For about the last week and a half the internet access from my house has suddenly started to run with all the speed of a geriatric and infirmed snail. It’s taking a minute or more for each page to load and that takes all the joy out of internet surfing. It’s a good thing I’ve had plenty of cleaning to be getting on with because on some occasions I’ve undertaken two tasks at once – uploading another of my photos to the web and then going off to do a bit more housework while the computer sits there, apparently contemplating the meaning of life, the universe and everything. I’m not a computer geek, as well you know, so my only technomabobble solution was to clear my cache. I only know about this because Googlemail sometimes bleats on about my need for a clean out and I’m forced to pay attention and follow their instructions.
So. Yesterday I went about purging myself of all the crapola that secretly gets salted away on my computer as I surf. I had a quick look through what was there, hoping to just delete the obvious rubbish because, of course, a complete purge means having to sign in all over again at all the many password protected pages that I use. [I’m not one of those people who uses the name of their pet guinea pig at every single site from bangra beat to on-line banking so remembering every sign in combo is a complete pain in the proverbials]. My cache list made for fascinating reading – for someone like me who is already mentally stunted from hours spent staring at half-loaded pages. Who knew that I needed a cookie installed for on-line wrestling? (?!?) Or that cookies were needed for any number of diet sites (there’s an irony in that statement, isn’t there?) … especially as I’m not aware of ever visiting such sites. In the end it became too hard to sift through everything, trying to identify whether or not it was needed, so here I am, having to sign in everywhere again. That’s OK I suppose – it’s exercise for my poor befuddled brain. However, you know what alarms me? …Well two things actually:
a] When I’m visiting sites like my Hotmail account, I can hear a stream of that ominous tap, tap, tap, click, click, clicking going on in my machine that means that plenty of crapola is being dumped on my machine, to replace the crapola I just got rid of, and
b] My internet access is no faster.
Any ideas anyone? Technical assistance would be greatly appreciated, especially if you are able to couch it in words of strictly one syllable. When it comes to technical matters, any more than that and I involuntarily start to glaze over.