Find out from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) what Internet connection speed you're paying for. Make sure the speed you pay for is the speed programmed in the ISP network.
Test your Internet connection speed. You can do this by navigating to a speed test websites, such as Speakeasy (Speakeasy.net/speedtest) or Speedtest.net. Record your results.
Compare the speeds from Step 1 and Step 2. If you're getting the speed that you're paying for, go no further. If not, go to the next step.
Disable Web browser add-ons that can slow down your Internet connection speed. Check to see if you have multiple Web browser add-ons operating with your browser. For example, if your browser is Internet Explorer, go to "Tools," select "Manage Add-ons," and look at what Add-ons are enabled. Disable the add-ons that you don't want to use.
Run anti-virus, adware, spyware, and malware scans. Viruses and other malware could negatively affect your Internet connection speed.
Run Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter from your "System Tools" menu.
Download TCP Optimizer software to optimize your computer's MTU (Maximum Transmission Unit) values, RWIN (Receive Window) values and broadband related registry keys. SG TCP Optimizer (download.cnet.com/SG-TCP-Optimizer/3000-2155_4-10415840.html) is a free TCP Optimizer.
Retest your Internet connection speed by navigating to a speed test website, such as Speakeasy (Speakeasy.net/speedtest) or Speedtest.net. Record and compare these results with the previous results.