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Thanks for that input gentlemen, very informative. What has been bothering me is pages freezing, slowing to snail's pace and otherwise acting funny, when the place is deserted, so not a case of overload. This happens frequently at different places, which in itself seems a bit suspect to me. As I said initially, not likely to damage me financially, just never been fond of people mucking about with things they shouldn't. Re the comment about Poland, there was a similar thing in Slovakia...I remember a number doing the rounds in the late 90s which had some means to block STB ( Slovak KGB now calls itself SIS - Slovak Information Service) interference with mobiles.
That can be due to any number of issues, esp where wifi is in the equation. Plus an unknown quality of link from cafe to ISP, and the ISP's backhaul and tiering connection, and even which INX it is connected to. And what sites you are using.
Use a VPN to rule out MITM attacks
plus you could have picked up any number of dodgy add-ons
Also, if yuou are using a modern OS, you may have an interoperability issue between OS and the cafe router...
The way lots of people use public access computers makes me cringe. Particularly in the UK in libraries, the number of times I have logged on to find somebody elses gmail or facebook sat there wide open. I used to send them messages from themselves reading- You should be more careful about logging off when using public computers...yours Your Stalker. I expect they never forgot to do it again !!!