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Internet goes way slow after an hour of inactivity

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by vrcritter, Dec 1, 2007.

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  1. vrcritter

    vrcritter Thread Starter

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    Hey everyone,
    I have a Lenovo desktop computer...the internet is pretty zippy, but if I step away from the computer for an hour or more, when I return, the internet goes super slow (yahoo takes minutes to load) and some pages get a "page cannot be displayed" error message. Other computers on my network do not have this problem, and if I restart all goes back to normal...any ideas to the cause? Thanks!!
     
  2. zabusant

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    A couple of ideas - if you haven't got enough RAM (Less than 512 MB is too low), running a lot of programs will cause your internet browser to do this.

    This could also be a malware problem, what you need to find out is if there is limited connectivity OR if something is eating up your bandwidth.

    I would suggest you use "firefox" instead of IE if you aren't already:)

    If this is a recent problem, try system restore (start>all programs>accessories>system tools>system restore) select a point before it started happening:)

    This can also be caused by antivirus/firewall software not functioning properly.
     
  3. vrcritter

    vrcritter Thread Starter

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    i have 1gb of memory, so I would guess on the antivirus or malware problem...I use zonealarm and avg free, so i dont think there is a problem there but will check...any other ideas?
     
  4. zabusant

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    In Task manager(Alt-Ctrl-Del) - processes tab - under CPU, look for a high percentage. Also note the percentage of "System idle process".
     
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