Speed up your internet connection

Speed up your internet

Having a slow internet connection can be a frustrating experience. However there are simple steps you can take to increase your connection speeds.

1. Prevent unauthorized access

If you are using a wireless internet connection, you should set up a password to stop unauthorised users. If you leave your connection unsecured there will no shortage of people happy to connect to your wireless network and use your internet connection for free.

2. Perform PC maintance

The general health of your computer can have a significant effect on your internet browsing experience. The size of hard drive, free disk space and memeory will all have an effect on your internet speed.

3. Check for malware

Viruses, spyware and other forms of malware are well known for slowing down internet connection. Severe infections will cause you to lose connectivity altogether. Spyware particularly will use up your internet connection.

4. Find a faster browser

Most people are unaware that some internet browsers are faster than others. Most people use Internet Explorer, which is not the fastest browser. Install and try a few different browsers on your computer to see if there is any improvement.

5. Upgrade your plan

If you have had your ISP for more than six months, its possible that your plan has become outdated and that your due an upgrade. ISP's will often upgrade your account with any extra charge.

6. Complain to your ISP

So you've checked your computer, router, and telephone line. If they are all working fine, then it suggests you have a poor ISP. Get in contact with your ISP and explain that you having problems. More often that not they will do everything they can to help improve the connection, because like any business they don't want to lose a customer. They maybe able to diagnoise a problem without even having to send a technician round to your house.

7. Move ISP

If all else fails, you will need to change your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

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