How to Boost the Speed of a DSL Connection

by Lita McLeary

A fast Internet connection is essential for many computer users. When the computer starts to slow down, it affects the speed of the Internet connection. To boost the speed of your DSL connection, you need to maintain and monitor the performance of your computer. Another way to boost your Internet speed is to download third-party software with that functionality.


Click “Start” and then “All Programs.” Select “Accessories” and click on “System Tools.” Select “Disk Cleanup” from the options. Cleanup all the drives that you have available. When you’re done, navigate back to “System Tools” and select “Disk Defragmenter.” Defragment the drives available.


Open your Internet browser and clear your browsing history. If you are using Internet Explorer, click on “Tools” and then “Internet Options.” Choose the “General” tab, click “Clear History” and then “OK.” If you are using Mozilla Firefox, select “Tools” and then click “Clear Private Data.” Click the “Browsing History” check box and then select “Clear Private Data Now.”


Update your web browser. If you are using Mozilla Firefox, click the “Help” menu and then “Check for updates.” Wait for the “Software Update” window to appear and select “Get the new version” if there is a new version available. If you are using Internet Explorer, click “Tools” and then “Microsoft Update.” Download any new available version.


Turn off the router or switch hub and connect the computer directly to the modem if you are the only one using the Internet connection. This is applicable for computers in a network.


Reboot your computer whenever the Internet connection begins to slow down. Close applications that are not in use. Press "Ctrl + Alt + Del" to load the “Task Manager.” Click “Applications” and select the applications that you are not using. Click “End Process.”


Empty your Recycle Bin and delete unneeded files from “My Documents” and other folders. Delete images, videos and documents that are no longer in use.


Download third-party software that will boost your Internet speed. These include Robust Internet Speed Booster and OSS Internet Speed Booster. Run the installer and finish the installation process.


  • close Before emptying your Recycle Bin, make sure that you do not have important files that you need to restore. Files deleted from this folder are permanently deleted from the computer system.

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About the Author

Lita McLeary started writing professionally for the "Philippine Inquirer" in 1989, a daily national newspaper. She has written for private online clients for over seven years. At present, she writes full-time for various websites. McLeary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts from the University of the Philippines.

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