3 Best Ways to Free Up Disk Space on Your Computer

So you open up your computer and realize it’s taking slower than usual. You open up My Computer and boom, your disk space is at the red line due to God-knows-what you’re storing in your computer.

The most obvious way is to clean out all the excess. Today, we’ll be talking about 3 of the best and quickest ways to clean up your disk space and get your computer happy and fit again.

1. Clear Out Temporary Internet Files

 

On the outside, you might think it’s just the manually-installed software that’s causing your computer to pile up on data but then you realize that even though you remove all of them, there are still some fragments left.

The culprit? Temporary internet files.

You have two ways to do this but it’s best that you do both: Installing a cache cleaner like CCleaner and cleaning the browsing data from your preferred internet browser.

In case you need step by step instructions, Wondershare has a really good tutorial on how to delete temporary internet files.

2. Empty Your Trash Cans

Just because you deleted something from your folders doesn’t mean it’s gone completely. Just like trash in real life, you need to either let the dump truck take it or incinerate it yourself.

Cleaning up the Recycle Bin is as easy as 1-2-3:

  • Go to your Desktop and double-click on Recycle Bin.
  • If you want to wipe out everything in there, just click on Empty The Recycle Bin and click Ok.
  • If you prefer to select just a few files to completely wipe off, hold Ctrl on your keyboard and left-click the files you want to be gone.
  • Once you’re done, press Delete on our keyboard and click Yes.

This is very handy if you regret buying a 50 GB EA Game or a hundred GB worth of dead memes that’s enough to make a non-normie go REEEEE.

3. Uninstall Apps and Games You Don’t Use

Sometimes you have to let go of some programs in your computer…like Gimp or Roblox.

Apps and Games make up a lot of space accumulation and if they continue to stack up, your computer’s storage will be on the red line before you even know it.

The best way to uninstall them is through the Control Panel:

  • Press the Windows/Start button on the lower left of your screen and select Control Panel.
  • Click on Uninstall a program under Programs.
  • From there, you’re given a list of all known installed apps and games on your computer.
  • Click on the program you want out of here and choose Uninstall. Just follow the procedures and click Ok. Wait for the computer to completely wipe out the program.
  • No need to go to the Recycle Bin anymore since you’ve directly erased the program already.
  • If you want to sort the programs easier, either click on the Installed On or Size tab. Installed On will be based on the date you’ve installed the program whilst the Size is based on…well, size.

Those are the ideal ways to keep your computer loosey-goosey from unnecessary files. If it also helps, you should have an external hard drive too for additional storage for the files that you need.

Top 7 Reasons Why Your WiFi is Connected but There is No Internet

IP Address Conflict

In this article, we’ll be looking at the biggest culprits as to why you can’t use the internet despite being able to connect to your wifi.

1.  The Wifi Router itself

The Wifi Router itself

There are different kinds of router models out there but the most common way to know if your router is the problem is by looking at the 4 main labels: Power, DSL, Internet, and WLAN.

If those 4 labels are lit up like a Christmas tree, your internet should be alright. If not, here are some causes:

  • If one of the 4 major labels on your modem (Power, Internet, DSL, WLAN) does not light up or is in a red light, there is a malfunction in your model.

  • If one of the 4 major labels (Power, Internet, DSL, WLAN) does not light up or is in a red light, it’s possible that your internet provider is having problems.

  • Outdated model that couldn’t catch up with the internet provider’s firmware

  • Broken model possibly due to falling or a doggo thought it was food and tried to chew it

Loose cable that results in inconsistent connection

Solution/s

Truly the best way to solve such issue is by doing the textbook restart. If that doesn’t help, there are always a couple more ways to do so. Here they are:

Restarting your modem

  • Turn off your modem using the on/off button

  • Take out the cable and switch

  • Wait for at least 20 seconds to a maximum of 2 mins

  • Put back the cable and the switch and turn the modem on again

Changing the cable

  • If you feel like it’s the cable’s fault, just switch out with a new one like this 50-feet modem cable.

