How to Make the Internet Faster for Free

by Nancy Fulton

It happens to all of us. When we first get our computer, it accesses websites quickly, displays data fast, never shows pop-up ads and always takes us where we want to go. Then, over time, our computer slows down. It sometimes takes several minutes to view a single page. Often, new pages appear without being wanted. This quick introduction to clearing up malware on your computer and installing a virus-resistant browser should help you fix this problem.

How to Access the Internet More Quickly

Before you begin working on your computer, take time to back up all of the important data you have created on it. Make copies of all important documents, spreadsheets, photographs and other files you don't want to lose. This a standard precaution you should take before making repairs to your machine or allowing others to work on it. Sooner or later, every computer fails, and only a good backup prevents the loss of important files.

Insert the McAfee or Norton Antivirus CD into your computer and follow the step-by-step instructions for scanning your computer and deleting viruses. You might have to reboot your computer a couple of times to complete the entire scan.

Allow the software to "quarantine" infected software and data files that it cannot repair. If this happens, you will have to reinstall the infected software or recreate the infected files.

Once your system is free from viruses and other malware, install the Firefox or Opera Web browsers. These browsers are significantly faster than Internet Explorer, and they do not allow websites to install applications on your computer without asking. You might still have to use Internet Explorer to access some websites, but you will find the less you use it, the faster your Internet access will be.

Take time to test your refreshed computer system. You should see it is significantly faster and easier to use. Experiment with the settings in your antivirus software to ensure it scans your computer once a day and removes all infected files.

Tip

  • check Make sure you renew your antivirus software when it expires. You can usually do this online. This will make sure your computer is protected against new viruses as they are developed.

Warning

  • close Do not use a computer that you know to be infected with viruses. Turn it off. If you have any private data on the computer, it can be scanned and sent to others.

About the Author

Nancy Fulton is a professional writer with more than 20 years experience writing articles, books, business plans, marketing materials, website content and training products for schools and fortune 500 firms. She has also taught for UCLA and produced multiple films. As a serial entreprenuer she has worked in many industries and with a variety of government agencies.