New subscriber Big Daddy wrote with a question about a hesitation problem he is having when using his web browser:
The problem I am having is, am thinking I didn’t have this problem when I was using "Windows XP", I am running "Windows 7", whenever I click on a link I see no affirmation from my system (browser window).
Maybe I unintentionally changed the window setting. Am thinking that would have to be the case. I am catching myself wanting to proceed in doing other things because it is appearing that I missed clicking (fully) on the link.
Yet, the link reacts to being clicked right as I go to close that window. Would appreciate any answers or suggestions to this quandary.
I wrote back to Big Daddy to tell him that I suspect that he’s using one of the "is this web site unsafe to visit" programs.
It might be a browser add-on, or be a function built into your web browser, or a function of your antivirus/antimalware program — but your browser would first submit the URL to the remote site that would then check the URL against its database of bad sites.
No matter how the process is implemented, it takes time and affects your browser responsiveness. Fortunately, all versions I’ve seen of it will allow the function to be turned off.
Am running no such program. Maybe I misconstrued the problem I was trying to relay, to y’all. Guess I was trying to come-off as being more of a "PC-geek/"English" professor" than I actually am.
Let me simplify it. What I was trying 2 say is— I know for a fact that back when I was running an earlier than "Windows 7" model PC, as soon as I clicked on the link/program the pointer/arrow would change it’s configuration, indicating something was occurring.
It used to show an hour-glass, remember ? Am currently operating "Windows 7". I see no change in the pointer now when I click on a program link. I sit here and twiddle my thumbs now, wondering if I actually clicked it.
Hopefully I conveyed the problem I am experiencing adequately. Is there any thing I can do to remedy this problem ?
Big Daddy still hasn’t told me which web browser he’s using. Therefore, since he’s using Windows 7, I assume that he’s running Internet Explorer 9.
IE9 has one of these web-site warning systems built into it. It’s also turned on by default. It’s called the SmartScreen Filter and is available for modification via IE9’s Tools menu bar.
Remember, if you can’t see the menu bar (which isn’t displayed in the default IE9 installation), just press and release the Alt key. You can display the menu bar all the time in IE9 by displaying the menu bar via the Alt key and then selecting View > Toolbars > Menu bar.
Now, you can select Tools from the menu bar, then SmartScreen Filter
When you select "Turn off SmartScreen Filter…", IE9 will display the SmartScreen Filter dialog box, as shown below.
To turn it off, click the Turn Off SmartScreen Filter radio button, then click OK.
Windows 7 does seem to have delays that weren’t in earlier operating systems from Microsoft — I’ll occasionally click on a link or do something else in some other program (email, spreadsheet, whatever) and Windows 7 will just hang that particular window, often adding a "Not Responding" tag to the particular window’s title bar. Other windows still work fine.
Even worse, I’m also seeing it happen at the office where I still use Windows XP, so that tells me that it may be an undocumented feature (that is, a bug) that has come via Windows Updates. In XP, though, I’m not getting the "Not Responding" notice.
I’m not sure what’s happening there, but I suspect it’s an internal garbage collection routine in Windows (recouping memory that has been used by a program and then subsequently released by the program. That could be what Big Daddy is seeing. If it is, he’s in the same boat with the rest of us.
Additional computer memory might help, but I’m not sure that’s the solution. It can’t hurt, though, and often is one of the easiest solutions to increasing computer speed.