YouTube Video Stops or Freezes

Starting a few weeks ago, whenever I would try to play a YouTube video, it would play maybe a quarter to a third of the video, and then stop. Clicking my browser’s Refresh button didn’t help, so I tried clearing the cache – the temporary files Web browsers store that often cause problems. That didn’t help either.

After some research, I learned that Web optimizers can conflict with YouTube and cause the videos to freeze in midstream. Sure enough, several weeks ago, I had installed DISH Optimizer – a program from DISH Network that’s supposed to improve the performance of my satellite Internet connection.

I ran Windows Control Panel and then used Add/Remove Programs to de-install DISH Optimizer. YouTube videos are running fine now. In fact, the overall speed of my Web surfing has seemed to improve.

Moral of the story: If you’re having trouble loading Web pages or playing video or other media through your browser, check to see whether you have any Web browser optimizing programs installed. If you do, try disabling them or uninstalling them to determine whether they were causing the problem.

Meet the Author

Joe Kraynak

Author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Computer Basics.

3 comments… add one
  • avatar Anonymous Nov 20, 2009, 1:24 am

    Why not try Video sharer, it is a free youtube video downloader.

  • avatar monalisa dukes Jul 3, 2011, 7:07 pm

    I can watch anything on youtube it keep freezing

  • avatar Mark W Dec 21, 2011, 1:06 am

    I don’t have any optimizers installed, yet I have had this problem off and on on three PCs here. Back in the summer when I first installed Chrome, I had to use IE to play Youtube videos because Chrome wouldn’t make it through a single video over 30 seconds in length. Then mysteriously, the problem cleared up on all three computers.. now this week, I had to reinstall Chrome and am finding it won’t play Youtube videos again. No one seems to have an answer to this.

Leave a Comment

To prove you're a person (not a spam script), type the security word shown in the picture. Click on the picture to hear an audio file of the word.
Click to hear an audio file of the anti-spam word