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5 Simple Ways to Increase Your Internet Speed

Updated on August 23, 2012

Who would not want a blazing fast internet connection? Whether you access the internet to do your job, work with school projects, watch movies and videos, download important files, or simply communicate with distant love ones, good internet speed will make you more productive and can save you a lot of time. You always have the option to contact your Internet Service Provider and apply for a contract which involves a high bandwidth.

Nevertheless, not all of us can afford such an investment. Is there a way to achieve fast internet without overspending? Of course there is! I may look like a simple slug but I’ve been using the internet for years and known a few tricks on how to easily boost its speed for free! I know you are pretty excited to know how it is done so here are 5 Easy Steps to Increase your Internet Speed!

A virus-infected computer can be closely compared to a sick person.
A virus-infected computer can be closely compared to a sick person.

Certain viruses can slow down your internet connection and make your computing experience horrible. There are thousands or even millions of viruses scattered in the internet today so completely avoiding them is almost impossible. The best way to deal with computer viruses is setting up a strong protection. This doesn’t mean buying the most expensive and famous antivirus software. Even free ones are good enough as long as you constantly update their virus database. Here are a few free applications that I personally trust in assuring that my computer is free from all sorts of viruses and malwares.

· Avira Personal

· Avast Home Edition

· Exterminate It

· Quick Smash

· AVG Home Edition

A famous computer processor.
A famous computer processor.

Buying a new processor is also a proven effective approach to increase your internet connection. Your operating system will work flawlessly with a better processor. You should have at least a Core 2 Duo or Dual Core to assure that your computer’s speed is not the main reason why your internet connection runs slow. While choosing what brand or type of processor to purchase, it’s advisable that you consult an experienced and highly-skilled computer technician. There are various factors that should be considered to guarantee that the processor you’ll purchase is compatible with your motherboard and other computer peripherals. With an expert by your side, you’ll minimize the risk of committing common mistakes while shopping for a new processor. Their services may not be free but you’ll definitely save more time, effort, and money if you let them help you out. You also have the option to build your own PCand entirely upgrade your system although it would require more investment than simply changing your processor.

Top Internet Browsers of 2012
Top Internet Browsers of 2012

People who recently reformatted their computers often suffer from slow internet speed. This is not surprising since you’ll end up having an outdated browser. Anyone can solve this problem since new versions of internet browsers can be downloaded for free. Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are the most famous ones. You can also settle with Opera and other less known internet browsers as long as you make sure that you install the latest version. Most browsers nowadays allow their users to disable pop-up ads and other page elements that can negatively affect browsing speed so it’s imperative that you get the most out of these interesting features.

Avoid downloading huge files as it can slow down your internet connection. If these files are really important, consider using a download manager that can boost download speed while leaving your internet browsing experience unaffected. I highly suggest Orbitdownloader especially if you want to download streamed multimedia files from the internet. This application is completely free so you don’t need to worry about added expenses just to increase your internet speed. Downloading through a torrent is also a great idea especially if the file you want to download is quite famous. Keep in mind that torrent download is only efficient if numerous people are downloading the same file since its structure allows users to help each another. Here is a hub that discusses the Fastest Way to Download Videos Online which can be really helpful.

If you tried the all the steps already mentioned yet your internet connection is still as slow as a slug, maybe the problem inhibits in your hardware. Try replacing your internet cable or router. If possible, bypass LAN switches and choose a direct connection. Poor hardware performance will directly affect your internet connection. Purchase a high-performance router and internet cable. Don’t worry about the investment since it’s just an initial loss. Quality products will last for years while substandard ones offer poor performance and only last for a couple of months or even weeks if used abusively. Keeping your hardware away from pets, excessive heat, and other factors that can ruin it must also be among your priorities.

There you have it! Simply follow these simple tips and I can guarantee that your internet speed will improve. Have I missed something? Or are my tips ineffective? Leave a comment. Do you find this hub interesting and useful? Share it to your friends and spread the good news so all of us can browse the internet in lightning speed!

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