Computer causing connection freezes

Dell / Dimension 8300
February 2, 2009 at 10:44:31
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.793 GHz / 2047 MB
I've been having a problem with my internet now for the past months and I'm desperate at this stage to fix it. Basically whatever is causing it to happen is making my browsers take up to 30 seconds to load a website, to connect to a game, to reload connection info in a game, to connect to any online software really, and is also preventing me from connecting to the likes of Limewire too.

When I first log on internet works grand, but give it maybe 2 minutes and it just takes ages to connect to a server for a website, game etc to start loading. Once it eventually loads its grand then for another couple of minutes and then same problem occures. I'm with NTL and have a 10MB connection, and at first I thought it was their end causing it but I connected the modem up to the laptop and it worked grand on that so its definitely the computer causing it.

I've tried everything I can think of at this stage; disk cleanup, defrag, general cleanup of hard drive, spyware scan, virus scan, cooling down the room in case it was computer overheating causing it, and nothing works.

I found something on that is the exact problem I'm having - but their solution doesn't apply to me as I don't have Microsoft TCP/IP version 6 installed, so I'm back to square 1.

I would really appreciate if someone could offer any help on this as I'm desperate to try fix it at this stage.

Just to clarify its not the actual speed thats affected, once something loads it loads instantly as it should, it just takes ages to connect and start loading.

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February 2, 2009 at 12:17:21
internet options > delete cookies button and then delete files button and then clear history button.

Then check for the start up programs that are installed as they may tie up internet services when you first open the browser.

navigate to C: Windows/prefetch and delete the files that are in this folder. or you can google for ATFcleaner (free) and use it to clean out all the files listed .

You can also use Ccleaner (free) to clean the other cookies and temp url's that are stored on you computer and then use the registry cleaner as well to clean old files and dead end pathes.

In reference to 11/05/2008

"So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause."
- George Lucas

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February 3, 2009 at 13:31:09
Thanks for your reply lurkswithin, I must've cleared the best part of 400MB worth of files but I'm still having the problem.

Any other suggestions?

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