Everyone I know (in Oz at least) is having real problems with a very slow internet. Doesn't matter if it's ADSL, cable or whatever, we are all having the same aggro. It's fine for a while and then...it..........slows...............down to the point it almost freezes and then, mysteriously returns to normal again after a re-boot or just by waiting an hour or so. It can't be a virus on my PC because everyone is having the same problem. I spoke to my tame tekky and he said that Microsoft are doing some kind of upgrade on their XP/internet interface whatever that means.
Now I'm thinking the real reason is that Microsoft wants us all to upgrade (HA!) to the pile of poo that is Vista. Cynical, moi?