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Internet Surfing Slowdown. Any Solutions?

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#1 toebreaker


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Posted 21 April 2008 - 10:37 PM

Okay, yaíll, hereís the issue I hope someone has the solution to. Three days ago, my laptopís internet browsing speed became lower than normal. Originally, pages would load almost instantaneously. Now, pages take 10-30 seconds to fully load. I use my internet router at home for my wireless connection. Itís been the same router and connection for 2 years. Thinking my browsing slowdown had to do with browser, Iíve tried IE and FireFox. Same slowdown. Is it my router? I donít think so b/c my sisterís laptop, which has RAM and processor speed about ľ of my laptopís and uses the same wireless connection I use, loads some pages even faster than mine! Also, I just went to a coffee shop with free wireless and my browsing speed has the same slowdown. Again, I noticed this only 3 days ago. All my other apps and programs on my laptop work perfectly.

Steps Iíve taken:
>>> Scanned for viruses, adware, malware, and spyware with several programs multiple times. (exclusive anti-virus) Nothing shows up Ė my laptop is completely clean.
>>> Deleted all cookies and temp internet files.
>>> Uninstalled and then reinstalled FireFox.
>>> Tried t run a System Restore back to the time I didnít have this internet surfing slowdown. My laptop said no changes to my computer has been made since then.
>>> Pinged using ipconfig. Tests come back fine.
>>> Rebooted a few times.
Iíve noticed that sites with many images take much longer to load. Like I said before, every other app and program works perfectly fine. BTW, I have Windows XP. This dang internet surfing slowdown is quite annoying! Anyone with the solution? Thanks a bunch!

{Moved from 98 to XP~~boopme}

Edited by boopme, 21 April 2008 - 11:15 PM.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 11:28 PM

Here's a few things you can try. Try them one at a time and see if there is any improvement.

1. Log on as an administrator, go Start > Run and type: "cmd". In the window that appears type: "netsh winsock reset". When the program is finished, you will receive the message: "Successfully reset the Winsock Catalog. You must restart the machine in order to complete the reset." Close the command box and reboot your computer.

2. Go Start > Run > type: "cmd" In the window that appears type: "ipconfig /flushdns". Close the command box.

3. Go Start > Control Panel > Network Connections. Right click on your default connection, usually Local Area Connection or Dial-up Connection if you are using Dial-up, and and choose Properties. Double-click on the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) item. Select the radio button that says "Obtain DNS servers automatically". Reboot. Warning: Some Internet Service Providers need specific DNS settings. You need to make sure that you know if such DNS settings are required before you make this change.
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