If your computer is slow, accessing the internet can be a frustrating experience. Before you go call your internet provider demanding a better service plan, try implementing some solutions at your own end first. Here are some of the easiest, most common ways to improve the speed of the internet on your computer:

Clear cache, cookies, and history on your browser

If you have neglected to clean your browser’s junk files for a long period of time, they may have collected into one massive chunk of useless information that is slowing down your computer’s internet connection. Fortunately, this problem is easy to fix. Most browsers have an option to clear your cache and cookies under a ‘privacy’ setting, and doing this could drastically speed up performance.

Keep in mind that the cache is designed to speed up your computer’s internet performance. By keeping saved images and information on your hard drive, the browser no longer has to load it every time you visit that webpage. However, over time, its usefulness may decrease as it fills up with junk files.

Clearing your cache and cookies can also eliminate toolbars, pop-ups, and other malware files that have been affecting your browser’s speed. Wipe out these files about once a month, and you will likely be rewarded.

Find the right browser

Certain browsers are faster than others. If you like add-ons, choose Firefox. If you like speed, choose Google Chrome. However, there are plug-ins for each browser which will significantly alter your internet connection speed. While actually boosting your internet connection speed from your browser may be difficult, some plug-ins may replicate that feeling by preemptively loading a link before you click on it.

Essentially, your browser can be customized however you like. By spending a little bit of time sorting through useful plug-ins, you should be able to easily optimize your internet speed in order to suit your needs.

Boost your wireless signal using DIY technology

There are numerous articles on the internet about boosting your wireless signal. While every router and antenna is different, the basic idea is to extend the length, coverage, and capture area of your wireless device in order for it to obtain the highest possible connection speed. Usually, this can be done using spare metal parts that you have at home, like tinfoil and other materials.

Adjust your router settings

Of course, if your wireless router isn’t protected, then anybody could be using it, which significantly slows down your internet speed. Try changing your password, just in case somebody has guessed it, and see if that has any noticeable effect on your internet connection. There are also many other customizations available in a router’s menu that can allow you to efficiently increase your speed. Many of these tweaks are simple, while others require some technical knowledge.

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