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Any good free accelerators?

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  1. dmarie4eva

    dmarie4eva Thread Starter

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    I have a 56k modem which, as everyone knows is...slooooooooow. I have WalMart Connect, which is antiquated and boring, but it's cheap, reliable, and with nine months of use has almost never crashed, so I hang on to it. But it offers no built-in web accelerator. I want it to work like broadband because I'm an impatient type and I surf alot! So tonight I downloaded a trial of Webroot Accelerator. It worked great for ten minutes, then my browser completely crashed, which my boyfriend, a computer prophet, warned me would happen. After I uninstalled it, and sloooooooowly surfed the 'Net again, I was discouraged by Google searches turning up forum topics such as, "Accelerators suck,the only good high-speed connection is broadband," and other similarly depressing stuff.
    Here is my deal. I am running XP Pro on an old Compaq with only 64 MB memory, and 6GB on the hard drive. I am firewalled through XP. I don't use Internet Explorer because I can't stand the pop-ups and infiltration through Windows Messenger to deliver porn ads and other garbage. {I have recently learned how to kill the Messenger Service myself, to solve this problem.} I cannot get high-speed dial-up in my area, and don't want to spend the money for broadband right now. Are there any good free internet accelerators for a computer like this? :)
    I have downloaded utilities such as Registry Mechanic, which among other things promises to optimize your internet connection, but it tried so hard to fix and optimize everything that after a few weeks my registry and running processes, including something called my Sapi-server, were all in shreds, and I had to re-boot from the ground up--my third crash this year, because I take risks downloading free programs and try to uninstall programs and files I have no business even looking at. Which if nothing else has taught me what I can and can't do out there. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Elvandil

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    There is really nothing you can do but get DSL. Internet accelerators simply don't work very well, and the most common type that offers even a hope of real speed improvement requires a dedicated server to filter image information in order to speed the delivery of other content. That would need to be supplied by your ISP and they would have to have the necessary equipment installed on their side.

    Your best bet is to use your limited bandwidth wisely, block ads and popups where possible, and be sure that no malware is using your bandwidth without your knowledge by doing frequent antimalware scans.
     
  3. LauraMJ

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    It is possible, I think, that adding some more memory may make everything faster, including your serfing.
     
  4. Rockn

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    Nothing will help the speed except a fatter pipe coming in. The technology itself is the bottleneck not the computer.
     
  5. dmarie4eva

    dmarie4eva Thread Starter

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    For Elvandil, Laura, and even Rockn, thanks for your replies. After reading them I discussed my modem, memory and hard drive with my boyfriend rather exhaustively, since he is the guy who hand-built this computer for me in the 1st place. It turns out my figures were somewhat off--I actually have 128 memory, 20 GB hard drive, and that my modem--a US Fax Robotics 56k--is, according to him, "One of the best out there." He is the computer-savvy one, not I, so I'll take his word on that. He's said for a long time that more memory would improve my speed all-around, but we never get around to adding any, don't ask me why. He's always said no accelerator on Earth will give me the speed I crave unless I upgrade to DSL or broadband. Really, I wanted to check with other computer-savvy ones to make sure--me, double-check on what my boyfriend says?--never!!! so I thank you all very much for your advice, and for vindicating my boyfriend's opinion. ;)
     
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