will increase 4gb ram to 8gb speed up the internet?

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  1. shitoyama macrumors member

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    will increase 4gb ram to 8gb speed up the internet?
     
  2. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    Not really, but it will speeds up how many tabs you can open!
     
  3. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    More ram doesn't speed up anything it only defers the slow down one experiences when lots and lots of apps are open. With tabs in a browser alone you cannot possible need more than 4 GB. Even if you use loads of tabs activating a bit of HDD cache solves the problem without any significant performance loss as you cannot actively use 100 tabs anyway at the same time.
     
  4. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    No.

    More RAM only allows you to have more programs open at once without noticing a slowdown, it will not speed up any part of the computer's functions, only delay the time until it bogs down.
     
  5. B.LI macrumors regular

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    ^second that

    internet speed depends on you internet broadband
     
  6. shitoyama thread starter macrumors member

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    Will having virus on a macbook causes the internet to slow down?
     
  7. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    There are no viruses that currently run on a Mac, so that's nothing to worry about.
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Iy might result in a perceived speed up. If you are almost out of RAM and you open a new tab in Safari, the graphics etc on that page will be cached to a virtual file on the HDD rather than RAM resulting in the page displaying slower.
     
  9. vitzr macrumors 68030

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    Ram prices being reasonable right now is a good time to add more. It will indeed speed up the overall experience but not speed up your Internet connection. Where you notice it is even when launching the browser, apps etc.

    No worries about any viruses, just be wise about malware as Macs get more popular. There's one circulating presently in the form of a PDF. Google to read about it. Easy to avoid as long as you practice careful computing. Macs are especially secure.
     
  10. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020

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    Internet bandwidth is not improvable via hardware upgrades, unfortunately.
    The only advantage you'll get is that your browser will run smoother if you are using a lot of apps, perhaps virtualization software.
     
  11. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    Open your activity monitor in the utility folder and see where the slow down is.
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any, since it was released 10 years ago. The handful of trojans that exist can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
    If your internet connection is slow, it could be a number of things, including an issue with your ISP, your connection, your router, or a problem with a specific site, etc. Try clearing your browser cookies and cache and restarting your browser. You can also turn off any extensions and ad-blockers, to make sure they're not interfering.

    If you're experiencing slow performance overall, launch Activity Monitor and change "My Processes" at the top to "All Processes". Then look to see what may be consuming system resources. Also look at the System Memory tab at the bottom of Activity Monitor. If your "page outs" are significant under normal workloads, you may benefit from more RAM. Be aware that the "page outs" are cumulative since your last restart, so to get a true picture, restart your computer and track "page outs" under your normal workload.
     
  13. TheJing macrumors 6502a

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    I've used both Mac and Windows machines in the last 10 years and both without getting a single virus. Common sense is enough to avoid viruses on Windows as well.
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's not true. While you may not have encountered a virus in your experience, there are Windows viruses in the wild that can infect a user's computer without their knowledge or permission, even if the user is practicing common sense and safe computing.
     
  15. marc11 macrumors 68000

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    BS I have used Windows for years, since the days of 3.1 and have NEVER gotten a virus. Smart computer use can avoid a virus on any platform.
     
  16. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Again, just because you haven't gotten one in your particular experience doesn't mean that others can't, since viruses can infect without any action on the part of a user. Being a smart user isn't enough to protect against a true virus in the wild.
     

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