If being on the internet constantly is part of your daily routine, then you would understand the frustrations of poor internet connection. What if your network is actually good but you are still finding it very difficult to open some websites?
That is the problem most people face. They ascribe the snail pace of their PC browser to poor network. Most often, network strengths are adequate enough to open web pages only. Especially if these pages are low on graphics.
The problem in cases like these is down to some software using up your internet bandwidth without your knowledge. On of the first things I normally do when setting up a new laptop for somebody is to disable ‘Automatic Updates’ in Windows Control Panel.
Leaving you Windows update settings to always search and apply updates is not advisable if you are on a limited data plan. Your data allocation would be completely wiped out before you know it.
Another bad thing about leaving ‘Auto Updates’ on is that it interferes with your online work by slowing down the loading of pages while Windows Explorer is busy looking for updates in the background.
This post is not about ‘Auto Updates’ settings though. I am assuming you’d already taken care of the problem of auto updates and are still experiencing slow internet on your PC.
All things being equal, the slow internet in a case like this is caused by some apps working in the background like I said earlier. The issue now is to show you how to disable these apps and enjoy your browsing.
The first place to head to is the ‘Task Manager’. Windows ‘Task Manager’ has a lot of functions. For most people, it is the place to head to when they want to end programs that frooze and are unresponsive. I must contact confess, that is my favourite use of the task manager too.
To open ‘Task Manager is ‘easy and there are several ways you can do it as you can see from this post.
Holding down Ctrl + alt and then hitting the ‘Delete’ button would bring up a window with options. Clicking the ‘Task Manager’ option would bring up the ‘Task Manger’ window.
If you don’t like using those key combinations like me, just click on a blank area of your task bar. In the tiny window that appears, scroll down and click the ‘Start Task Manger‘ option. The ‘Task Manager’ window would now open.
Now your job is to tweak the computer to close down processes slowing down your internet speed. To do that you need to disable what is known as ‘BITS’, that is, Background Intelligent Transfer Services in full.
To do so, you should first of all head to the top of the ‘Task Manager’ and click on the ‘Services’ tab.
A new window would open displaying all the services currently running in Windows Explorer. Unfortunately the running services are not arranged alphabetically, so you need to keep keen, sharp eye out for BITS as you scroll down the list or else you might miss it.
When you locate BITS, all you need to do is ‘right click’ it and and then click on ‘Stop Service’. That is all. You can now exit ‘Task Manager’ and enjoy your browsing.
When you are through with whatever you were doing online, it is a good idea to go back and enable BITS as they are necessary to keep your system running like a well oiled engine.
If after doing all that and you are still experiencing slow loading of pages, then I guess your network at the moment is actually very poor. There is nothing you can do about that except to wait on your ISP.
Better still, it won’t be a bad idea to have use different ISPs for cases like this.
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