Content of the material
- First: Check your speed
- Running an internet speed test
- Computer woes: spyware, viruses, and other programs
- Step 3: Blocking browser pop-ups
- Problems with browser
- 3. Disable Windows Update
- Step 1: Detecting and removing spyware and adware
- Direct connection vs. Wi-Fi
- 8. Disabling Large Send Offload (LSO)
- Common Internet Errors after Windows 10 Update
- How Do I Fix Windows 10 Slow Internet Speed Problem?
- 1: Monitoring Windows Updates
- 2: Stop Background Running Applications
- 3: Disable Large Send Offload (LSO)
- 4: Modify Internet Bandwidth Settings
- 5: Disable Window Auto-Tuning
- 6: Scan your Viruses and Spyware
- 7: Update the Network Drivers
- 8: Disable Firewall
- Reader Success Stories
First: Check your speed
Before doing anything to alleviate a potential internet speed problem, you’ll need to know two things:
- How much speed you’re supposed to be getting from your ISP
- How much speed you’re actually getting
Prior to running a speed test, we advise that you check your ISP service account to see what kind of speed you’re paying for. For example, I currently receive internet access through Comcast. For $89.95/month, I’m supposed to be getting up to 100 Mbps. Comcast doesn’t spell out exactly how much speed I’m getting anywhere on my account, however. It merely states the service package I’m using. I only know my exact speed because I recently changed the terms of my account, however, I could use the service package name to look that information up on their website as well.
You may need to do some legwork to research what your service package offers if your ISP doesn’t have the speed maximums and minimums listed on your account. A quick method may be to contact the company either by phone or live online chat to figure out what your bitrate is supposed to be.
Also, note the “up to” part. All ISPs will advertise a maximum or minimum potential speed you could get with what you pay. However, you will likely never actually achieve the advertised maximum speed, and your speed may fall below the listed minimum. Advertising a theoretical maximum or minimum speed is a common tactic ISPs use to attract customers. But failing to achieve those speeds is also just a consequence of having to share the bandwidth with your neighbors. At any given time, your actual speeds will vary as more or fewer people near you using the same ISP are also streaming Netflix videos or playing games online.
Running an internet speed test
After you’ve identified the speed you’re supposed to be getting, you should run a few internet speed tests.
Before running your speed tests, we recommend turning off any other data-intensive activities. That includes pausing downloads, turning off online games, and turning off streaming videos or music. The more devices you have running, the slower your available internet speed (something we’ll get into later), so you’ll want to get as accurate a measure of your speed as possible.
Ideally, you will want to run your speed test during the hours you would normally be using your internet. For weekdays, that’s typically in the morning or evening hours. On weekends, it could be anytime during the day.
However, it ultimately doesn’t matter when you run your speedtest. All that matters is that you run your before and after speed tests around the same time, and that you use the same speed testing website to run both tests. This will ensure you collect an accurate reading when determining whether the below methods work for you.
Here’s one example what my mid-day speed test results look like:
I used Internet Health Test for this report. Most people opt for for these tests, but is not the only internet speed testing option, nor is it the best one available. Some sites, like , only check internet speed through a sample download and upload to one server. However, other services, such as Internet Health Test, actually test the amount of congestion on your ISP’s network to determine speed.
We recommend testing your speed using a few different services. These tests typically take under 30 seconds.
Additionally, you’ll notice a lot of variation among speed test result shown below. Your bandwidth can fluctuate a lot during the day, as mine did while testing these methods. And as this guide was written over the course of several days, you’ll see a variety of speed results, all coming from the same network.
Here are additional speed results from other popular internet speed testing sites.
There are other speed testing websites out there, but these four should cover your needs and provide the most accurate analysis of your available upload and download bandwidth.
You may even want to simply test your speed the old-fashioned way: downloading a file and recording how long the file takes to download.
Across the different methods, you’ll see a lot of variation. This is why it’s important to try out a few services, as they can all give various readings. However, you may want to stick with one or two that appear to be the most consistent.
With that out of the way, here are a few speed boosting tips you might want to explore.
