How to stop the throttling on your Virgin Media broadband connection

Last year I started using broadband supplied by Virgin Media, which ran on a cabled connection (not the phone line).

I noticed that when I downloaded anything that initiated many connections (such as with a download manager, or torrents), the overall connection speed was very low. This was frustrating because we had an excellent connection, and I could get the full connection speed if I downloaded from a server.

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