Why Is My Laptop So Slow on the Internet?

Updated April 17, 2017

Despite the advances made in the speed of Internet connectivity around the world, laptop users will still find their connections grinding to a halt. Several factors can result in a slow Internet connection on a laptop computer.

Connection Speed

If your laptop is connected to the Internet via a dial-up network, accessing web pages and other Internet content will be slow compared to faster networks like broadband or high-speed wireless. Lethargic dial-up speed is an issue that can only be fixed by upgrading to a faster connection.


Laptop computers infected with malware, spyware, viruses and other malicious files will function slower than uninfected machines. The corrupted files bog down the system, dragging Internet speed to a crawl. Anti-virus software can diagnose the problems, and in some cases it will be able to eliminate the questionable files and restore system speed to normal.

Network Congestion

When multiple users are sharing the same connection, each computer will be limited in how much information it can upload at one time. This will result in slower Internet connections for all computers on the network. The best way to avoid this is to use the laptop during non-peak Internet hours, like early in the morning or late at night.

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