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    I know Ron was having issues, turned out to be his ISPs DNS servers. Maybe you can change DNS servers on your router to a different set (just write down your current ones before editing), sorry can't advise on another DNS to try, should be some open ones out there. Also try logging off APUG when it goes slow, once logged out is it fast again? You may have a corrupt APUG cookie, and most of all use FIREFOX http://www.mozilla.com if you are on IE the anti phishing tool is probably giving you grief.. good luck!

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    I already use Firefox. I log into APUG in the am and have it on a tab most of the day, but I'll try logging out when I'm not on it. Last night I hardwired the computer to the router thinking that might help. Don't know what a a DNS is or how to change it, but I can find out. Thanks for the suggestions Sean.
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    It appears my problem is with my ISP - they keep slowing me down because they say I've reached a limit on their "Fair Use Policy" for uploads. Since I rarely upload anything, I don't believe it. I have a Network meter that tells me what is happening regarding uploads and downloads in real time, but I need something that will record the history. Is there some program that will do this for me and work on my Vista and XP computers? I use Firefox on both computers. I tried googling "Download Manager" but I don't know if these programs will do what I want or not.
    I've shut each computer down for 24 hours, bypassed the router for 24 hours, and I still hit their magic number. The ISP says something must be uploading in the background, but if so I can't imagine what it is. Both computers run an up-to-date Norton.
    This is frustrating to say the least, and I'd really appreciate any suggestions for a program that I can run for a few days before I have to get my blood pressure checked!
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    Well, I'm still having the problem and it appears now that it is 90% IE and only about 10% Mozilla. It is confined to APUG about 99% of the time.

    The DNS server from my ISP is timing out finding APUG. No place else. Just APUG. It does it from IE and Mozilla, but Mozilla is better. APUG runs about 50% faster now but every once in a while it freezes or just cannot be reached.

    It freezes when posting, when a banner ad is coming up or when I try to arrive at APUG, it tells me that the server timed out. When I access APUG via the IP address itself, it works fine 100%! I suspect that the DNS server for my locale is overloaded, but I have seen several of the ISP trucks in my area and on my street so there may be deeper problems. They are converting from 100 mbps to a turbo 150 mbps or higher.

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    APUG is working fine for me here in the United Kingdom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnywalker View Post
    It appears my problem is with my ISP - they keep slowing me down because they say I've reached a limit on their "Fair Use Policy" for uploads. Since I rarely upload anything, I don't believe it. I have a Network meter that tells me what is happening regarding uploads and downloads in real time, but I need something that will record the history. Is there some program that will do this for me and work on my Vista and XP computers? I use Firefox on both computers. I tried googling "Download Manager" but I don't know if these programs will do what I want or not.
    I've shut each computer down for 24 hours, bypassed the router for 24 hours, and I still hit their magic number. The ISP says something must be uploading in the background, but if so I can't imagine what it is. Both computers run an up-to-date Norton.
    This is frustrating to say the least, and I'd really appreciate any suggestions for a program that I can run for a few days before I have to get my blood pressure checked!
    I just started trialling DU Meter (http://www.dumeter.com/main.php?SID=...c84abb0d244c83). It can output reports in various formats of upload and download volumes by hour/day/week etc. Seems to work well. A 30-day trial is available and it costs $24.95 if you want to keep it after that - the trial period is probably long enough for your purposes to prove how much you are/not transferring.

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    Thanks Bob, that's exactly what I was after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    I suspect that the DNS server for my locale is overloaded, but I have seen several of the ISP trucks in my area and on my street so there may be deeper problems. They are converting from 100 mbps to a turbo 150 mbps or higher.
    I'd suspect you're right - I've just checked, and APUG appears to have two DNS servers hosted by wiredtree both of which appear to be responding fine. More to the point, they're returning a TTL (Time To Live - the time a downstream DNS server is advised to keep hold of a response without bothering the origin server again) of 4 hours, so your ISP's individual DNS servers shouldn't actually be bothering APUG's servers more than once every 4 hours anyway.



    johnnywalker - are you running any kind of file-sharing software, e.g. Kazaa or Limewire? Alternatively, any online-television services like BBC iPlayer installed? File sharing software will carry on using your network connection even when the application itself isn't runnning, and these on-demand-TV programs often work in a file-sharing kind of way (i.e. even while you're not watching the TV, they're running in the background using your internet connection to upload content to other viewers.) I believe iPlayer at least has an option to turn off the background operation.

    If not, or indeed even if you are, you may be well advised to run a full virus scan of your computer. If your antivirus software has an option to boot from the CD and do a full scan that way, it might be worth doing it. If you have a virus on there, you could well find that your computer is busily uploading spam to the Internet without your knowledge.

    (Modern viruses don't tend to do the dramatic "I'm deleting all your files" things people think they do. It's more profitable for the virus writers if they actually hide themselves quietly on computers and then do nasty things like sending spam emails or denial-of-service attacking websites... The people who send a gazillion Viagra emails a day could never afford the bandwidth to do it themselves - it's much more cost effective to use other people's bandwidth bills by getting viruses to do the dirty work.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    ...The DNS server from my ISP is timing out finding APUG. No place else. Just APUG. It does it from IE and Mozilla, but Mozilla is better. APUG runs about 50% faster now but every once in a while it freezes or just cannot be reached...
    Declare the IP of APUG at the hosts file then

    Seriously speaking, sometimes I also experience freezes and need to reload pages. Overall, it seems somewhat quicker, but nothing dramatic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anon Ymous View Post
    Declare the IP of APUG at the hosts file then

    Seriously speaking, sometimes I also experience freezes and need to reload pages. Overall, it seems somewhat quicker, but nothing dramatic.
    I would love to, but as I told Sean, I have about 4 hosts files on my computer and IDK which one it uses. I suppose adding to alll of them might do the trick. I am considering it right now.

    PE

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