So you have searched for minutes to hours for the perfect file to download from a trusted source with good reviews and minimal chances of a virus attached to the file, and then when you click the download button the timer states “5 hours 10 minutes until complete.” Immediately the anger wells-up inside you and you begin to curse the cable company and their horrible advertising of fast download speeds no matter when and what you are downloading.
You check the cables and all are connected correctly, all lights on your routers are flashing and you seem to be the only person on the block actually home on a Friday night at 7 p.m. so your anger only rises even more. You just can’t seem to wrap your head around the fact that your poor download speed might actually be your fault and not the big bad cable company. Once you finally calm down, drink a beer or two, look at the timer and see it says “4 hours 55 minutes until complete” you can sit down and begin to troubleshoot your slow download speed.
The first and most logical step your now alcohol-ridden brain must convince your body to take is to look at your screen through blurry eyes and see what programs are running other than your web browser and the file downloader. More often than not, an individual trying to download a large file that is experiencing slow download speed is a victim of having multiple programs active that they don’t need open.
Taking this into mind, you should look at your computer and see if you have such applications as Skype, Windows Media Player, and other speed sucking programs active. In reality, you should close everything running on your computer that isn’t being used to actually keep your computer and your download running. Yes that means to turn off the rap or country music you are playing, and log off your World of Warcraft game as well. If you want to increase your overall computer speed dramatically, this is the first most important step toward reaching your goal.
If you happen to be using a laptop, the brightness of your screen can also cause your computer to run slower as it pumps power to keep your screen as bright as the sun. Simply put, you are downloading a file and don’t really need to look at your computer screen, so dim the lights and watch your speed increase.
These two steps were by far the easiest and should have a dramatic increase on your download speed, but if you still find your download timer stating “4 hours 5 minutes until complete” you either are downloading a ridiculously large file, your computer was built in 2004, or you still need to boost the speed of your computer.
A tertiary step that is relatively easy in itself is to get a thumb drive; as large a capacity as you can get your hands on; and plug it into one of the handy-dandy USB drive slots on the side of your laptop or in the CPU (the big box on the floor) of your desktop. Usually (if it was manufactured in China, Taiwan, or Japan) once plugged into your computer, a pop-up box will appear on your screen and ask you how you would like to use your thumb drive.
Read the pop-up box carefully as your clouded mind not focus on the words “use to speed up your computer” and you would jump right over it and get mad all over again. Once you actually focus on these words, click on them and amazingly you will see that your computer will pick-up some much needed speed as it automatically accesses the thumb drive and converts its space into processing power. Plug in as many thumb drives as you have and as many slots as you have and watch your speed rise.
If none of these relatively easy options work for you, don’t fret because there are still a few more, all be-it complex, options you have to speed up your computer. First off, you can call your Internet service provider and ask them if you could fork over $40 a month to increase your connection speed. More likely than not they will be more than willing to do this for you, but unless you are a compulsive downloader who is constantly downloading large files, this might not be your best option.
Two more expensive options, but still viable options if you are still fed up with your download speed and you have 5 thumb drives plugged into your computer, is to purchase and install upgrades for your ancient computer or even actually go out and by a brand new one. Of course you should weigh these options carefully because they can set you back anywhere between $100 and $2,000 depending on your purchase. Of course neither of these options will actually help you with your current download but your next download might not be affected by your slow download speeds.
If none of these options work for you and you do not want to fork over some money to upgrade your computer that was built in 1998, then you’re stuck and you are just going to have to deal with slow download speeds.