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google toolbar slows browser?

toolbar advanced features slows browser

5:58 pm on Jun 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

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i'm running google toolbar on a dell c400 with win 2k and ie 5.5, and find that browsing is markedly slower if i enable the toolbar's "advanced features" setting.

I haven't had any speed problem on other configurations, and wonder if anyone has insight into the cause?

6:31 pm on Jun 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

it's because the toolbar notifies its googlebase about every site you
visit (that has not been in your cache yet / that is fresh.. not sure about this
however, assuming that you enter the index page of some site that you visit
for the first time,
you might have external stylesheet that is loaded, images that are loaded, and
also a request to google containing the address of the page you visit
(there were several discussions about this already, google will use this data
to find sites to index that were not submitted)
along with an id (your google id which also is contained in the google cookies)

so depending on the page (the number of images etc) the ratio of
usual requests to requests+google request is x:x+1
(google's GWS/2.0 servers are pretty fast)


additional request:

GET /search?client=navclient-auto&googleip=;1302&ch=12345678987&q=info:http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Esomedomain%2Ecom HTTP/1.1
Accept: */*
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0)
Connection: keep-alive


HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Server: GWS/2.0
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2002 18:42:00 GMT
Content-Encoding: gzip
Content-Type: text/xml
Cache-Control: private
Set-Cookie: PREF=ID=1a2345678e9876f5:TB=1:TM=1234567890:LM=1234567890:S=kp1dESGper4; domain=.google.com; path=/; expires=Sun, 17-Jan-2038 19:14:07 GMT
Age: 0
Connection: close
9:17 pm on Jun 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

thanks--but i guess i still wonder about the fact that i haven't had this problem with any other configurations, and all of the factors you describe would have applied to them as well. The delay in loading pages is really quite pronounced, lasting 5 or more seconds on a T-1 connection. I don't think it's a hardware issue, as the pc is plenty fast enough browsing with advanced features disabled. it strikes me that there may be some software issue, such as conflict with Vshield, but I haven't found that anyone else reports such problems, so that seems unlikely.