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Top 10 Web-acceleration tools
October 26, 1998
Web posted at: 11:40 AM EDT
by Sally Neuman
(IDG) -- Browsing grown sloooow? Downloads failing?
Searching without success? If you're going crazy
wasting your time online, these utilities can help. You
can fine-tune your settings to improve connections and
throughput, let a program prefetch your pages so you
can instantly see the results, and find many other ways
to minimize online roadblocks.
- MTU-Speed Pro: Change settings in your
Windows 95 or 98 Registry that affect transfer
and throughput speeds. MTU-Speed helps you
fine-tune settings that may not be right for
TCP/IP connections, helping to increase your
connection speeds and stability. The difference
can be dramatic.
- Speed Surfer: This Web accelerator preloads
links from pages you browse so that pages
seem to pop up almost instantly when you click
their links. Data from links you do not visit is
immediately thrown out, so your PC doesn't
waste disk space or memory.
- PPP Boost: Use this utility to make changes to
Registry settings that affect your Internet
transfer speeds. PPP Boost changes the
Windows 95 defaults from local-area network
settings to settings more tuned for a typical
- Jackhammer Trial: Punch through roadblocks on
the information superhighway. When you
encounter a Web site or FTP server that's busy,
paste the URL into Jackhammer; it keeps trying
until it gains access and then opens a new
browser window or downloads the file.
- Dipstick: If you've ever been hung up by an FTP
server trying to retrieve a file, or been presented
with a menu of servers without knowing which to
choose, Dipstick will help. It evaluates all the
URLs presented on the FTP choice page and
helps you choose the fastest site to download
- SpeedyNet: By caching all the IP or DNS
addresses you visit, SpeedyNet allows your
Windows PC to first look up an address on your
local system, significantly cutting seek time
when you go to previously visited sites.
- TurboExplorer: Working with Internet Explorer
4.0, this browser accelerator tries to anticipate
hyperlinks and then retrieve the pages before
your browser needs to display them. You can
drop links into the control window so they'll
download in the background while you're surfing.
TurboExplorer will also automatically refresh
Web pages that have changed since you last
- Any Speed: This utility lets you measure your
real transfer speed to optimize your time online.
Any Speed can help you determine the best
times to connect to your ISP for large transfers,
and can resume downloading files automatically
after a line drop.
- NetAccelerator Standard Edition: Grab Web
pages in advance as you search the Internet for
information. NetAccelerator loads graphics and
text while you view other pages. It even keeps
your favorite pages current for you in the
- Any97, PC World Edition: This version of Any97
comes with time-saving components designed
specifically for PC World Online to help you
quickly locate news articles from PC World
Today, software from FileWorld, and details on
products reviewed in PC World magazine.
Commercial components are also available from
Anysoft, Microsoft, Lotus, and Corel for
integrating text, numbers, images, video, and
other kinds of data from widely used software