why is my internet slow?

  agent 47 14:10 04 Nov 05

hi, my internet explorer is going very slow for the past month, the green light bar at the bottom
seems to be lagging sometimes for about 5 mins!
has anyone got any ideas?
ive got win xp pro
1 gig ram
2000mhz processor
120 gig h/drive
and how can i check if something is slowing my internet down?
thanks, hank!

  SB23 14:20 04 Nov 05

I had this problem a while ago.Have a check to see what programs are running in the background,I had a few that were starting up with the pc,that were not needed,simply stop them.Also have a look at the add on's for IE.Open up IE,go to tools,manage add on's,and again stop what you don't need running.In my case it did help.

  Stuartli 15:21 04 Nov 05

Some people find that clearing the Temporary Internet Files folder helps.

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