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Download Speed Severely Deteriorated

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#1 Eagle7


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Posted 07 May 2006 - 04:34 PM


I need to pick your brains as I'm having a problem with download speeds, and don't quite know the best way to troubleshoot this issue.

I run Win XP Home, SP2, with 56kb dial up. My email client is Thunderbird and I browse with Firefox. Until sometime in the last couple of months, my normal download speed would average around 7kbps. Now, I'm lucky if I can get 2.7! What do you suppose is up with that? My connection speed, according to my ISP is 49.2kbps, and that seems consistent. Any download, software, updates, etc all see to run around this 2.7.

A couple of months ago, I started up with a new ISP. This ISP employs the use of a filter called "Netsweeper". The ISP insured me that this filter would NOT affect my surfing speeds, and it hasn't. I also use their Accelleration software, and that works very well.

The only other change I can think of, is that I have been using a 30 trial of AVG software. During that time both download speed and sending of mail speed decreased dramatically, especially when sending photos! I now have since purchased my AVG software, no change.

Could this possibly be related to my local phone service provider? If so, my connection speed would have deteriorated also tho, right? Sure appreciate anyone's insight into this one. Thanks in advance.

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 04:31 PM

I think this might be caused by AVG's real-time monitoring and filtering; however, I don't know if it would affect the speed by that much.
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Posted 08 May 2006 - 04:49 PM

Thanks Elandil,

I was supposing those two items to have some effect, but.. If they are responsible, guess I'd rather be slow and safe than the alternative. Can't be too careful these days. Thanks for your reply, much appreciated.

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 05:28 PM

There are several points covered in this post,Slow Computer Checklist, by Moderator jgweed ... have a look

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