Call your internet provider

  • If all else fails, know that it could be on the internet provider’s side that’s causing no internet within your household.

  • What you want to do is call an operator and ask for a visit from the tech team to check out what’s wrong

  • It could either be a faulty wiring or the modem itself. Whichever reason is, they’ll definitely change it for free

2. Network Card Drivers

Network Card Drivers

It looks like a complicated matter but believe us, it’s simpler than it actually is. Network card drivers can cause your device, most particularly the PC, to lose the ability to surf the web.

One of the bigger hassles as to why your mobile device or computer keeps disconnecting from wifi is because of the failed network card drivers.

  • This is either due to complications in the device registration or another crack in the registry.

Solution

The best way to do this is to restart your driver itself. Read carefully and follow the instructions:

  • Click Start and then open Control Panel.

  • From there, go to Hardware and Sound.

  • After clicking on Hardware and Sound, you should see Devices and Printers.

  • Under Devices and Printers, click Device Manager.

  • Find Network Adapters and open the subpanel. You should find different adapters there.

  • One by one, select an adapter and click Update Driver Software, located on the upper portion of the window.

When you’re done updating, restart the computer.

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3. IP Address Conflict

IP Address Conflict

We’ve said this in Top 7 Reasons Why Your Internet Keeps Disconnecting and we’ll say it again.

A very odd issue within the confines of connected devices to your wifi is that they can lead to a mix-up within the IP addresses.

  • The router is confused where to deliver the internet data to which device because of similarities within their IP addresses.

  • Duplicates happen like a phone and a laptop having the same code of 192.168.1.5.

  • When there are duplicate IP addresses, the router won’t be able to send the internet to each device.

  • Every connected device must have its own exclusive IP Address

Solution

Simply the best way to resolve such issue is by contacting your internet provider via their tech support. However, if the tech support isn’t available, here are a few steps to solve the issue:

On computers (Windows Vista/7/8/10)

Based on Netgear.com on how to set a static IP for your computer.

  • Go to Start, then Control Panel and then Network and Sharing Center.

  • Click on Change adapter settings.

  • Right-click on Local Area Connection and choose Properties.

  • From there, choose Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties, which is next to the Install and Uninstall buttons.

  • Click on Use the following IP address. Fill in all the information. If you’re not sure about this part, you must consult your internet provider so they’ll share you the info you need.

  • Click OK and exit the Local Area Connection.

On Android devices

  • Go to Settings

  • Tap Connections

  • Select Wi-Fi

  • Hold down on the wi-fi network you’re connected to and choose Manage Network Settings

  • A pop-up should appear, revealing the IP address and Gateway.

  • Ignore the gateway and tap on IP Address and fill out the given info (Example: 192.168.1.5)

4. WiFi Adapter

WiFi Adapter

If everything else is fine from the router to the IP address but you still can’t connect to the internet, it’s possible that your wifi adapter is causing the big problem.

There’s really no direct reason why the adapter itself isn’t letting you use the internet, however, it’s a good thing the adapter itself has a premade troubleshooter.

Solution

On a Windows 7+ computer:

  • On the lower right corner of the taskbar, you should find the Network icon. Right-click on the Network icon

  • Choose Troubleshoot Problems

  • It should tell you the specific problem of your internet connection and if you think the problem is out of reach, call your local internet provider.

5. DNS Issues

DNS Issues

This is where things get deeper. The device always has a local DNS within the software that receives the internet data from the router.

Due to some complications, the DNS is piling up cache files that block the internet date from getting delivered to the device.

Solutions

There are two ways to solve it based on your situation.

If you can connect to the internet but can’t go to particular websites like streaming websites or even adult-themed websites, you must change the DNS server address.

On Windows 7+ Computer

  • Click Start, and open the Control Panel.

