How to Speed Up Internet Service for Free

By Matthew Schieltz

An enjoyable Internet experience depends on the speed of your Internet service, among other factors. Sluggish Internet speeds cause user frustration and make working online less productive. Many fool-proof ways to speed your Internet service exist for both broadband connections, like cable and DSL, as well as dial-up Internet. Sometimes, however, underlying problems remain with your Internet service provider (ISP), and contacting them may be necessary if you continue to experience unreasonably slow connection speeds and load times.

Step 1

Delete temporary Internet files, browser history and cookies from your computer. An Internet cache filled with temporary files and cookies slows down your realized Internet speed. Click the Tools menu and select the "Clear Recent History" option if using Firefox. Leave the default settings and click "Clear Now" in the box that pops up.In Internet Explorer, click "Delete Browsing History" under the Safety drop-down menu. Keep the default settings and click "Delete."Using Google Chrome, click the Tools icon in the upper right-hand corner of the browser and select "Options." Select the "Under the Hood" tab and click "Clear Browsing Data" to remove Internet history and cache.

Step 2

Remove spyware and malware from your computer. Many computer viruses, Trojans, spyware and other malware use your active Internet connection, making your connection speed sluggish and seem much slower than it actually is. Install an anti-virus or anti-malware program on your computer, such as Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, AVG Antivirus or Avira AntiVir. Perform a complete system scan. Click the "Fix" or "Remove" button to get rid of the viruses and problems that the software finds.

Step 3

Install a faster Internet browser. Download and install either Google Chrome, Safari or Mozilla Firefox. These Internet browsers use specific JavaScript engines that makes graphics load faster and interactive Web features perform smoother than other browsers such as Internet Explorer.

Step 4

Remove Internet browser add-ons and extensions. Add-ons and extensions run alongside your Internet browser, using your connection and browser resources. Uninstall any unnecessary browser add-ons, as having too many installed makes your Internet speed seem slower.

Step 5

Optimize your wireless router's performance. Move the wireless router device to a more central location in the building instead of in a closed-off area to receive the best signal. Change the wireless "channel" of your router to increase signal strength and avoid interference from other devices, such as portable telephones and baby monitors. Improving your wireless signal boosts Internet speed performance and makes it run faster.

Step 6

Look at the way your modem is hooked up to the phone line if you're using a dial-up Internet connection. Unhook any other devices sharing the phone line's connection with the modem--such as a fax machine--as these devices consume bandwidth even when not in active use. Buy a shorter wire to hook your Internet modem to the phone line. Shorter lines transmit data faster, thus making your Internet speed faster.