Ubuntu: apt-get really slow but no internet problems


I'm running into an issue where running apt-get update and apt-get install are really slow. It's relatively quick (~600 KB/s) for the first 5 seconds but then slows down to 4 KB/s or less. I don't have any internet problems, though. Here's the result of a speed test:

speed test

My /etc/apt/sources.list file is pointing to http://us.archive.ubuntu.com. I thought maybe it was a problem with the mirror, but downloading a file from http://us.archive.ubuntu.com is fast:

$ wget http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/trusty-updates/Contents-amd64.gz  --2015-08-17 14:46:53--  http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/trusty-updates/Contents-amd64.gz  Resolving us.archive.ubuntu.com (us.archive.ubuntu.com)...,,, ...  Connecting to us.archive.ubuntu.com (us.archive.ubuntu.com)||:80... connected.  HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK  Length: 14723021 (14M) [application/x-gzip]  Saving to: ‘Contents-amd64.gz’    100%[==========================================================================================================================================================>] 14,723,021   832KB/s   in 17s        2015-08-17 14:47:10 (845 KB/s) - ‘Contents-amd64.gz’ saved [14723021/14723021]  

What could be going on here?

EDIT: For what it's worth, I'm running Ubuntu in a VirtualBox VM.


I am afraid it might not be your computer, but your ISP. They are probably throttling your connection when it notices that you are downloading a file. I have heard some ISP's do that to prevent piracy and downloading torrents (and to reduce their bandwidth cost), but this forum isn't about this so I recommend talking with your ISP and explaining to them that you are trying to get packages for your operating system and that you're not downloading movies or something.

Hope this helps!

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