posted on Aug, 24 2012 @ 01:43 PM
I'm glad the problem was resolved, but I thought I'd put my two cents in anyway.
Some routers have the option to turn off ICMP requests. Basically this just means that if someone pings your IP address they won't get a response. If
someone is targeting your specific machine, this can help. Reboot your modem. Normally this will change your IP address unless you have specifically
purchased a static one. If, for some reason you get the same IP again you may have to contact your service provider and ask if there is a way they can
make sure you get a new one. Most routers have firewalls. These firewalls should restrict all access except through the ports that you specifically
open, however, some operating systems can now communicate directly with a router and tell it to open up port for specific programs. While this is
certainly convenient it also means the spyware and viruses can open those ports too. This is usually called Universal Plug and Play and most routers
that have it, also have a way to turn it off.
In a windows based machine, sometimes running anti-virus and anti-spyware scans in safe mode can be much more effective. Safe mode usually only starts
the services that windows must have to run and will ignore all start-up entries. This way if there is a piece of malicious software running, it's
more likely it will get removed. Spybot Search and Destroy. ( www.spybot.com...
) has a scan on next boot option
that will run after windows loads only the very basic services (less services than safe mode I think) and before start-up items are processed. Avast
Anti-virus also has a "sandbox" so if it finds a program that is suspicious it can run that program in a protected environment.
You can also use Msconfig to look at the items you have set on startup. It's possible that one of those items may actually be causing a slow log-in
to the operating system.
Cable Modems use shared bandwidth and during peak times you could actually take a hit in the speed that your getting. This is because cable companies
use a fiber connection to a Cable Management System (CMS) which is a building with servers. Then the bandwidth is split from there so that everyone
connected to the CMS shares the total bandwidth. While Cable companies attempt to make sure there is enough bandwidth for everyone on the system, they
still use routers and switches to manage the bandwidth and it won't always be perfect.
This is still a modem that uses the old copper telephone lines and the quality of those lines could easily cause the connection to fluctuate. Of all
the high-speed internet options, this is the most un-stable.
I hope people found this information useful.