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Does a slow computer slow down internet?

My computer’s kind of slow, i need to buy some extra RAM memory, but recently the internet (i have DSL) has been INCREDABLY slow, so i was just wondering whether this is due to the slow computer. Thanks.

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16 Responses to “Does a slow computer slow down internet?”

  1. Samuel Adams said :

    No, internet speed is based upon your ISP (internet service provider). If your computer is running slow, follow these steps.

    1) Clean up the disk. Uninstall unneeded programs (especially those that run at startup and/or put something in the system tray), run Disk Cleanup, and defragment the drive. This is a good first step that will almost always take a few seconds off boot time and application loads for any computer.

    2) Stomp auto-starting programs. Click Start > Run and type “msconfig” at the prompt. Click the Startup tab and look at all that junk that loads when you launch your PC. Do you really need “Adobe Reader Speed Launch”? Probably not. Turn off anything else that looks useless, but be careful not to disable your anti-virus and important system components.

    3) Run a full anti-virus and anti-spyware scan. I would recommend using AVG Free Anti-virus, Spybot – Search and Destroy spyware remover and Ad-aware spyware remover. These programs are all free.

    4) Clean up the registry. CCleaner, available at is free and worth running. It will also remove unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space.

  2. daddyyankeetina said :


    get comcast that wat i have, it works great… hint*hint*

  3. Alexander L said :

    To answer your question simply, yes it does speaking from my experience.

  4. Roxie said :

    naaaaaaaaaaa ya think!

  5. *Going nowhere way too fast...* said :

    Durr…maybe you should really rethink about sending questions across the ‘net…or was that too hard because your computer was slow…you probably won’t get this back until January anyways…

  6. Rych said :

    Yes a slow computer can very well slow down your internet speed. Make sure you scan for viruses and spyware. As well as defragging and scanning for hardware/software errors. is a great place to find free software to do this for you.

    Spy Bot Search & Destroy

    Are a few great programs.

  7. gabyrig said :

    could be because of low memory on your computer or poor internet connection or both. You may need to defrag the comp, add memory and see how it goes. I’d just get some external memory, transfer everything to that drive and clean up the comp. If your internet is not faster then it’s likely the connection. If it’s wireless make sure that it’s protected. Someone might be piggy backing on it.

  8. Erica said :

    NO is not your computer you have a lot of viruses………….

  9. cort m said :

    your history is probably full and so is your temporary internet files
    this can be fixed by clicking on the tools options on the internet toolbar and going down to internet options
    after that it should say about midway through the smaller window delete cookies delete files
    click on both of those…it may take a minute
    right below it it should say clear history also click on that

  10. CHEF 2 GO said :

    In order to run the internet the best possible you need to have:

    1. At least 512MB the ram, preffered 1 GB

    2. Your processor should be at least 2.40 GHz

    Even if you erase everything that you have in your PC, there is no correlation between the space in your hard drive and the speed of the internet.

  11. Crystal L said :

    No i had a slow on but i had a very fast Internet hope it was helpful thank you

  12. Tony5870 said :

    Check your connection speed go to and run one of the tests an upload speed of almost 1 meg and download of 12 should be good. If the download speed is much smaller, you have a connection issue.

    Call your DSL provider and tell them about your problem. You may simply have to restart your DSL modem.

  13. Tom said :

    Well in almost all communities, your internet is literally plugged into some box on or near your street. When everyone plugged into that box try to max out their internet connections you may experience some slower internet. As for your computer, it does have something to do with it. Your web browser has to load, and your computer runs it. Viruses can also slow down your computer and take up a lot of your internet connection, making it appear slow

  14. Zylcho said :

    DSL is NOT as good as it appears. Most of the lower tiers of Verizons DSL are worse than dialup!

    And YES if your connection to the internet is slow, you can experience web pages that take upwards of 1 minute to open.

    If you are impatient like I am cable is the way to go, but, downside is cost.

    Here is a great reference…

    Test your connection speed here.

  15. Leo said :

    Sure that might be the case !!?!! Try to keep OLD FILES DELETED !!?!! & or delete OLD & some SENT MAILINGS THAT YOU TRULY DO NOT `’NEED’` in your files or on your comp. !?! Because they can slow the computer down !! & or even have them to CrAsH!?! possibly having some to lose some needed data!?! .. Also try not to have many screens open at one time!! So disk-space wo’nt be used up or lost !?!

  16. Sp T said :

    Most computer users have been trained that if you want more speed for your computer, then add more memory. Well, this is true, in certain circumstances. But for most of the times, it really is just bad files in your registry files. Corrupted or missing registry files can make your computer too slow.
    The registry is a main part of your computer’s Operating System. With time, as you use Windows and install and uninstall programs, your registry will get congested and full of errors. So your computer could slow down. So, if you can clean it up this problem can be solved.Sometimes you can speed computer up by 300%. To clean up registry,You can download a software called regsitry cleaner—Clean registry,remnant,corrupt files and temp files,history,cookies,etc.. This site:
    lists top 5 registry cleaner,you can download and scan for free.
    Good luck!


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