Everyone knows how frustrating slow Internet speeds are, with a poor connection – the inability to watch TV series or live broadcasts in HD resolution. Also low speed in video games is a problem that spoils the online experience for gamers. Unfortunately, not everyone can change internet providers. If there is such a problem, with a few tricks that you probably didn’t know about, you can speed up your internet by 20% in a couple of minutes.
Before you get started.
First, you need to see if there is any chance of improvement, and only then start trying to speed up your Internet connection. The first thing to do is to do an online speed test.
Use Speedtest, 2ip or Yandex.Internetometer to check your internet speed. Once you get the test results, compare them to the technical documentation from your ISP to see if there is any loss of connection speed. If the difference in the numbers is insignificant, the advice below won’t help. Instead, you’ll have to switch to a faster service package. You can read more about this on the provider’s website.
But if the speed test confirms a drop in connection performance, it’s time to start trying the tips from the list below.
Editing the system’s fine-tuning settings
Some Windows services can eat up to 20% of Internet traffic. Therefore, to avoid such speed losses, it’s worth editing the OS settings, specifically the QOS scheduler.
How the QoS scheduler works
The QoS scheduler is a set of technologies used to control bandwidth usage when computer networks are crossing data. Its most common use is to protect real-time and high-priority applications.
Control and shaping are also commonly used by the QoS scheduler, which limit the bandwidth used by administratively defined types of traffic. Control ensures that bandwidth is limited to a predetermined limit. If applications try to use more bandwidth than they are allocated, their traffic will be undercut. If more traffic needs to be sent than the set limit allows, the excess will be buffered. This buffer can then use the queue to prioritize data as it leaves the buffer.
How to optimize its performance
The easiest way to optimize QoS performance is to edit the security policy. To do this:
- Hold down the “Win+R” key combination.
- Once the “Security Policy Editor” opens, go to “Computer Configuration”.
- Then follow the route “Administrative Templates” -> “Network” -> “QoS Packet Scheduler”.
- Activate “Limit the reserved bandwidth” and specify 0 % as a reserve.
Check your PC for foreign software and malware
It is likely that you have downloaded something under the guise of an ordinary program and as a result malware has appeared on your PC. As a rule, malware borrows some network bandwidth, which slows down your internet speed.
If you don’t have antivirus software installed on your computer, you put your personal information, such as passwords and bank account information, at risk, in addition there is the risk of a drop in performance and speed of your Internet. Viruses also take up critical computing resources, putting a strain on the processor or RAM.
Therefore, it is important to have antivirus software on your PC that is suitable for you in terms of usability and features. To secure the main resources of the OS, the standard “Defender” from Microsoft is enough. But if you need comprehensive protection of important data, in that case it is worth buying a license of any popular antivirus, such as DR.Web, Avast, or NOD32.
Additional browser acceleration
Internet speed also depends on your browser, so this is also worth paying attention to. The first important thing to do is to install a safe browser, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla firefox, Opera, Safari or Yandex Browser. However, if your PC or laptop has little RAM, you should avoid using Google Chrome and Edge, as these browsers are demanding on resources.
The second task is to clean the cache regularly. In addition, you need to remove all unnecessary extensions and plug-ins. Often they are the ones that create a load not only on the speed of the Internet and the network, but also on the performance of the processor.
Also use an ad blocker. Reducing the loading of information that is downloaded to your PC through ads can increase your browsing speed, since ads often load faster than the rest of the content from the site. It also makes surfing the Internet faster and more enjoyable.
Deleting Browser History
You shouldn’t forget to clear your browser history regularly. An extensive database of page views, downloads, cookies and cached images can all contribute to a slower Internet connection.
The steps for doing this will vary depending on the browser you’re using, but for Chrome the procedure is as follows:
Click the three dots in the upper right corner.
In the window that appears, select Settings, which opens a new tab.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Advanced” option.
Click the “Clear browsing history” button. A pop-up window will open with four safe options for clearing: “Browsing History,” “Download History,” “Filesocies,” and “Cached Images and Files.” These are all selected by default.
There you can also clear passwords, auto-complete data and other settings.
