If you suddenly discover your computer is running at a snail’s pace don’t worry the fix can be simple. Many people are quick to blame their ISP provider. However, it usually has nothing to do with your internet provider.
Slow computer are often the results of viruses, spy-ware, and ad-ware. These things make your computer act like it has been taken over by aliens. There are simple things you can do to keep your computer running at the speeds your ISP provides.
1.Anti-virus- Make sure you have an anti-virus installed and updated on your computer. You have to keep the virus definitions updated on a regular basis. Most programs have a setting that will automatically check for new updates. If you don’t want to pay for an anti-virus program there are several ones you can download for free. (AVG, PC-Tools)
2.Spy-ware- Spy-ware programs will slow your computer down drastically. They can change your settings on things like your browser’s homepage. Web pages will load super slow. This again is not the fault of your ISP. You will need to install a program to remove the spy-ware. A good program to use is Lavasoft’s Ad- aware. It is free to use.
3.Reboot the Modem- If you discover your internet seems to be running slower than usual try rebooting the modem. Unplug it and leave it for a minute or two. Once you plug it in your internet should pick back up again. Most problems with internet connections can be fixed by resetting the modem.
When your computer is running slow it can be very frustrating. You want to blame someone for the problems and your ISP may seem like a good choice, but they are usually not at fault. You may also expect faster speeds than your current plan provides you with. A call to your ISP will let you know if there is a faster plan available.
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