I have Edge, Chrome and Firefox installed, all up to date. I should have thought to turn off updates to Maxthon when I was using it, but it updated to a much more full-featured browser, and it didn't run WGT smoothly any more.
I'm pretty sure I tried to reinstall an older version back then (maybe a year ago?) but I was unable to do it successfully. I went back and forth with Maxthon tech help several times. I'll give it another try.
For the last year, I've been using Edge, which gave me the only smooth meter, but it also won't save my WGT preferences, so I have to logon every time, and I have to reset the game options before I play every time. It is a hassle, but it was the best I could do.
I have Chrome, Firefos and Edge installed, and none start on startup. My laptop is from 2009, and my cable gives me about 11.5 mbps which has been sufficient for all my purposes, including streaming movies. I haven't even had the wgt game crashing in a long time, either (knock on wood).
Thanks again for your assistance.