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For Internet:

1. Run

http://www.speedtest.net will tell you what your average upload / download speed is in MBPS. If you notice yours is a lot lower than it should be, call your ISP and have them test it from the center, and go from there.

2. Download

SG TCP Optimizer. A simple program that doesn't even need installed, you just run it and let it decide the optimal settings for you. Works really well.

3. If your connection is still slow

Maybe consider upgrading to a higher broadband package, or again call your ISP. Usually they can send someone out to physically inspect the connection, often free of charge.

For Computer:

1. Remove unwanted programs, toolbars, etc.

These can build-up registry entries and take up space that can eventually bog your computer down.

Windows users just go to Control Panel

Add/Remove Programs. Then just uninstall the unneeded programs !!!THAT YOU KNOW YOU DO NOT NEED!!!

2.Download / Run Cleaner

I cannot stress enough how AWESOME this program is. I use it virtually every day. It removes registry entries that are no longer used, and cleans junk temporary files and folders from browsers. Very small download, light on processing and memory usage. http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

3. Defragment

People take this for granted. Defragmentation is very important for the life and performance of a hard drive. You'll want to do this AT LEAST a couple times a month, depending on how often your downloading programs and files. Windows users go to Start

Type in the search bar "Disk Defrag"
Select Disk Defragment 


Then select your driver (usually C:\), hit "Defragment", and let it run. It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight.

4. Download the latest Microsoft Updates

These help keep Windows efficient, and bug-free. Optional downloads aren't really important, but always make sure you download every important update. Windows users can simply go to Start

All Programs

Windows Update. Linux and Mac users have similar OS update software, usually automatic.

5. Update your drivers

This is VERY important. Drivers are the software used for your computer hardware to maintain efficiency, performance, and compatibility with games, other software, etc. If you have built your own computer, then you don't need this advice. You already know how to do it. However if you aren't tech savvy and are nervous to do it on your own, start [ http://www.drivermax.com/download.htm here] . DriverMax is a free, easy to use program that can automatically detect what drivers are out of date, and where to get the updates.

6. Remove any spyware and viruses lurking on your computer

Programmers are tricky nowadays - a lot of viruses are easy to catch once inside, but are very hard to detect coming in. If you have a paid virus program like Norton or AVG, always keep it updated, and set it to run scheduled virus scans. If you need an alternative free program - Housecall is available, there is none better. It's recommended to run a virus and spyware program at least once a week.

7. If all else fails

Do a reformat or OS repair. Reformatting is basically wiping the hard drive clean of all files, and re installing a new OS from scratch. It's an easy way to fix corrupted Windows files, freezing issues, driver issues, etc. Describing this process would be a whole new thread, so read here if you aren't sure where to start: Ehow always has an answer