Posted 08 February 2006 - 09:27 AM
You don't mention what type of internet connection you have, but if it is a dialup you will see a wide disparity of how fast web sites load. In the old days (the late 90's) web sites were created to work well with a dial up connection. But now that is not neccessarily the case. Many sites have 'heavy' pages and really were designed for high speed internet connections. So if you have dialup and visit a 'heavy' page, it is going to take a long time to load.
Another reason can be the speed of which the site is being sent to you. If you visit ebay at 5 am on a Tuesday morning you can expect the pages to load faster than if you visit ebay on Friday night at 9 pm when the entire United States is on line and trying to get on ebay.
I have also experienced slow page loadings on dialup connections on a very windy day. My guess is it has to do with the phone lines swinging in the wind.
Lastly, some malicious software installed on your computer, such as a virus, can cause this behaviour. The job of many viruses, adware, spyware, etc, is to 'take over' your internet connection and report to it's creator (if spyware) or download ads (adware) or open the backdoor and download it's buddies. In any event it will slow down your connection speeds in trying to download the pages and other things you may want from the internet.
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