Woo hoo! I have proper Internet again! Took me 2 months to sort it out.
In May I changed ISP and bought a new PC. Since then my Internet connection sucked, especially in Chrome. Some pages took forever to open. I even blamed Google CSE for making my website load slowly! I have spoken to my new ISP several times, complaining about slow speeds, but their tests showed that my line was OK (the router confirmed that speeds were good). Entanet, the new ISP, have been great – they seem to be one of the few good ISPs left. Get this – they talk to customers!
Then today, by chance, I spotted something called Network iControl running on my PC. I Googled it, and it is an ASUS thing. I Googled more and found a thread on Toms Hardware in which someone was having problems with slow uploads when it was switched on.
So I then Googled [how to turn off Asus Network iControl] and it is set in ASUS AI Suite. A bit more reading and I learn that ASUS AI Suite seems to be mostly used for Overclocking – something I do not use. Several people recommend uninstalling it and using BIOS to overclock, if that’s your thing. Several people on Tom’s Hardware mentioned that fiddling with the AI Suite caused their systems to overheat – overclocking is for hardware experts only!
So I uninstalled ASUS AI Suite, using the Windows Control Panel, in normal mode, then restarted my PC (to be sure everything cleared…. ) and now have fast Internet once again, and Chrome is working as expected. Phew.
Some pages that saved me:
Beware: Asus Network iControl can kill upload speeds on Tom’s Hardware
Want to go old school and remove Asus AI suite on Hard Forum
So, if your new Windows 7 machine with an ASUS motherboard is running slow, especially if browsers are slow, then try removing the ASUS AI Suite and see if that fixes it. If you do not overclock, or are not worried about monitoring the core temperature of your CPU, then it is probably not needed and could be slowing you down.