How to Speed Up Slow Internet

By Louise Balle

Ideally, you shouldn't have to wait more than a few seconds to download a standard website, especially if it is mostly text. If you find that your Internet connection is lagging and pausing for long periods of time (minutes or more) before downloading information, you could have a variety of problems with your computer. Don't ignore the problem any longer, because it could be a more serious issue that can compromise your computer system (or your personal information saved on the computer) over time.

Things You'll Need

  • Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware software

Step 1

Clear your cache. The cache is full of temporary Internet files that you downloaded while browsing the Internet, like movies, music and large photos. Once your system is clear of these items the Internet may move more quickly.

Step 2

Use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. These browsers are known throughout the Internet community for allowing you to have a quicker (and safer) Internet browsing experience.

Step 3

Connect to a wireless connection that is closest to your computer. Sometimes when you connect to a wireless connection that only has one or two bars of strength, the Internet is slower. Connect directly to your cable or DSL modem with your Ethernet cord

Step 4

Download an Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware program like McAfee or Panda Software. Do a full scan check to see if a malicious program is causing your computer Internet connection to slow down. Those programs activate when you connect to the Internet and might be working in the background, which would cause your connection to be slow. If there are in fact viruses and spyware programs on your computer, quarantine, delete or complete the other actions suggested by your virus program to rid your system of the problem. Restart your system and connect to the Internet to see if that helped speed things up.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are still using a dial up modem to connect to the Internet, there is not much you can do to speed up your slow Internet. Some providers, like Netzero, do offer dial-up Internet speed boosting products for an additional fee but they are not as fast as cable or DSL Internet.
  • Beware of websites that require you to stream large files, like music and movies. This can be a main cause of a sudden slowdown in your Internet connection. Some streamed videos can also house malicious software as well, which is why it's best to always keep an anti-virus program active on your computer.