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Do YouTube downloads slow internet loading?


Do YouTube downloads slow internet loading? I’ve downloaded a number of long
musicals including operas from YouTube. Now my internet pages take much longer
to load. Is that what causes the problem? Can I solve it by downloading these
musicals on to a flash drive and then deleting them from my C drive?

In this excerpt from
Answercast #57
, I look at a system that seems slow after downloading
large files.

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Downloading large files

No. Once they’re downloaded, what you have on your machine should have almost
no impact on your browser speed… wherever they happen to reside.

The browser’s basically done with them. You’ve downloaded them. The
browser’s role with them is over.

Clear the cache

In reality, I suspect you have other things going on. I would probably start
by having you clear your browser cache.

It is possible… I suppose that a history of downloading a number of these
things may have filled up your cache and could be slowing down the browser down
that way. I’d be surprised, but it’s a quick and easy fix.

I have an article on how to
clear your browser cache
. And I strongly recommend that you start by doing

Other problems

If that doesn’t resolve it, then we probably need to start looking at other
things that are completely unrelated to this download of musicals or
large video files. I think the fact that you look at them is probably just
coincidental to something else unrelated going on on your machine.

End of Answercast #57 Back to –
Audio Segment

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1 thought on “Do YouTube downloads slow internet loading?”

  1. Here in the UK, many ISPs have a ‘fair use’ policy, so that after downloading some volume of data at normal speed, they then reduce (‘throttle’) the speed of your connection for the rest of that session (normally a number of hours, less than a day).


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