How to fix a slow internet connection

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A slow Internet connection can be extremely frustrating when you are working online. You can contact a computer technician, but they will most likely charge you a large amount of money to just look at your computer. To avoid repair costs, there are some simple tricks you can try on your own to fix a slow Internet connection.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Run a virus scan on your computer. If your virus and spyware protection are up-to-date, the scan will detect any offenders and remove them from your computer.

  2. 2

    Unplug your modem and wait a minute. Many times resetting a modem will fix the slow Internet connection.

  3. 3

    Perform a system restore on your computer. This allows you to undo any harmful changes that you have made to your computer that could be causing the slower Internet.

  4. 4

    Free up space on your hard drive. Routinely removing temporary Internet files and programs that you no longer use will help keep your computer running efficiently.

  5. 5

    Test your connection. Many Internet providers will allow you to use their site to check to make sure that there is not a problem with your connection.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also try a new Internet browser to improve your Internet's speed. Many people have found that switching to Mozilla Firefox from Internet Explorer has helped.
  • Contact a computer technician if none of these steps have fixed the problem.

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