I apologise for the flip comment, but with DSL I'm contracted for a
minimum of 80%. of 7.1mbps down / 768mpbs Up. Actual speed depends upon
the path to the target server athe what speed that server can serve, and
not my connection to ISP. Speeds vary between 80kbs - 7mbps depending
upon target server. I regularly pull stuff from a private UK server at
As other folks have mentioned, if you have not done it
already, download AdAware (www.lavasoft.de) and Spybot Search and
Destroy (www.safer-networking.org). They are both excellent
programs, but seem to find a SLIGHTLY different set of adware and
spyware items. Install, run the online update, and let them go
to town. Quarantine anything the programs find.
If you don't have a good anti-virus program, either buy
one, or download it. AVG (www.grisoft.com) is an excellent and
(Before doing the following, make a backup of any important
data on your system. While these steps should not destroy anything,
there is always that joyous chance of disaster.)
Also, go into your system and clear off ALL cookies, history
files, and temp files (delete all files in C:\windows\temp or whatever
is on your system). Track down any other work files you can and
delete them. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT A FILE DO *NOT* DELETE IT. If
you use Internet Exploder to cruise the net, shut it down, and find
the "Temporary Internet Files" folder. Delete everything in it.
Empty the recycle bin. Run a GOOD defrag on the system (one that
will actually optimize things, as opposed to simply shuffling things
around a bit). I prefer Norton Utilities myself, but others work too.
After all this, reboot the system, and see if the speed
has improved. I suspect that it might well have helped.
The next step is to bring up the task manager (ctl-alt-del
once) and see what programs are running. Systray and explorer
NEED to be running...almost anything else may not. Find out
what each of the listed programs do, and decide if you want to
allocate system resources to that job. If not, bring up the
"run" command (START button->RUN) and run "MSCONFIG". Use
it to turn off anything extra.
Finally...Find and treasure the name and contact number
for your local computer geek. If you screw up the system you
will NEED such a person to clean up the mess without losing
everything. Many support places will simply format your
hard drive and re-install a clean copy of windows...which will
get you back to running, but, will likely lose all your data.
You probably don't want that.
Did I mention...make a good backup before randomly
Great info, Dave. Even though I have spybot installed, Adware found a
few things. And after resetting the router, it seems to be running at
top speed again. A 5Meg download took around 6 seconds. :-)
Dave Mundt wrote:
Agreed. I thought they were the same type of program, but they do
compliment each other well. I need to install them on the wife's pc,
she surfs a lot and it seems as if every week I have to look at her pc
to see what 'must have installed itself'. ;-) Mark L.
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