Tips & Tricks: Why is my internet so slow?
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As an IT support company we get a fair amount of calls asking the dreaded question: why is my internet so slow? Many people experience slow internet all of sudden or intermittently and a lot of the time this could be easily sorted by our advice listed below.Of course, there isn’t one definite answer for this as it can be down to various problems. What we can do however is introduce you to the most common reasons and solutions for this issue.
“Why is my internet so slow?” Well, why is it?
- The first, and possibly the easiest solution, is troubleshooting. If you are using Windows they offer a built-in troubleshooting programme for when scenarios like these do happen. To access this on your Windows PC click on the Start button and then search for ‘troubleshooter.’ Then click troubleshooting. Now, once given several options, choose ‘Connect to the Internet’ which is under the ‘Network and Internet folder.’ This then guides you in fixing some of the most common connection problems.
- If you’re guilty of having a PC full of spyware, viruses and add-ons then this limits the amount of memory that the computer has. Spyware can slow your whole system down as it interferes with your browser and monopolises your internet connection. To avoid this you can regularly run anti-spyware/adware software. These types of software can find and clean your PC of malicious programmes that could be affecting your connection. Viruses can use up a large fraction of your internet in order to spread the code to as many parts of your computer as possible. Of course, this slows down to the machine to the point where it can’t be used. Again, regularly running anti-virus software can definitely prevent any case of this happening.
- Try connecting to your device using an Ethernet cable instead of a wireless connection. Chances are, this is going to give you a faster speed. This is because it means you are connecting your computer directly to the router. However, this isn’t always the most practical answer – As it does mean that you have to be within a reasonable distance of the router in order for the cable to be able to reach.
- If more than the advised number of devices is connected to your router this could result in everyone connected having to suffer with slow internet. By disconnecting devices that are connected but not being used, this could significantly speed up your own internet speed.