  • From there, click Network and Internet.

  • Click on Network and Sharing Center.

  • Choose Manage Wireless Networks on the very left of the screen.

  • Select the network you’re connected to and click Adapter Properties.

  • On the Networking tab, double-click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).

  • Select Use the following DNS server addresses:

  • On the preferred DNS server, fill it with 8 . 8 . 8 . 8.

  • On the alternate DNS server, fill it with 8 .8 .4 .4.

  • Click OK and exit.

  • Now restart your router.

On an Android device

  • Go to Settings.

  • Tap Connections.

  • Tap WI-FI.

  • Hold down on the wifi you’re connected to and choose Manage network settings.

  • Scroll down and you should see DNS 1 and DNS 2.

  • On DNS 1, fill it with 8 . 8 . 8 . 8.

  • On DNS 2, fill it with 8 .8 .4 .4.

  • Exit the menu.

  • Now restart your router.

6. Admin Settings in Wireless Mode

Admin Settings in Wireless Mode

Another reason as to how you have no internet access is within the admin settings itself. You must do this with the help of either a computer internet browser or your mobile phone.

It can be solved by going to the router dashboard of your internet.

Solutions

On Windows 7+ Computer

  • Open your internet browser (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, IE, whichever you prefer).

  • On the address bar, type 192.168.1.1

  • This will open up the router dashboard.

  • In case you’re asked for the Username and Password, you must contact your internet provider to tell you. Only they know what the admin username and password are.

  • When you finally enter, select the Interface Setup tab.

  • Within the Access Point Settings, you should find Wireless Mode there.

  • Click on Wireless Mode and choose 802.11 g.

  • Exit the program.

  • Restart your router.

On Android device

  • Go to Settings.

  • Tap Connections.

  • Tap WI-FI.

  • Tap on the wifi you’re connected to and you should see Manage router

  • Tap on the highlighted IP address.

  • In case you’re asked for the Username and Password, you must contact your internet provider to tell you. Only they know what the admin username and password are.

  • When you finally enter, select the Interface Setup tab.

  • Within the Access Point Settings, you should find Wireless Mode there.

  • Click on Wireless Mode and choose 802.11 g.

  • Exit the program.

  • Restart your router.

7. Downloads through Torrent or Game Client

Downloads through Torrent or Game Client

When you’re downloading something heavy like a video game or a movie, chances are, the device that’s downloading the files are absorbing all that precious internet speed to the downloads.

On Torrent

  • Open your Torrent program.

  • Find the program that you are downloading and right-click on it.

  • Choose Bandwidth Allocation and select Low. This should stop the torrent file from sucking up all the internet speed and distribute it equally to browsers.

  • If you want to browse without any delays at all, just exit your torrent program by going to File and then Exit.

On a Game Client

There are numerous game clients out there like Steam, Origins, Uplay, and Garena, but in this case, let’s just go with Steam. The solution will be similar for other game clients.

  • When you open Steam, you should click Steam on the very upper left of the screen.

  • Go to Settings.

  • Choose the Downloads tab and you should find Limit Bandwidth to.

  • From there, choose a speed that’s lesser than your average internet speed.

  • That should stop Steam from absorbing all the internet speed from the router and you’ll be able to use the browser again while downloading at minimum speed.

If you still feel like the browsing is too slow, you should either quit the client or stop the download itself. Here’s how:

  • Exit Steam by going to the Steam tab and press Exit

  • If you want to keep Steam on but want to stop the game from downloading, go to Library and right-click the game highlighted in blue (blue letters means it’s downloading).

  • Click Manage Downloads….

  • On the upper right corner, click Pause.

7 Reasons Why Your Internet Keeps on Disconnecting

IP Address conflict

Don’t you just hate it when you’re watching your favorite cat video or playing a heated online game just to be abruptly disconnected for whatever reason and now you’re so angry you want to punch your monitor or kick down the modem? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.

