Best Free Internet Accelerator

 

Unlike most other accelerators which provide caching on your own PC, Google Web Accelerator (GWA) uses  caching on Google's own dedicated web servers to accelerate browsing.

It also uses a number of other techniques to speed things up, including compression of html pages and the use of pre-fetching links. GWA automatically installs into Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers, and can be manually configured to work with other browsers.

To protect user privacy, the accelerator does not function while you are connected to secure sites, such as internet banking. Does it work? You bet! Most users, myself included, report improvements of 10-40% in browsing speeds.

There are, however, some caveats:

  • It's only available for Windows XP, Windows 2000 SP3+, and Vista.
  • The product is optimized for broadband use, so modem users may experience little or no gain.
  • The system currently works best within the USA and Europe, and users located in other areas will only see a small benefit.
  • There are some potential privacy issues involved, so all users should closely read what Google has documented on the subject. Personally, I don't have a problem with the privacy issues, but your mileage may vary.

Those reservations aside, this is a terrific product. It provides, at no cost, most of the benefits of expensive commercial web acceleration services like Propel. Download it and see if it speeds up your browsing; if it doesn't, it's perfectly easy to uninstall.

NB: Some Vista users have reported problems with this program (ie. that it simply doesn't work, or that it blocks access). The root causes remain very unclear. It may be a "64-bit problem", or an "SP1 problem", or it may affect only those PCs which are connected to external or internal "private" networks. Because I'm not aware of any uninstallation difficulty, my advice remains the same: you have nothing to loose by trying it.

Product Specifications:

Google Web Accelerator

Website:  [No longer supported by Google]
Download page:  http://www.filehippo.com/download_google_web_accelerator/tech/
Alternative download link: No
Author:  Google Lab.
Current version:  0.2.70
Version date: February 15, 2007
License: Freeware
Download file size: 1.55 MB
Operating systems supported: XP, 2000 SP3+, Vista
Additional software required: IE 5.5+, or Firefox 1.0+
64 Bit version available: No
Portable version available: No
Non-English languages supported: Unknown

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by gizmo_user on 5. May 2013 - 9:29  (107471)

How About hola! ?
http://hola.org/

by Steven M (not verified) on 30. October 2012 - 8:20  (101590)

Internet Accelerator 2 from Pointstone Software is free and works really well:
http://www.pointstone.com/products/InternetAccelerator/

by David Njue (not verified) on 6. August 2012 - 19:38  (97311)

I tried Google web accelerator but it never worked.I then turned to Tcp optimizer,still it failed.What do i then use?

by MidnightCowboy on 7. August 2012 - 4:21  (97323)

Maybe your issue is beyond the scope of these programs to remedy. This category currently has no editor so if you require assistance please post your issue together with full system and connection details here in our forum.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

by James the confused (not verified) on 12. November 2010 - 23:21  (61112)

Does anyone know of a free dail up web accelerator that works with win7

by Chuck Beavers (not verified) on 14. October 2012 - 16:34  (100761)

It's up to you to, but I've found a multitude of tweaks that really speed up your connection. Try this...look up or research on the net a site called Tweakhound or Black Viper they'll point you in the right direction. Number one rule with tweaking is an original sound 'Restore Point'. I can't stress this enough, I might add it's the only way you can be sure you can get settings you started with... back!. Number two rule and as important as number one...always write down what you tweak either in the registry or cmd or anywhere infact so over your journey you'll know exactly what you did to that lovely piece of technology. Good Luck and may you find the speed your looking for.

by Augustus (not verified) on 5. October 2011 - 11:15  (80916)

Being travelling in Eastern Europe a lot, I use
www.slimbrowse.com
to allow fast internet access, to browse and mail.
Saves some money, too, because of much less traffic.

by Rigsby on 8. July 2010 - 12:01  (53932)

Be VERY CAREFUL with this. On Google's website it's "no longer available for download". It is available via the 'File Hippo' link but it caused me major grief with Firefox. Screwed up the menu bar/s completely & had a big job getting back to where I was. (A 'system restore' didnt help either). So be VERY AWARE and I would say AVOID. (I'm Windows XP SP3 by the way).

by Anonymous Guest (not verified) on 5. October 2011 - 15:34  (80938)

