At the very starting of this post I must need to say that if you are reading this post hoping to get some secret magic trick to increase your internet download speed like you see in many YouTube fake videos, then I will request you to leave this post, because there is no magical trick to increase your internet download speed. Here in this post I will show you how you can utilize your internet bandwidth properly so that you always get the speed you pay for every month. Also I’m going to show you why there is no magical trick to increase internet speed. All the magical internet speed hike posts and videos are made for mainly two reasons. Either to insert some virus into your PC or to make you fool.
How to know our actual internet speed?
Beside the virus or malware attacks, one of the most common reason people get slow internet speed is because they have subscribed for a slow internet speed package. Let me give you one example, the internet package I use on my PC is at a speed of 1Mbps. Now none of us actually gets the speed our ISP tells us but never completely understood why, right? Let me clarify that for you.
As you can see I use a 1Mbps internet line and I wrote my speed as 1Mb, not as 1MB. Though there is just a difference of small and capital “B”, but there is actually a lot of difference in the meaning. When an internet service provider write 1Mbps speed, it means One Mega Bit Per Second whereas 1MBps denotes One Mega Byte Per Second. Now 1 MB > 1Mb as Byte > Bit and 1 Byte = 8 Bit.
So, you might be thinking that how to know my actual download speed that before subscribing any package. Well you can either Google as 1Mb to MB or 768 Kb to KB or something like that. But if you don’t have Google in front of your hand you can just do a simple calculation on your calculation, dividing the Mbps speed by 8 will give you the MBps speed and at the same way Kbps/8 will give you the KBps speed. So as I am using an 1 MBps connection the maximum download speed I’m eligible to get from my connection is 125 KB/s or 0.125MB/s.
Why do we get show internet speed?
There are many reasons for slow internet download speed. Here I’m going to share 5 most common reasons for slow internet speed. One of this will be the reason for 99% users who are facing slow internet speed. But before starting them up lets watch this small video about how slow internet connection can ruin our life 🙂
Now as you can see that slow internet connection is like a curse in our fast living life. So, let’s fix that.
1. Virus or Malware
There are many reasons for getting slow internet speed. One of the major reason is virus or malware. Virus like key logger actually take all the sensitive information from your computer and keep sending them to the author by using your internet, which actually slows down your internet performance. There are also many virus which actually just keep uses your network and internet connection for various nasty works and mainly to jam your network. So, I will highly suggest you to get a good and original antivirus for your PC. Don’t use pirated stuffs, it will make your PC even more vulnerable. If you can’t afford that, get at least Microsoft Security Essentials for your PC. It is completely free and awesome. Also sometimes few virus gets attached to your OS such a way that the only way to remove them is reformatting the OS.
2. Background Running Software
The next big reason of slow internet speed is running background software. This is one major reason which is slows down almost 67% users internet speed. I’ve seen this issue in most of my cases while solving various computer issues for my clients. Most of the people love to install new software on their system and most of them don’t even give concentration to the installation process. They just keep pressing next until everything is finished.
There are many applications which run in the background and you may not even know about them. There are even many software which runs in the background and uses your network for the internal purpose of the software. But if you check the list of software which are hogging your internet bandwidth, you might find out there are many applications installed in your PC which you may not even aware of and it just slowing down your network speed. In Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or above you can just search for Resource Monitor & open it to check the network hogging apps. After opening Resource Monitor click on the Network tab present there. You will see the list of application which are using your network and also their send/receive data amount. If you find any application which is running but you are not aware of, just right click on that app and click End Process Tree.
3. Network Theft
This is another very common reason for slow internet connection. This is a real concern especially for those who uses wireless routers or WiFi for accessing internet on your devices. Generally all WiFi routers has minimum 300 meters signal range. So, if anyone knows the security key of your WiFi network, the person can easily access your WiFi network within your WiFi range. In this case as another person is also accessing your network and using your bandwidth, so you will never get the full of your bandwidth as it is getting shared with other users using your WiFi. In any case if the number of such users get high you might get such bandwidth which is not even enough for opening a YouTube Video.
Mostly every ISP sets a password to your WiFi at the time of setup but people don’t change that password. I will suggest you to change your WiFi password at least once a week or once a month. This is very important and if you have a WiFi network which is open and not password protected. Make sure you password protect it immediately. Also do not share your WiFi password with someone whom you do not want to give access to your internet.
4. Slow Internet Package
As I said earlier, many users don’t even know that what internet speed package they are using and just scream for more speed. If you don’t know the speed details of you connect, I will highly suggest you to contact your ISP and know more about the maximum speed allowed in the package you are already subscribed. Then you can use the calculation I have mentioned above to calculate the maximum download speed you can get from your connection. If you don’t like that, then you can always upgrade your internet speed package. Please contact your ISP for more information about any upgradation.
5. Using built-in Browser Downloader
Most of the people uses the built-in browser downloader for downloading their file. If you are downloading small work files, then these built-in browser downloader will be enough for you. If you are downloading large and big files, these built-in downloader can never give you the optimum download speed you deserve instead you might see drop in the download speed after few time if you are using browser’s built-in downloader. As per my review no browser’s built-in downloader is good enough to handle large downloads.
For getting the optimum download speed you deserve from your internet connection I will highly suggest you to use Internet Download Manager (IDM). I know many of you who are reading this article is already familiar with it but those who are not I’ll highly suggest you to purchase this little piece of software and you will feel that this is one of your smarted investments you have ever mane. IDM costs just only $29.95. They also give promotional offers many times in year, so you might even get some discount also.
IDM uses very sophisticated download algorithm, which breaks the content you are downloading into several pieces and then download them so that you get the fastest download speed you deserve. IDM also uses a great priority algorithm, which gives more network priority to IDM, when it is running and hence give you the best download speed you deserve.
Is it worth purchasing IDM?
Trust me, it is! You have no idea what this little software is capable of until you install it in your PC. Besides increasing download speed this software is also qualifies for grabbing audio or video contents from almost any site you visit. Be it YouTube or Vimeo or anything. You can even grab websites by using this little software. If you purchase this software, after using it for 3 weeks, you will certainly say that this is one of the best purchase you have made for your PC. You can know more about the features of IDM here.
What if none of the above method works?
It is merely impossible, because the reasons behind slow internet speed is everything I’ve mentioned above. After doing everything if still you are facing internet speed then there might be some hardware issues with your PC land card or Ethernet port or your motherboard. So I will suggest you to visit the service center you’re your hardware as early as you can. But this only happens for only 1% people among those who are facing slow internet connection speed issue.
So, after reading this article if hope you do understand that why there is no magical trick to increase your internet speed. Just make sure you don’t try those fake tricks shown in some YouTube videos. If you follow the steps I’ve mentioned in this article, I can assure you that you will see the result by yourself.
Are you facing a slow internet speed issue with your PC? Have you also tried those fake magical tricks to increase the internet speed but didn’t work? What is your internet story? Let me know in the comment section below. I’ll be happy to hear them from you.
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