Related post: Internet Connection Monitoring Software
Computer woes: spyware, viruses, and other programs
The health of your computer can affect your Internet connection. Spyware and viruses can definitely cause problems, but your Internet connection speed can also be affected by add-on programs, the amount of memory the computer has, hard disk space and condition, and the programs that are running.
Two of the most frequent causes of poor Internet performance are spyware and viruses. Spyware can slow your system by interfering with your browser and monopolizing your Internet connection. Spyware monitors your Internet use and keystrokes, which adds delays. The problem is compounded when there are multiple spyware programs running at the same time. If the problem is severe enough, you can lose connectivity altogether. To get your Internet performance back, you should regularly run an antispyware program to clean out any spyware infestation.
Computer viruses can also cause poor Internet performance. When a virus infects a computer, it installs computer code which will attempt to propagate itself, usually by sending copies of itself through e‑mail. Some viruses can multiply at the rate of hundreds of e‑mail messages per minute, which leaves little computing power and Internet connection bandwidth for anything else. Viruses often don’t give any obvious indication that they’re running, so it’s best to run your antivirus software at all times.
Browser add-ons also cause performance problems. Browser add-ons are programs, such as multimedia add-ons, search bars, or other programs that usually appear on your browser’s toolbar. Many browser add-ons can add to a rich browsing experience, offering multimedia or specialized document viewing. However, some add-ons can slow your Internet connection. If you suspect that add-ons are causing slow performance, try starting Internet Explorer in Add-ons disabled mode. Add-ons are disabled only for the session, but if you find your performance improves, you can use the Add-on Manager to turn them off permanently. To access the Add-on Manager from Internet Explorer, click the Tools button, and then click Manage Add-ons.
Like all computer programs, Internet Explorer requires a certain amount of computing power, memory, and disk space to run efficiently. Every webpage you view is first downloaded to memory and then saved to temporary disk files. Running another program that’s using lots of memory and computing power can compete with Internet Explorer and cause delays. If you find your Internet connection running slowly and you have other programs running, try closing them. If you want to run several programs, consider increasing the memory you have on your computer. Low disk space can also cause performance problems. You can increase your disk space by deleting Internet Explorer’s temporary files.
Occasionally, settings get changed in Internet Explorer that could possibly affect how Internet Explorer works. You can reset Internet Explorer to its default settings. Resetting Internet Explorer isn’t reversible, so you should read the list of settings that are affected before resetting.
Step 3: Blocking browser pop-ups
A pop-up is a small web browser window that appears on top of the website you are viewing. Pop-up windows often open as soon as you visit a website and are usually created by advertisers. Web browsers have features called pop-up blockers that can prevent pop-up windows from appearing. In most pop-up blocker programs you can choose the level of filtering you want, select which pop-ups you want displayed and build a blacklist of those you do not. See Blocking Pop-up Windows or Advertisements for more information.
Problems with browser
The Internet may also appear to be slow because of the Internet browser you are using to browse the Internet. To make sure you are not running into browser issues, try an alternative browser on your computer (e.g., Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox). If multiple browsers all seem slow, then you may have an issue with your computer or the network. If an alternative browser works, then the problem is with your primary browser, and we recommend troubleshooting that browser or sticking with the alternative browser.
3. Disable Windows Update
I’ll be honest with you, this method works like a charm.
“b-b-but wait jake, doesn’t this leave my computer more likely to be affected by bugs and viruses.”
Yeah I know what you’re saying because I asked the very question myself. 🙂
The thing is, you don’t really have to disable it altogether, you can still manually ask it to send you notifications so that you can choose when you want to update your Windows 10.
Here’s how can adjust the Windows Update settings to your comfort. 🙂
Step 1: Go to Start, look for your Control Panel
Step 2: Head over to your Administrative Tools
Step 3: Here’s where you can find and get to your Services. Once you’re in your Services window, scroll down to Windows Update and turn it off.
Step 4: To turn it off, all you have to do is just right click on it, and then select Properties.
Step 5: Now Disable it from inside your Properties, and Voila! You’ve just disabled your Windows Updates (Don’t worry 🙂 just follow these 5 simple steps and you can re-enable it back whenever you want to)
Note from Jake
It is important that you keep up to date with your Windows updates whenever you can as each update brings new and better ‘stuff’ that you might like actually!
