Your downloads have slowed to a crawl, and this is no good for any number of reasons. The most important one is that you can’t get the files that you want and need. You probably can’t afford to rush out and buy a new computer every time download speeds start to slow down. Here’s what you can do instead, to squeeze more life out of your aging computer.

Download Speedbit

Go to the Speedbit site and download the accelerator. It’s free. Now, click “run” to run the program. Once the program launches, it will integrate with your browser. You should notice things speeding up after that.

Upgrade Your Internet Connection

Sometimes, the problem is your Internet connection. Try upgrading it. If you’re moving across a 6mb line, try upgrading your service to 12 or 24 down. That will immediately improve your download speeds. Yeah, it’s going to cost more to upgrade your service. Look at it this way: it’s a cost-benefit analysis.

You can either have faster downloads at a higher price point or slower downloads and keep things easy on your pocketbook. The choice is yours.

Update Your Browser

Update your browser. Sometimes, the browser version can make a difference. When developers update software, they stop supporting older versions. Or, sometimes, the older version develops a bug in it. In general, newer is better and will download files faster.

Clear The Browsing History and Cookies

Your browsing history might be slowing you down. If you’ve spent a lot of time on sites you only ever visit once or twice, you might have a lot of stuff in your history. This varies with different browsers, but with most of them, you’ll click “tools,” then “delete browsing history.” History can bog down CPU. It’s like having a lot of skeletons in your closet. You can’t expect things to move quickly when you have a lot of skeletons in your closet. That’s the rule in dating, and it’s the rule in downloading. Download like you date – with a “clean slate.” It is also a good idea to clear out the internet cookies while you are at it.

Close Down Programs You Don’t Need Right Now

You don’t need to have every program on your computer running at the same time. Close some of that stuff down. It uses up system resources. This, in turn, slows down your downloading speed. Closing programs will allow your browser to focus all of its resources on increasing or optimizing download speeds.

Download One Thing At a Time

Download only one media file at a time – especially if it’s large like music or movies. When you download multiple 2gb files at once, you’re asking for trouble.

First of all, most Internet connections just can’t handle this much at one time. Second, you’re moving more stuff through the same maximum bandwidth allowance. Naturally, it’s going to slow things down a bit.

So, axe multiple downloads and you’ll find that you will download everything faster because you’re using up fewer system resources. Your computer doesn’t have to shuffle back and forth, trying to multitask. And, that’s going to make everyone happy. Bittorrent client software like Vuze usually have useful information on their site about configuring your client for faster downloads. Always make sure you are only sharing content that doesn’t infringe on copyright.

Samuel Reyes is passionate about computer technology. He enjoys breaking down complicated systems for everyday users to maximize computers’ capabilities.