How to "speed up" dial-up internet
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Use the Stop and Refresh buttons

If you're just reading text on a web page, there's no need to wait for the graphics to load before you open another tab. If the text you want has loaded, click the stop button in the browser, then you're ready to load another page.

If a page seems to be taking an unusually long time to load, click the refresh button in the browser. Hold down the Shift key (on your keyboard), and click refresh (Shift-refresh) for a complete page refresh that clears the cache for that page.

Use Refresh for Page Cannot Be Displayed

Sometimes you'll get the dreaded, “Page cannot be displayed” or “This webpage is not available” or whatever notice your browser gives you that the page will not load. This can happen if you try to load too many web pages at once, but sometimes it happens just because.

So, if you do get this, once everything is settled down a bit, hit the refresh button. Sometimes its necessary to use Shift-refresh.

If you get the "Page cannot be Displayed" message a lot, you should clear your browser's cache. See CCleaner here.

Use extensions

Using browser extensions can help make slow-loading pages load faster. Extensions can be enabled/disabled/uninstalled and some have options that can be managed. See below for links to get to your browser's extension page.

Google Chrome: Click on the wrench at the top right corner of the screen, then Tools, Extensions, then Get more extensions or go here.

Firefox: Tools, Add-ons or go here.

Internet Explorer: Tools, then Manage Add-ons. Make sure Toolbars and Extensions is highlighted in the left column, then click on Find more Toolbars and Extensions… at the bottom of the screen, or go here.

Opera: Go here

Safari: Go here

Recommended Extensions:

Adobe Flash is used in most websites now, which is not good for slow internet connections. Flash loads very slowly, and can even cause a crash. Flashblock is an extension available for most browsers, which will block all flash, but leaves a placeholder in case you want to view the flash content.

Also install the Adblock (or Adblock Plus) AND AdSweep extensions. Between the two of these extensions, most ads are blocked and sites that use huge display ads will load much faster.

Manually update your computer programs

Nowdays, most programs want to update themselves automatically, this is a disaster for dialup users. As soon as you connect to the internet, 2 or 3 programs will check for updates, using all of your meager bandwith. Meanwhile, your webpages will load even slower than normal, or not at all.

After installing any program, look for Tools or Options and find out how to turn off Automatic Updates. I also turn off any Auto-Start options, like "start this program when Windows starts".

Manually update Microsoft Windows

By default, Microsoft Windows is configured to Automatically check for Updates. For dial-up users, it is much better to turn off Automatic Updates and update Microsoft Windows systems monthly, instead of each time you connect to the internet. Click a link below for instructions:

How to turn off Automatic Updates and manually update Windows:

      Windows 7      Windows Vista      Windows XP

Use a Download Manager

There are many free download managers available. A download manager allows downloads to resume if interrupted, like if you get kicked off the internet.

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