Download speed slow, spyware?

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  1. jwhite878 macrumors regular

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    Hey guys. Lately, my download speed has been unacceptably slow. Could I have downloaded some spyware or something by accident? Can you get anything like this from just being on a website or do you have to download and install it? If something's wrong, how do I fix the problem? Thanks!:)
     
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    In Mac OS X you have to install it manually with entering your password (if you have one).

    Check your down- and upload speed at www.speedtest.net and also take a look at Applications / Utilities / Activity Monitor > Network and see what up- and download speeds (Data received, Data sent) you achieve during no browsing activities.

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  3. jwhite878 thread starter macrumors regular

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    This is what I came up with.
     

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    That looks okay, what does www.speedtest.net say again?

    Have you also tried another browser or resetting your default browser?

    Is it only happening to specific websites or to all of them?
     
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    Yeah I have tried another browser. So far, safari is the fastest. And the downloads are slow in general. I notice this especially on iTunes. I'll give resetting a shot though. I tmay also be the distance from the router.
     
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    Should I reset everything or just specific parts?
     
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    In other words, you have a download speed of roughly 500KB/s and an upload speed of 62KB/s, thus an average song being downloaded from the iTunes store should not take more than half a minute.

    What kind of network settings do you use and also take a look at the AirPort Menu Bar icon and click on it while holding down the OPTION/ALT key and see, what it says under Transmit Rate.

    You can leave the marked part unchecked.

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  9. jwhite878 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't have a password and for my set up I have an airport extreme and an airport express extending it. The transmit rate is 54.

    EDIT: Oh sorry, I'll remember the edit next time.
     
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    Set a password and see if that helps. Maybe someone is leeching off your internet connection, thus the slow browsing experience.

    The transmit rate of 54 tells us, that either your router or your Mac only have 802.11b/g wireless capabilities, thus only 54Mbit/s transfer speeds, roughly translating to 5MB/s.
     
  11. jwhite878 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, when I changed the password it knocked out the connection to the express, and I've been out in the sun all day so I am reallllly tired. Is it cool if we fix it tomorrow?
     

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