Windows XP - Home Edition
Chrome slow to load Google Home Page from start
I am a user of Firefox and have been for many years, but now that Mozilla have engaged in a version race to infinity and the Google toolbar plus several add-ons and possibly other auxiliary programs do not work, I am considering moving over to Chrome.
I use Windows XP 2002 Home with SP3, AVG2012 and ZA firewall.
I am currently giving Chrome a good trial run, but again the Google toolbar,KeyScrambler and NoScript are not supported. As I use Sandboxie and have no personal finance details on my computer, the loss of these otherwise useful programs does not matter too much. Nothing will get onto my computer and knowing my key strokes is of little value. NoScript ? No great loss regarding security in my case, Chrome has a similar extension called "ScriptNo".
I find that Chrome is taking an age to load the Google Home Page from start-up and so do many other users on the web. Much slower than Firefox. Seems to be something to do with loading the Cache, I get a message saying "Waiting for Cache" and a time-out panel saying "Kill or Wait". Timing it results in 60-70 seconds from clicking the desktop icon to being fully loaded. Once loaded, all is then OK. Firefox takes 35 seconds. I am finding Chrome with extensions and my selected settings a very attractive and surprisingly good alternative to Firefox.
Loading solution so far :-
I have found that adjusting the Chrome settings has made a big improvement.
Wrench>Options>Under the Hood>Privacy. Uncheck item 3 and possibly item 2. I am currently running with items 2 & 3 unchecked.
The load time is now 5-10 seconds - it does vary a little, but is mostly 5 seconds, this is without Sandboxie.
With Sandboxie, the load time is 12-20 seconds. Infinitely better than before and it beats Firefox, so in the absence of another solution, there it stays. I can live with that.
Here is a screen shot :-
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