Disabling unnecessary services
Most Windows services run in the background and allow tools to function properly, but there are many unnecessary services that waste system resources and lower OS and network performance. Thus, by disabling unnecessary services, you can slightly improve Internet speed.
But it is very important to disable only those services that will not cause any further problems or adverse effects on your Windows 10 operating system. Therefore, check the list of unnecessary and safe services to disable:
- Bluetooth Support Service.
- Work folders.
- Remote Registry.
- Windows pre-assessment service.
- Infrared monitor service.
- Xbox Live networking service.
- Parental controls.
- Windows event collector.
Using Google DNS
Google provides public DNS servers that can help make websites load faster by increasing the efficiency of data caching and preventing spoofing. To enable Google DNS:
Go to the Control Panel.
There, find the “Network and Sharing Center” item.
On the left, click “Change adapter settings.
In the window that appears, right-click on your network connection and select “Properties”.
Open the “IP Version 4” setting.
Switch to the “Use the following DNS server addresses” option and type “18.104.22.168.8” in the “Preferred DNS server” line.
Clean up the DNS records
Your PC saves information about the IP addresses you visit while surfing the Internet so that the page loads faster on subsequent visits. However, when a website changes servers and you are redirected to a different address, your DNS records may become a speed hindrance rather than an improvement.
That’s why it’s best to clear your cache periodically to have faster internet speeds. If you’re using Windows 10, follow these steps:
Press the “Win+R” key combination.
When the command prompt opens, type: “ipconfig /flushdns”.
Then press “Enter”.
After a couple of seconds, a message will appear on the screen stating that the operation was successful. When finished, close the command line.
Configuring and Upgrading Router Firmware
Turning your router off and on again is a standard action to fix a speed drop, because sometimes it solves the problem. To do this, simply press the power button or unplug the device. It is recommended that you wait at least 10 seconds before turning the router back on. The time required for a hardware reset depends on the developer of the device.
You can also reflash the router. Routers run the operating system (firmware) from the manufacturer. The firmware manages the router’s security, routing protocols, and other network services. While the manufacturer’s firmware is usually sufficient for the average user, advanced users can flash the device to increase speed and add additional features. Flashing a router means replacing the operating system in the router’s flash memory.
Keep in mind, however, that while router firmware brings great benefits, it also comes with risks. Failure to prepare or complete a proper build can lead to frustration, wasted time, or even turn the router into a “brick.
Using SG TCP Optimizer
SpeedGuide.net is a network resource that offers free software tools and utilities for use. Their program, SG TCP Optimizer, optimizes Internet speeds and then adjusts TCP for your network settings. The result is usually a slight to moderate increase in speed, with a smoother and faster uptick in network performance.
You can download this utility from the developer’s home page. After downloading the file, click on the TCPOptimizer exe program file and click “Run as administrator” to allow the program to make changes.
For those who are concerned about the optimizer making incorrect settings, it is worth enabling the checkboxes to back up the settings and create a change log.
Updating your network card or Wi-Fi adapter drivers
Your network performance can improve dramatically with a driver update for your network card and Wi-Fi adapter. An update can even solve interface issues that occur when you try to transfer data over the Internet. Windows provides a “Device Manager” utility that allows you to enable, disable and update drivers for your hardware.
Click on the “Start” menu and go to “Control Panel”.
Click on the “Device Manager” link.
Right-click on “Network Adapters” and select “Update Driver Software”.
Click on “Automatically search for driver software”, the OS will automatically update the drivers to the latest version.
Use an Ethernet cable
Since many people use the Internet via Wi-Fi – this means that when you connect multiple devices to the network, the speed will automatically drop as the traffic is shared.
This becomes a problem when Wi-Fi is used in dorms or public places where everyone uses wireless Internet. Also, any wireless network is slower than a cable network.
To avoid this problem, switch your PC or laptop from Wi-Fi to an Ethernet cable connected to your router. Cable gives you stable internet speed, and it also doesn’t depend on Wi-Fi bandwidth.
Warning. Do not try to use dubious third-party programs!
As a rule, almost all programs, utilities and browser extensions that supposedly will speed up your Internet are malware. All they do is steal personal data. Often, they not only do not increase the speed of the network, but on the contrary, they consume resources for their own work and slow down the Internet.