Faster Internet Connection ZD-Net

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Jul 20, 2001
I have a HP Pavilion N3350 laptop - windows 98 w/56K modem - 1.5 years old. My internet connection and download is soooo slow - 28800 bps.

My question to you is should I install the following offered by ZDNet.


Speed up your Internet connection with this multifeatured tool.

Company: ED Company

Version: v2.7

Date Added: 11-10-01

Size: 1.16 MB

Downloads: 104,544

OS: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
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Requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP, Visual Basic 6.0 Runtime Module

License: Shareware

BeFaster is an Internet speed-up toolkit with some powerful tools. It supports AOL, Symantec PcAnyWhere, Opera, dial-up modem, LAN, cable modem, xDSL, ISDN, T1, DirectPc, and Cable/DSL running PPPoE. Usage is simple; you can configure settings manually or the program can automatically configure them for you. Its super-ping tool prevents connection drops and awakens suspended modems. Its live update property will make you informed about the new versions. The program offers many known and hidden settings so it's easy to change all settings with one program.
This version fixes minor bugs, improves the UI, and now supports the Luna design of Windows XP.

I don't know if I have run time mod. or visual basic 6.0. Also - what is Shareware - what do you have to pay for this and is it worth it?
Dec 3, 2000
None of the connection helpers that I have tried have done a thing for my connection, basicaly i think you would be wasting your money, but lets see if others agree ! Small Consolation, but I am slower than you..26,400 ..:( ...Rhett

PS Shareware is internet based downloads that usually work for a trial period but then require a dollar amount to keep, sometimes they will continue to work, but have addware built in to help pay the cost, just depends on the software...Rhett


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Mar 19, 2001

I agree with Rhett, and there are a few things that you can do to speed up the connection, and the problem with the downloading speeds.

First off, a clean up may help:

Also, what version of IE are you running? If you don't know, go to Help | About and tell us the long number.

Have you got the latest updates:

Plus, what have you got running in the background?

Go to Run and type MSINFO32. On the left choose Software Enviroment, then Startup Programs. Copy/paste the list here.


Nov 9, 2002
Hi! - 'Am very reluctant to give any advice but. having just posted a "thank you" note to Volkov 956 for recommending "Befaster" in another similar thread - I think that you should give it a try. It works fine for me - a truthful 30% improvement - which doesn't sound much but knocks 20 mins off every hour downloading!!!!
It comes complete with an uninstaller - so what have you got to lose??
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