The thing you have to keep note is whenever you turn it back on again and when you open your Windows Update in your settings to check for the latest updates, you will find a message saying that the updates were not installed because computer was stopped.
It’s pretty much a piece of cake from here, just keep clicking on Retry so that all your available updates are installed and up to date. Chances are if you left it disabled for some time then it will take two or three times (or maybe more) to Check for Updates until your computer says it is up to date.
Step 1: Detecting and removing spyware and adware
If the computer becomes slow after connecting to the Internet, or your home page changes to a page you do not want, or unwanted desktop links display, or advertising windows pop up repeatedly, then the computer probably has spyware or adware installed. Spyware and adware can be very difficult to remove manually. For more information about spyware and how to remove spyware from the computer, go to Computer Might Be Infected by a Virus or Malware (Windows 10, 8).
Direct connection vs. Wi-Fi
Wireless (Wi-Fi) technology has improved since it was first introduced. However, it still cannot offer the same reliability as a direct connection. If the computer or wireless device has a poor connection, it decreases your Internet speed. If you’re using Wi-Fi, move closer to the wireless router to ensure it’s not a problem with the wireless signal. If you get a direct connection to the router, we’d also recommend using an Ethernet cable instead of using wireless when you can.
8. Disabling Large Send Offload (LSO)
This is another one of the features that you might find on Windows 10 and again it is meant to improve your overall network performance of your system (it’s pretty similar to the Windows Auto-Tuning level feature that you just saw above), but it does come at a price.
Your LSO forces your background apps (which includes your Skype, Spotify, etc.) to use up a large amount of your internet whilst you’re doing something else on your computer.
I’ll show you how you can disable it (you can re-enable it anytime). 🙂
Step 1: Go ahead and open Start and then right-click on your Computer
Step 2: Next, select Properties
Step 3: Now from your Control Panel, click on Device Manager
Step 4: Here you will be able to see all your devices listed, but for now you will only need to expand your Network Adapters.
Step 5: Next, look for your Network Card and then double click on that.
Step 6: You’re almost there! Now select the Advanced tab and then go ahead and select Large Send Offload V2 (IPv4).
All you have to do here is set the value to Disabled.
Step 7: Do the exact same that you just did for Large Send Offload V2 (IPv6) (that is if, it is available).
Step 8: Click OK and you’re done!
Common Internet Errors after Windows 10 Update
Well, the Windows 10 internet problems or internet slow after Windows 10 upgrade issues are encountered after upgrading to Windows 10 or updating to the latest major updates [Creators Update or Fall Creators Update, Windows 10 update 2021].
Commonly every Windows 10 update brings lots of issues and errors with it and the Windows 10 slow internet or Internet connection problem is one of them.
Here check out the commonly found Internet errors after Windows 10 update and the ways to fix them:
- : Many users are unable to browse the web due to the web disconnection after updating to Windows 10 latest updates like Anniversary update, Creators update, spring update, and others.
- Internet Connection Not Working After Windows 10 Creators Update: This issue is typically related to Creators update. Many users are reporting no internet connection or internet not working issue after installing it.
- Wi-Fi Connection Error “No Internet, Secured”: This issue is faced by the users after upgrading or installing Windows 10. Even after connecting to the internet users are getting no internet connection error.
- Windows could not automatically detect network’s proxy settings: Many Windows 10 users are reporting the error “Windows could not automatically detect network’s proxy settings” and faces slow internet speed issues.
- “No Internet Access” error message“: After installing Windows 10 many users are reporting No internet access error. Well, there is no exact solution due to which users are struggling with this error but can be fixed after following the possible fixes.
Now after resolving the Internet errors after Windows 10 update try the given ways to fix Windows 10 slow internet speed.
How Do I Fix Windows 10 Slow Internet Speed Problem?
1: Monitoring Windows Updates
The automatic updates are by default enabled in Windows 10 and as a result, the update function stays active in the background and eats up huge masses of network bandwidth. As it checks and downloads entire updates.
So, to boost the Internet speed it is recommended to temporarily disable the Automatic system feature. This feature turns the system into a file-sharing server to reduce the central Window’s server but this makes the network services constantly engaged in background activities.
