Posted 20 September 2011 - 01:00 AM
Hi! Allow me to explain my situation.
Before I traveled to Ecuador this summer, my relatively new PC ran great, and the DSL internet worked as well as any DSL internet should work. I use firefox and was always able to watch youtube videos without ever having to pause the stream to let them load. I have streamed videos from all sorts of websites where the loading could only occassionaly not keep up with playback.
I came back from Ecuador and found that while my PC still works fine for the most part, the internet has significant lost speed, particularly for streaming videos. A 2 minute long video on youtube will take about 10 minutes to fully load when previously, it was instantaneous. I do not understand what happened to my pc while it lyed dormant for a month. There are also noticeable other hiccups such as firefox now relatively frequently has paused periods while loading websites and gives me the "not responding" message as it struggles and takes a minute to finish the task. This happens even when there is not significant media being loaded, in fact, it happened once while I was typing this topic.
Since discovering this problem, this what recommended steps I have taken:
-used "ad-aware" to scan for spyware. Had some tracking cookies removed
-ran two virus tests using AVG and Norton's free editions. Nothing found.
-Cleaned my registry using Advanced repair and optimization (ARO) 2011 Registry cleaner. Over 1000 "junk" registry errors were found and fixed.
Despite all of this, my internet still streams slowly. I am mostly annoyed by the absurdly long streaming times for video. I have tried using chrome instead of firefox but the issues remain.
I have no idea what to try next so I would really appreciate advice from someone more knowledgeable on the matter.
I am running windows 7 on an HP G70-463CL notebook. If I remember quickly I have 3 GB or available ram and about 150,000 GB of available disk space.