The best solution for you is probably a proxy-based Internet
Here is what such an accelerator does: Instead of your browser going
to various Internet sites to get the information it needs to display
web pages, it instead goes to a server known as a proxy. It is that
proxy that sends the information to the user. What is different about
the proxy is that it sends compressed images (that are lower quality
but can be sent over the modem faster because they're smaller) and
takes other steps so that your browser has get less information to
display the page. Some of these web accelerator services also delete
advertising (including popups) that make pages load slowly.
The result is that pages heavy in graphics load more quickly. You
won't get improvement with e-mail, big downloads and text-heavy sites
such as Google (which is pretty fast to begin with). The reviews of
these products indicate that they help some the first time you go to a
site, but when you return they help out quite a bit, cutting the time
to a half, a third or better.
Here are three such services. All are available for from $5 to $10 per
month, in addition to what you pay your Internet service provider.
Any one of the three products above can be downloaded for a free
All three of these systems work the same way. Propel seems to be the
largest company, and its product has been extensively reviewed by
neutral sources. Here are some of the reviews:
Excerpts of several reviews
As the C|Net review indicated, most of the software-only that are
designed to make your computer and connection run faster don't really
do all that much. So I suggest you don't waste your time with them and
go with a proxy-based system instead.
Search strategy: I was aware of Propel, so I looked for reviews of
propel using the term "propel review" to get a neutral perspective on
if it does what it claims.
Then as I was browsing through articles on Propel, I ran across the
names of some of its competitors.