Follow the steps to disable it:
- Go to Windows settings > from “Update and recovery” menu > click on “Windows Update”
- Then, click on “Choose how updates get installed” option and set update preferences as per your preference, or simply turn off the On
I hope this simple trick works for you to fix Windows 10 slow internet.
2: Stop Background Running Applications
The background running apps are the common reasons behind slow internet speed on Windows 10.
So, disable the unnecessary application or when not in use to speed up the internet on Windows 10, this not only fixes slow internet issues but also improves overall system performance.
Commonly internet consuming applications are Torrent, cloud-storage applications like Dropbox and Google Drive, Antivirus software, Steam, and Graphics card driver Nvidia GeForce Experience
Follow the steps to do so:
- Right-click Windows Taskbar > open “Task Manager.”
- Then in the Task Manager’s menu > click on the “Performance” tab.
The higher number means these applications are taking chunks of internet bandwidth.
Now after identifying the apps or services follow the steps to disable them:
- Click on Start > choose Settings
- Now click on Privacy, > Background apps.
- And turn Off the apps and services that slow down your internet. Now check if the slow internet Windows 10 problem is fixed
3: Disable Large Send Offload (LSO)
Windows 10 Large Send Offload is the latest feature and is used to improve the system overall network performance.
But this feature allows background applications to consume a large amount of network bandwidth.
So, try disabling it and checking Windows 10 slow internet fixed or not.
- Open Start Menu > right-click on the Computer > choose “Properties” > Control Panel
- Click on “Device Manager” and among all devices listed > expand “Network Adapters.”
- Locate the Network Card and double-click on it > choose “Advanced” tab > select “Large Send Offload V2 (IPv4)” > set the value to Disabled.
- And do the same process for Large Send Offload V2 (IPv6) (if available).
- Click OK.
It is estimated this works to fix Windows 10 slow internet speed issue.
4: Modify Internet Bandwidth Settings
By default Windows 10 reserves 20% of internet bandwidth for system applications & OS, and you can’t browse the internet with 100% internet connection.
This solution trims internet bandwidth applications and speeds up slow internet connection.
Follow the given steps to fix slow internet after Windows 10 update
- Press Win + R key > and in Run dialog box > type gpedit.msc > OK.
- Give permissions now a pop-up window opens with the title of Group Policy > then click on Computer Configuration
5: Disable Window Auto-Tuning
The Windows Auto-Tuning is enabled by default to improve performance for programs by receiving TCP data over the network.
And after updating Windows 10 the slower internet speed could hit the computer when Windows Auto-tuning is “ON”.
You can disable this feature to fix Windows 10 slow internet problem.
Follow the steps to disable it:
- Press Win + X > choose Command Prompt (Admin).
- And in the window type, the command netsh interface tcp show global.
- Now check for Receive Window Auto-Tuning Level and if it is normal, try to disable it.
- And to disable it type the command netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled
Now check whether the adjustment improve internet speed on Windows 10 or not.
But if not then re-enable it by typing netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal in Command Prompt (Admin).
6: Scan your Viruses and Spyware
As discussed above the viruses and spyware infection slow down the internet on the Windows system.
So, to speed up the internet Windows 10, perform a deep scan with a good antivirus or anti-malware security program to recover the infection completely.
I hope this works to fix Windows slow internet problem but if not then try the second solution.
7: Update the Network Drivers
Sometimes the pre-installed Windows 10 driver causes incompatibility issues with the system’s hardware. So, it is advised to check for the outdated drivers and try updating or installing the new ones.
8: Disable Firewall
Many users confirmed that disabling the Firewall temporarily, fix Windows 10 slow internet speed, so it is worth trying it once if none of the above-given solutions works for you.
- Just go to Start and in the search box,> type Firewall and check the running firewall program
- Now open the appeared firewall and click the Turn on Windows Firewall
- And from their Turn off Windows firewall
Now check if this works to fix Windows 10 slow internet but if not then simply turn it on.
Reader Success Stories
Anonymous Aug 12, 2016
“Never thought about the channel my router may be using might be used by the rest of the neighborhood.”