Google Web Accelerator
Bigger, better, faster, more! Even in these days of gigahertz processors and broadband connections, users are naturally trying to exploit their power for the fastest access to information possible. Leverage the power of the Internet's premiere search engine by caching its contents and feeding that cached info directly to users, thus streamlining data delivery and bypassing any Internet traffic jams along the way. The software also pre-fetches pages to store locally on your hard drive (these are kept separately from your browser cache). Web Accelerator also compresses some data to add a further speed boost.
Google Web Accelerator requires Windows XP or Windows 2000 with service pack 3, and the Internet Explorer 5.5 or Firefox 1.0 browser. (You can, however, manually configure the software to work with other browsers.) Google doesn't recommend Web Accelerator for dial-up connections -- it's specifically geared towards broadband DSL and cable users.
If you fit the profile and install Google Web Accelerator, you'll find it has a simple interface. The application loads a small icon in the upper right hand of your browser window that displays how much time you've saved. By clicking on the icon, you can turn off Google acceleration on specific Web sites (or fully disable the software). Other preferences are accessed through Google's Web-based interface. Overall, Google Web Accelerator delivers on its promise of faster web browsing speeds. How much of a difference this will make to you is another matter, but the clean interface and easy uninstall make it at least worth a test on your own PC.