Today we’ll be looking at the biggest and most common reasons why your internet keeps disconnecting. So many reasons, you can practically make a country song out of them,

We’ll learn the usual suspects that cause internet disconnection as well as finding out possible solutions to fix the problem. Please take note that not all of the given solutions here are guaranteed to alleviate the problems.

We’ll be separating them into 2 categories: Hardware and software

Hardware Problems

Internet problems are usually caused by the peripheral that powers up the internet itself. It could be a router, a cable, a network card or maybe the wires outside your house.

1.  Cable/DSL Modem

CableDSL Modem

We’re pretty sure at this point, you’re tired of seeing the same answer from Google regarding your frequent internet issue but you can’t blame them. The modem is always the common culprit here.

Causes

Here are very common reasons why your modem keeps disconnecting:

  • Outdated model that couldn’t catch up with the internet provider’s firmware

  • Loose cable that results in inconsistent connection

  • Your internet provider itself--either they’re incompetent or having a major malfunction in the servers

  • Broken model possibly due to falling or a doggo thought it was food and tried to chew it

Solution/s

You may have heard these a thousand times already but if it works for everyone else, then it works for you.

Restarting your modem

  • Turn off your modem using the on/off button

  • Take out the cable and switch

  • Wait for at least 20 seconds to a maximum of 2 mins

  • Put back the cable and the switch and turn the modem on again

Changing the cable

  • If you feel like it’s the cable’s fault, just switch out with a new one like this 50-feet modem cable.

Call your internet provider

  • If all else fails, know that it could be on the internet provider’s side that’s causing no internet inside the house

  • What you want to do is call an operator and ask for a visit from the tech team to check out what’s wrong

  • It could either be a faulty wiring or the modem itself. Whichever reason is, they’ll definitely change it for free

2. Wireless/Wired Router

WirelessWired Router

These days, the most common type of internet provision in a household is a wi-fi router. It’s always best to be able to use the internet freely anywhere in the house without any wires that will make anyone go haywire.

Causes

The problems are similar to the Cable/DSL modem too if the router keeps disconnecting:

  • Possible outdated router model

  • Damaged router

  • Faulty wiring

  • Internet provider itself

Solutions

Nonetheless, there are still some ways to get you back to enjoy your wireless fidelity:

  • Try resetting your router just like the Cable/DSL modem

  • If your computer can’t connect to the wireless service, use a direct cable

  • If all else fails, contact your internet provider to help solve the issue

3.  Network Card

Network Card

Sometimes it’s really not your modem’s fault at all but rather the equipment that’s responsible for receiving the internet in your computer.

Please take note that this one only applies to desktop computers and not on laptops nor phones at all.

Cause

The only way to know is to open up your CPU and check the card itself. Verify if there is something fishy about it but if it’s not, it’s best not to touch it even further.

  • The most possible reason why your network card isn’t working is that of a faulty hardware--either because of a damage or too much dust build-up

Solution

This situation is quite seldom but if this happens to you, there’s one way to be able to have a proper internet card again.

  • The best way to solve this issue is just by either cleaning out the dust or buy a new one. If it does happen to be busted, an Intel Wireless AC is an example that works as an internet card for modern PCs.

Software Problems

If the hardware isn’t the root of the problem why your internet keeps disconnecting, it’s most likely the system itself. It doesn’t take a hacker or a coder to solve the common disconnection problems at all so just follow our steps and you can get to watch Pewdiepie videos or scroll through memes on social media again.

4. IP Address conflict

IP Address conflict

This is likely due to multiple devices.

Causes

If you’re running multiple devices so they can all use the internet, chances are you might be caught in an IP address conflict.

  • The router is confused where to deliver the internet data to which device because of similarities within their IP addresses.

  • Duplicates happen like a phone and a laptop having the same code of 192.168.1.5.

  • When there are duplicate IP addresses, the router won’t be able to send the internet to each device.

