I have written a number of articles about increasing internet speed on my blog. This time i am consolidating those posts into one for your easy reference.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT BROWSER
I have tried Internet Explorer (of course! it’s the default browser for any windows computer), Maxthon Browser (it’s a tweaked version of IE done by a Chinese wizard), Google Chrome (supposedly faster because it’s Google), Apple Safari (it’s not only for Mac, Windows too!), and now Firefox (a versatile browser by Mozilla).
I dropped IE for its vulnerability to malware attacks and shifted to Maxthon for the latter’s more advanced features. But i had to leave Maxthon due to some browsing errors inherent perhaps to its resemblance to IE.
When Chrome was released by Google in 2008, i immediately made a try for a couple of days (not weeks) but promptly dropped it because at that time it had so many bugs being still in beta stage (after 15 major updates, Google is no longer in Beta and full version was completed in Dec. 2008). I still have to re-examine Google’s full-version. Just as i am writing this post on Firefox browser, i am downloading and installing Chrome for a second try.
I made a try with Safari but decided later to remove it from my system because of its bulky size.After reading some articles, i have been using Firefox by Mozilla. One thing that convinced me to stick with Firefox is its “openness” to several applications that we could utilize for a better browsing experience. However, for the past weeks i encountered several crashes on Firefox,especially on the flash player and a number of times of hangs.
Just as i am continuing this post, i already used the Chrome (take note of the minimalist header and tabs) to have a second try of this browser from Google. Indeed, it’s fast!
REDUCING THE WINDOWS UPDATE RESERVED BANDWIDTH
Windows by default reserved 20% of our internet connection bandwidth for Windows Updates. But since we’re not using Windows Update on a daily basis, it is only right to reduce it. Some put the values at zero but i opted to a maximum of 5%.
Here’s how to do it: (note: XP Home doesn’t support Group Policy)
Open RUN dialog, and type gpedit.msc, then click ENTER
The Group Policy window opens, Click Local Computer Policy, Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Network, QoS Packet Scheduler–as shown below.
Highlight the “Limit reservable bandwidth” item on the QoS Packet Scheduler pane at right to read the information about it. Take note the “limit reservable bandwidth” item is already Enabled. By default, it’s not enabled.
Double click the item–“Limit reservable bandwidth” to open its properties in another dialog box. Click the “Enabled” radio button and set the bandwidth limit to as low as 5%. Some suggest to set at ZERO. Click OK. Done!
USING GOOGLE DNS
Don’t use openDNSas previously featured on my blog because of some issues. Instead use the Google public DNS. Click here for the instruction on how to do it. The reason why it’s fast to browse while using the Google DNS is the vast computer network of Google.
CLEAN YOUR PC FROM VIRUSES
Of course, the ways mentioned above should be paired with better specs of your machine– enough RAM and disk space, fast internet connection, and a cleaned PC (without malwares and viruses). Trojans can effectively slow down your connection speed as it will connect to a malicious site while working at the background.
I am using the INTERNET BOOSTER of the Advanced System Care utility tool for the optimization of my internet connection. Click here for details.
Disable some Add-ons that you are not actually using. If you’re using Internet Explorer or Firefox, go to TOOLS and select MANAGE ADD-ONS. Look for enabled add-ons and disabled those that you’re not using.
MONITOR YOUR INTERNET SPEED
You can use speedtest.net in monitoring your internet speed.