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My computer's internet speed dropped overnight

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  • Wireless Network
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Last response: in Wireless Networking
December 23, 2013 2:41:34 PM

My computer's internet speed just dropped overnight. I know it's the computer because other computers in the house are fine it's just my pc. I did everything I could think of, ran multiple anti-virus scans (Norton), I would reset the whole computer if I could but apparently windows 8.1 doesn't let you do that. I also use an Ethernet cable not a wireless connection and when the Ethernet cable is unplugged, it can't connect when it normally should be able to, it's like my computer is purposely trying to shut out the internet. I don't know what to do, please help me.

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December 23, 2013 2:50:00 PM

Check to see if you are using 3rd party "wave shaping" or "network priority" programs (they will be in the system tray). Often, they will assign network resources priority over a speed test (since you don't do speed tests often). I disabled mine because they created issues.
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December 23, 2013 3:16:05 PM

ronintexas said:
Check to see if you are using 3rd party "wave shaping" or "network priority" programs (they will be in the system tray). Often, they will assign network resources priority over a speed test (since you don't do speed tests often). I disabled mine because they created issues.

I don't appear to have any of those programs, are there other programs that could have a similar effect?
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December 26, 2013 6:41:13 AM

My ASUS mobo is a couple of years old, and I think they have gone to another manufacturer for the chipsets. My experience shows that these drivers are usually labeled something like "FAST USB", "FAST NETWORK", etc....I haven't experienced any bad effects on the USB, Video or Audio, but on the networking I did.

You can try disabling (exit out of) each of the icons on the system tray (rebooting will re-enable them), and run speedtest.net to see if it has any effect.
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