[How To] Temporary Solution to the Slow/Laggy Facebook in Malaysia (Windows only)

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Update 1: Fix updated for those concern about security issue.

If you are staying in Malaysia and have recently found that your Facebook has been loaded quite unbelievably slow, you are definitely not alone. The author of this post have the same issue, especially during the photo viewing, it is pretty laggy.

Luckily there is a temporary solution for this. It is being a temporary solution because I believe eventually the problem will be solved by Facebook themselves, plus if there are more people know about this workaround, it might cause congestion as well, therefore the temporary.

Basically it requires a minimal changes in your Windows file, and you can start to feel the difference in loading times. So let’s get started!

Steps to butter-smooth Facebook

First of all, you must log in to your Windows with administrator access (if the computer is your personal one, most likely you are the administrator).

On Windows Vista/7, if it is possible, turn off the User Account Control (UAC) to prevent unnecessary warning to the modification. To access the UAC settings, click Start button, then click on your display picture. Change the UAC settings to Never Notify. You can always turn it back to the default settings if you wish to.

Browse for a file called ‘hosts’. The location of the file is at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\. Right click on the file, and select Open. You should be prompted with a list of program, choose Notepad.

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Once the hosts file is opened in Notepad, just add the following text to the end of the text file:

static.ak.fbcdn.net www.facebook.com

Press Ctrl+S to save the file and you can close the file. Try to load your Facebook page again after a few seconds and see if the workaround works for you. For me, ping time has been greatly reduced and Facebook is butter smooth again.

Is this workaround work for you?

Note: For Linux users, please refer to hehehunter.com for the solution, it involved a very similar modification.

Credit: Hehehunter.com

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