posted on May, 26 2008 @ 08:21 AM
o.k., first, if I came across as talking down to you, I apoligize. Second, I din't say to go to msconfig and start disabling everything, I said go to
msconfig, then the start-up tab, and disable all. there is a difference. The startup tab is programs set to run at startup, vs the rest of the tabs
for the o.s. Disabling everything in the startup tab would not disable your computer. your just turning off the programs that throughout the years
come up on start.
Next to the guy with the AOL, my guess is that you are running AOL to piggy back Time Warner or Comcast. If this is the case and you are not in any
special with them, call and cancel the AOL, and tell your provider you just want to be TW, or Comcast. Once this is done, start using I.E. vs the AOL
browser, see if your speeds pick up.
When using the AOL browser you are actually going through a passive proxy. this can sometime inhibit speed on AOL, as AOL isn't really designed for
High Speed Connections, just dial up. Yes I realise they have made upgrades, etc, but there whole business model is dial-up.
Run the speed tests in I.E. after you cancel, and see what your speeds are. You can try DSLreports.com, pcpitstop.com, or testmy.net. All of these are
pretty good. If you still get slow speeds, go to 192.168.100.1 this is your modems internal page. look for a signal page. On the signal page you are
looking for a couple of things.
transmit power should be between 8 - 58
downstream power should be between -10 and 10. closer to 0 the better
downstream snr should be above 25, preferably above 30 but not about 40. There is such a thing as having to clean a line.
Next if you are on a wireless router, try taking the router out, plugging directly into the pc, and rebooting the modem. if your speeds are still the
same, its not your router, or someone on your connection. This should hep you get started.
As far as the WEP and SSID Broadcast, and mac filtering goes. I would go with mac filtering and call it good. This should keep the neighbors out. Yes,
anything can be hacked, but the chances of you living beside one are remote. With turning off the SSID broadcast, or enabling WEP or WPA you are
making it harder on everyone to log in. mac filtering typically is the easiest way.
I didn't see duel hops in your tracert, I saw a normal traceroute, with low ping times on it. The number of hops with vary. thats just a given. 13
or 16 or whatever it was isn't that bad.
The reason why I thought you had a p2p is because of the netstat. I have a total of 2 established connections, with about 1/2 a dozen listening ones.
I have a couple others open but I now what they are. If your screen is scrolling when you do this, which is what I thought you said, there are to many
connections, and chances are you got a virus or the p2p. Thats why I suggested the AVG and Spybot.
As far as setting the recycle bin to 0 prior to doing a disk defrag, and turning off the system restore. you do this because even if you don't have
anything in recycle bin, the system still reserves the space, and doesn't allow if for a disk defrag, as far as the system restore, its a notorius
spot for virus's to hang out. unchecking it, cleans it out, and gives more space for the defrag.
Again my intention wasn't to belittle you, but to help you, so if I offended, I apoligize. Good luck with the computer fix.