Upgrading your home's wi-fi reception does not have to mean a pricey investment. Sometimes it is just a question of turning your router and its antenna around or moving it a few metres, recommends German telecommunications portal Teltarif.de.
Routers work best when they are free-standing and not placed directly next to furniture or walls. Such objects can create a dead spot that disrupts the network.
If rearranging does not work, then a repeater may be necessary. These can wirelessly boost the network by giving it more reach or extending the signal to hard-to-reach parts of a dwelling. But using the repeater also halves bandwidth strength.
To avoid this, consider access points, which work with cables connected to the main router. That means less of a loss of speed.
Clear your computer of ad- and spyware
Forget to tick a box when you’re downloading items from the internet and, before long, you’re busy clicking away ad- and spyware which annoyingly pop up all the time onto your machine.
There is a variety of these things: the Babylon Toolbar, Deltasearch, MyStart-Incredibar, Qvo6 and Wajam are just some.
If allowed to, they will clutter up a desktop with cheap ads and pop-ups. Sometimes they might even reset a browser’s homepage, reports the German computer magazine PC go.
Those so afflicted will be glad to hear there are tools available to track down and remove the most annoying programmes.
Before resorting to the toughest measures, first try to de-install the programmes normally. Try using Windows System Tools, recommend the experts. As annoying as they are, many come prepackaged with a standard de-installation routine.
But regular de-installation might not work any more if a clean-up programme has had a first, unsuccessful go at it.
So if de-installation does not work, turn to something stiffer like Avast Browser Cleanup, a freeware application. If that does not work, check out a complete clean with Freeware AdwCleaner.
To be absolutely safe, consider a malware scan with something like Eset Online Scanner before moving up to Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, also free. But, as always, one must be careful. With Malwarebytes, to make sure you really get the free version, unclick the option for a free test of the paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO during installation.