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Okay here is a list of reasons why your Internet connection is not as slow as it is. People think that because they have high-speed Internet that their entire computer is going to run faster, but that is not the case.

Your computer does not have enough memory to render pages as quickly as your modem is recieving them

If your computer is low on memory it doesn't matter how fast your Internet is; pages will low quickly but the computer is still going to think about it for a while before the pages load. Check your computer and see if it even has the minimum amount of memory to run the operating system. Ask yourself when was the last time you actually allowed the computer to update the virus definitions, and when was the last time you did a complete scan for spyware.

The computer has spyware

A good anti-spyware program is Spybot Search and Destroy if you are using Windows XP and before, and you can get by with Windows Defender if you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7. Spybot has been known to have issues with Windows Vista, so I can't recommend it for that reason. Myself personally I was never able to completely finish a scan using that program on Vista. But yes, spyware will slow your computer down to a crawl; not viruses themselves, but spyware. Viruses will keep you from getting onto the Internet though, in some rare occasions.

The computer is using a USB connection

If you can hook up your cable or DSL modem using an ethernet connection as opposed to a USB connection. For those that do not know, ethernet looks like a telephone cable but is usually a bright color and really thick, USB is like a cable used in a cell phone charger or a printer cable. USB uses up the computer's memory in ways that ethernet will not. The modem will drop the connection more often with USB, which gives the appearance of a slow connection; your ISP can help you troubleshoot these issues.

The modem is dropping the connection and resuming quick enough not to kick you offline, but often enough to make it look slower than what it truly is

Often the modem will experience errors that will delay your reception for like milliseconds, but it won't completely drop you offline. Typically this is an issue where there signal is not strong enough through the cable modem. Windows itself will not tell you this, but your ISP can check for this and tell you what the signal strength is.

Your router will always rebroadcast the signal at a rate that is slower than what you are receiving it from your ISP

Connections are always slower when Wi-Fi is involved, it is not theoretically possible for the router to put out the same speed as your modem does because the router is broadcasting the connection on a different IP address and acting as a relay. However the difference is supposed to be slight and imperceptible to all but geeks. See if your system is getting less than 3 bars; in Windows this is enough of a weak signal to either drop you completely or bring about some serious latency. If you are using the router on one floor, and the laptop is on another, you should already know what it is. Most ISP will direct you towards your router manufacturer unless you bought it from them and even still may want another charge for tech support for home networking. This is common; routers are difficult to work through. Typically unplugging the router for a few minutes, restarting the modem and in rare cases, restarting the computer will get you back up and going. If that doesn't work you may want to speak with the router manufacturer if the ISP cannot figure it out.

Test your Internet connection, speakeasy.org and speedtest.net are great sites to use. Also go into DOS in Windows click on start then run then type in cmd once the DOS window comes up type in ping google.com and check your average. If it is more than an average of 20 ms you have a problem; check your cables to see if they are loose then take it from there. On Windows Vista instead of looking for run do a search on cmd from the start search menu then right-click and go into DOS from there and ping.

Your connection may also be slow because for all intents and purposes, you are no longer connected to the Internet. If your cable modem has 3 lights you know you are no longer connected, again check your signal and take it from there. Most times the Internet is slow because of issues with the computer software; browsers can create latency in particular IE 7 and 8. Neither of those should be ran on Windows XP but people do it anyway because Facebook or some other site suggested that they should update, or some site left them without a choice. Always keep Firefox on hand in case Internet Explorer is acting up, and forget about Google Chrome it kicks out too many Shockwave errors that bring it to a halt until that browser can just work its way through Flash incompatibilities like other browsers do I will never recommend it to anyone …

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