you think that your broadband is not running as fast as it usually
does then there could be a number of possible explanations or reasons.
off you can try running a broadband
speed test that will give an indication at what speed your broadband
is running at.
provider has a service and support page or telephone line then
it is worth either looking at the page or ringing the number and
see if they have any reported problems that could explain the reason
why your broadband is not running as fast.
explanation that affects some broadband users are "fair
usage policies" that in some cases reduce the speed a user
can connect to broadband with. This is usually applied to users
who over use their bandwidth allowance (it must be noted though
that even on some unlimited bandwidth deals fair usage policies
you using P2P (Peer to Peer) file sharing programs? If so then try
turning the file sharing program off, as file sharing programs use
up allot of bandwidth some broadband providers limit the speed you
can use the internet if you are using file sharing programs. If
you turn off the file sharing program and your broadband speed goes
back to normal then it is an indication that maybe your broadband
provider does restrict your broadband access if you are using file
sharing programs. A idea would be to only use the file sharing programs
when you are not trying to use the Internet for other things.
none of the above apply then there is a chance you may have a virus
on your computer. A computer virus is likely to not just slow your
broadband and Internet down but your computer too. If you find that
not only is your broadband running slower but you notice that your
computer is a bit more sluggish or notice that you have corrupt
files or programs are not opening then you may well have a computer
virus. Another way to check as an indicator of a possible virus
is if you do not use your computer and notice lights still flashing
such as the hard drive light on the computer terminal. If this is
the case you should make sure you have the latest version of your
anti virus (if you don't have any anti
virus software then check out our guide to free anti virus software)
and run a full scan on your computer.
other possibility is that you may have got Spyware (adware &
scumware are also names used). Adware are is caused by programs
infecting your computer without you knowing in many cases. Quite
often you will get adware installed on your computer on the back
of you downloading another program. The adware then targets adverts
when you surf the Internet and causes pop ups and adverts on your
screen. To combat this it is worth getting protection against adware
in the forum of free programs that can stop adware programs infecting
and ruining your computer.