Slow Internet Connection?

Slow Internet Connection? High Bandwidth Consumption?

Windows 10

If you have Windows 10, Windows Update Delivery Optimization is using your bandwidth to send updates and apps to PCs on the Internet that are downloading the same files.

Delivery Optimization is ON by default in Windows 10. One way to turn off peer-to-peer updates is to set your Internet connection as metered or capped, Windows 10 won’t upload updates or automatically download updates if you do this.

To set your Internet connection as metered or capped:

  1. Go to Start,
  2. then Settings
  3. Network & Internet
  4. Wi-Fi
  5. Advanced options
  6. Set as metered connection.

 

Cloud Services

Apple iDevice (iPhone, iPad, iPod)

If your iCloud Drive is on, then your iDevice is always uploading new information to iCloud. You can shut off automatic backups to iCloud and manually backup your device.

To shut off automatic backups:

  1. Open the Settings menu on your iDevice.
  2. iCloud
  3. iCloud Drive
  4. Switch the setting to off.

 

Startup Applications

DropBox, iTunes, QuickTime

Sometimes these applications start automatically when booting up your computer.

To see what applications and programs run on Startup:

  1. Hold the Ctrl+Alt+Del buttons simultaneously.
  2. Open Task Manager
  3. Click on Startup Tab
  4. Select non-essential Startup program
  5. Click on Disable

 

Background Programs

Skype

Skype is always running in the background, even when you are not using it.

To close Skype:

  1. Hold the Ctrl+Alt+Del buttons simultaneously.
  2. Click on Start Task Manager
  3. Click once on Skype
  4. End Task

 

File Sharing

Torrents

BitTorrent clients are bandwidth hogs, they temporarily affect download speeds while downloading files and upload speeds can take a huge hit if you don’t turn off your BitTorrent client.

BitTorrent automatically starts seeding (uploading) files that you’ve finished downloading for an indefinite amount of time.

  1. Delete seeding files.