Right. It's been discontinued. This article is out of date.

by BrianC (not verified) on 20. May 2011 - 0:34  (72372)

Thanks Rigsby - I was just in the process of downloading it when I saw your message. I have only just got Firefox to exactly where I want it so you have saved me a lot of grief.

by Maggy (not verified) on 8. July 2010 - 8:49  (53930)

fasTun is another free proxy that does this job.

by Anonymous on 21. June 2010 - 8:10  (52578)

Well ashampoo didn't seem to do anything but the TCP seems to have made mild speed increases

by MidnightCowboy on 21. June 2010 - 8:49  (52583)

Glad you've found something which works for you. Please let us know if you find anything else of value in this category and we'll consider adding it to the review.

by Anonymous on 23. March 2010 - 15:29  (46058)

Hi fellow gizmo heads, since this is the only web accelerator recommendation, but the comments cast doubt that it is still functional, can we get other options and/or an update of this page. Thanks. And again for all your good work.

by Anonymous on 18. June 2010 - 21:47  (52431)

Do not install this software. It will mess with your network drivers and it doesn't even work anyways. This page needs to be deleted because this program is defunct.

Anonymous1

by Anonymous on 18. June 2010 - 17:29  (52421)

To be safe, clean and scan your pc after uninstalling this program.
Also I had to uninstall then reinstall yahoo toolbar for firefox

Anonymous1

by Anonymous on 18. June 2010 - 17:06  (52419)

It will install but it won't connect to the Google Web Accelerator server. I got this quote from an "expert" on another web site

"If you are using dialup, reinstall it. If you have DSL or cable, remove it, it only makes minimal difference".

Anonymous1

by Anonymous on 18. June 2010 - 16:49  (52417)

At the end of installation I get a message saying 'we're sorry, google web accelerator is no longer available for download' -Or something like that. Now I have to cleanup my PC from the stuff it left on it. Wait... I think it still installed...

Anonymous1

by Anonymous on 7. March 2010 - 17:49  (45165)

thank u

by Anonymous on 13. January 2010 - 4:26  (40931)

dont try propel. have no support at all

by Anonymous on 1. December 2009 - 18:24  (37628)

Google internet accelerator not available any more.
DEC 1 2009

by MidnightCowboy on 1. December 2009 - 18:57  (37633)

The download is still available for the Filehippo link above and also Softpedia.

by Anonymous on 24. December 2009 - 7:00  (39328)

But the service itself doesn't work. You can't connect to Google's servers.

by Anonymous on 27. August 2009 - 4:12  (31620)

This is an indirect comment.

I am looking for a program that helps me manage and monitor my internet connection better than the tools in Windows.

When I start my PC I want it to automatically connect me and deal with any initial connection problems I might have such as partial connection problems when a disconnection and reconnection is needed.

If my ISP disconnects me I want it to reconnect after a set delay. If the the connection attempt failed I want a reconnect attempt after a set time period.

I want to know all the programs that are uploading or downloading with a history log.

I want statistics to help me assess the quality of my ISP.

I have been searching for such an application for some time but nothing does it all.

Can you give me names of applications that do these things? Thanks in advance.

by MidnightCowboy on 27. August 2009 - 10:32  (31641)

As this page is not visited that often you would get a more comprehensive response if you post in the forum.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/internet-webware-and-netw...

by Anonymous on 7. August 2009 - 19:00  (26593)

Is there ANYTHING to accelerate RURAL MISSOURI with their very very s..l..o..w dial up,through 'barely buried' telephone lines??? (And YES, we finally got electricity...but still have lagoons...SERIOUSLY!!)

by Anonymouss (not verified) on 10. February 2011 - 23:18  (66154)

wow! you're still having dial up in missouri? isn't it in the states? when i see how the asian countries are improving their internet services and speed i cannot believe it while usa still behind those countries maybe decades...

by Anonymous on 7. December 2009 - 6:45  (37999)

Use Opera Turbo browser.

by Anonymous on 1. July 2009 - 0:12  (24530)

I have been using TweakNow PowerPack 2009. And its good.

by littlefuzzy on 7. June 2009 - 22:37  (23282)

There's always fasterfox and fasterfox lite for firefox.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search?q=fasterfox&cat=all

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