ihave ntl broadband 512mb,,on my pc, with xp and a pent 4 with a 2.8 processor it downloads very slow.but with the same ntl box on my sons pc with windows 2000 and a pent 4 2.gb pross.it downloads about 5 times faster .he thinks its my settings but both were done auto on setup.
Have you run a 'spyware' detecting prog to check for malware? For e.g. Adaware or 'Search and Destroy'. Both available on the downloads section of this site. What antivirus and firewall progs are you using? You could also try changing the server you are using to a proxy server to see if this speeds up the connection. I would also suggest running a 'speed test' from click here (top right of page. If you post your results it might offer some clues.