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More often than not, when I download a sizable file, or watch a Youtube video, whatever, the download chugs along at a good speed, then slows down to almost nothing and never recovers. Network is fine because my work laptop does not have the problem.

I did some on line tests though none were long enough to consistently expose the problem. I connect at 1.5m and the first 15 sec or so works fine. I was able to duplicate the problem only about 20% of the time. When it failed, download speed slowed dramatically and then never recovered.

Brief history. XP, had hardware firewall provided by work but it crapped out. The windows firewall has been adequate but I mistakenly disabled it, and crap got on my computer. The crap is cleaned up according to spywarebot, adaware, and norton av. I experimented with zonealert but found it to be a pain so I switched back to windows. But I still have this download problem. For all I know I'm barking up the wrong tree.
 
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