  • Every connected device must have its own exclusive IP Address

Solution

Simply the best way to resolve such issue is by contacting your internet provider via their tech support. However, if the tech support isn’t available, here are a few steps to solve the issue:

On computers (Windows Vista/7/8/10)

Based on Netgear.com on how to set a static IP for your computer.

  • Go to Start, then Control Panel and then Network and Sharing Center.

  • Click on Change adapter settings.

  • Right-click on Local Area Connection and choose Properties.

  • From there, choose Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties, which is next to the Install and Uninstall buttons.

  • Click on Use the following IP address. Fill in all the information. If you’re not sure about this part, you must consult your internet provider so they’ll share you the info you need.

  • Click OK and exit the Local Area Connection.

On Android devices

  • Go to Settings

  • Tap Connections

  • Select Wi-Fi

  • Hold down on the wi-fi network you’re connected to and choose Manage Network Settings

  • A pop-up should appear, revealing the IP address and Gateway.

  • Ignore the gateway and tap on IP Address and fill out the given info (Example: 192.168.1.5)

5. Internet Protocol

Internet Protocol

A more complicated matter but done in a simpler solution with just 3 steps.

Causes

Another issue is the internet protocol. This is a bit more complex than the IP address conflict but read carefully and you’ll get through the complications.

  • On a simpler note, there’s really no exact cause as to why internet protocol ceases the network from running on your device, affecting all the others connected to the router.

  • On a more technical standpoint, internet protocol stops your device from connecting to the network due to complications in the registry.

Solution

The best way to solve this problem is by resetting the internet protocol itself. When it’s successful, it should come back with a brand-new registry, free from any duds.

  • Press the Windows button + R to bring up the Run command.

  • In the box, type in “netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt” without the quotation marks.

  • Restart the computer.

6. Network Card Drivers on computers

Network Card Drivers on computers

It may sound intimidating at this point but trust us, it’s easier than it looks. Just read the following very carefully.

Causes

One of the bigger hassles as to why your mobile device or computer keeps disconnecting from wifi is because of the failed network card drivers.

  • This is either due to complications in the device registration or another crack in the registry.

Solution

The best way to do this is to restart your driver itself. Read carefully and follow the instructions:

  • Click Start and then open Control Panel.

  • From there, go to Hardware and Sound.

  • After clicking on Hardware and Sound, you should see Devices and Printers.

  • Under Devices and Printers, click Device Manager.

  • Find Network Adapters and open the subpanel. You should find different adapters there.

  • One by one, select an adapter and click Update Driver Software, located on the upper portion of the window.

  • When you’re done updating, restart the computer.

7. Corrupt Windows System Files on computers

Corrupt Windows System Files on computers

This is the last straw as to why your internet keeps on disconnecting. It’s a harsh reason but just hope this doesn’t happen to you.

Cause

The worst possible reason for your computer not being able to connect to the internet is due to windows system files.

These essential files are corrupted due to a spyware or a virus.

Solution

Needless to say, you have two options but pray that the first one works than the second.

  • The very first solution is to install an antivirus program and scan the threat. This should bring back matters normally and get you surfing the interwebs again.

  • If not, then your other solution is to hard reboot your system. Yes, you must wipe your computer’s precious data to be able to use the net again. Don’t forget to back-up all the files first before doing so.

Conclusion

There you have it, 7 common culprits as to why your internet keeps on disconnecting.

While you can technically do any of these yourself, we highly recommend you talk to your internet provider’s tech support instead. The last thing you want is to have your situation become much worse than what it originally was.

They’re the ones who know everything about your internet condition more than anyone else besides you.There you have it, 7 common culprits as to why your internet keeps on disconnecting.

While you can technically do any of these yourself, we highly recommend you talk to your internet provider’s tech support instead. The last thing you want is to have your situation become much worse than what it originally was.

They’re the ones who know everything about your internet condition more than anyone else besides you.