdated or incorrect, thus slowing down the loading of some web pages. In these cases, to solve the problem, simply empty the DNS cache, here’s how:
- Press from keyboard WIN+R;
- In the window that opens, type “cmd” then click “OK” or press ENTER;
- At this point the Command Prompt window will open. In the latter type “ipconfig /flushdns” (without quotes) and press ENTER.
8) Change DNS servers
In some cases, it may happen that the DNS servers you have always used have temporary malfunctions, or maybe you have chosen to use underperforming DNS servers. Then, try changing them and reaccessing a web page.
If you don’t know which DNS server to use, read my guide to best dns server if you don’t know the procedure that allows you to change DNS servers on Windows 10 and Windows 11, read the tutorial for changing DNS servers on Windows.