If your once raven tresses have turned to gray while sitting in front of your snail-paced computer, then maybe it's time to seek information on how to increase your internet speed. You could use the savings in hair coloring to pay for any computer upgrades that may be required.
The onset of internet lethargy is gradual and barely noticeable until the clock confirms the ugly suspicion; your computer is victim of slow internet syndrome. Not to despair, there are measures you can take to speed up your slow internet.
- Check internet connection. One of the causes of a slow internet is slow connection speeds caused by a slow modem or poor phone lines. Internet connections using phone lines are dial-up, DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) and cable. If your modem speed is below 40K, you should consider a modem upgrade. To check modem connection speed: Click Start. Click Control panel. Click System. In the lower right corner, you will see computer processor type and speed.
- Clear temporary internet files. The information for each page or website you visit is stored on your computer as a temporary file. The storage place for these temporary files is called a cache. When a page or website is revisited, your computer searches through the cache for the requested page or website, and depending of the size of the cache, it could be a slow and tedious task. To clear all temporary files: Open Internet Explorer browser. Click Tools menu. Click Internet Options. On Internet Properties page, under Browsing history, click Delete. On the Delete Browsing history page, click Delete. Click OK when deletion process is finished. To designate which temporary files you want to delete, follow these steps: Open your Internet Explorer browser. Click Tools menu. Click Internet Options. On the Internet Options screen under Browsing history, click delete. Under Delete Browsing History, check the box next to the files you want to delete: Temporary Files, Cookies, Passwords, History form data and InPrivate Filtering Data. Click Delete. Click OK when deletion process is finished.
- Is your RAM low?Low RAM (random access memory) can definitely cause slow internet speed. The decision to add more RAM can only benefit the performance of your computer, and can be purchased at an electronics or computer store. If RAM is less than 512MB, additional memory is recommended. To check RAM: First click Start, then Control Panel. Next, click Systems. In the lower right corner of the page, the RAM size is shown (e.g., 512MB of Ram).
- Scan and remove spyware. If you download music, movies, videos or games via P2P file sharing systems, chances are spyware is attached. Spyware, once installed, works behind the scene gathering your personal information or your web history. Make sure your spyware and anti-virus protection software is current and perform scans routinely.
- Clear out old emails and downloaded files. Go through read and unread emails, and consider how often downloaded music, movies, games and photographs are accessed. There are many seldom used files taking up valuable space on your computer that would be better saved to disc or stored offline.
How to speed up your slow internet is an elimination process. As you implement each of the steps listed in this article, there should be a noticeable improvement in the speed of your internet.