Socket’s Accelerator is the perfect solution for those people who live too far away to receive High-Speed DSL or for those who want a more affordable option than a 768Kbps high-speed Internet connection.

The Accelerator is an innovative program our friendly tech support helps you to download to your computer from our web site. It works with your Socket dial-up connection, allowing you to surf the Web up to 5 times faster.

Socket's Web Accelerator is included with our Premium Dial-Up package, along with a free spam filter, a pop up blocker, 5 e-mail addresses, and much more!

Not sure if the Accelerator is right for you yet? That’s ok, try it out FREE for two weeks and experience the difference for yourself or read the following frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How does the Accelerator work?
What kind of acceleration can I expect?
What will be Accelerated?
What will not be Accelerated?
Will the Accelerator work on my computer?
How do I download the Accelerator to my computer?

How does the Accelerator work?

Compression: The acceleration service delivers text and graphics more efficiently, using compression that encodes web-pages.

Caching: Accelerator intelligently retains and re-uses web pages and page elements that have previously been sent to the PC.

Optimize TCP/IP Connections: The acceleration service uses proprietary techniques to optimize the communication between accelerator and the network.

Content Filtering: Accelerator lets you block unsolicited content, such as pop-up ads and in-page ads, which can contribute to long wait times.

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What kind of acceleration can I expect?

  • Web pages load up to two times faster on first visits.
  • Web pages load three to five times faster on subsequent visits.
  • 90% of Web pages load in under seven seconds! Compared to 30% of Web pages without the Socket Accelerator.
  • Web pages that previously took almost 30 seconds to load, can now be viewed in less than seven seconds, on average, and sometimes even faster.


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    What will be Accelerated?

  • All text – HTML, markup, and javascript
  • Most Graphics & Photos – including jpeg and gif images
  • Most banner ads – including animated gif images and Macromedia Flash content
  • All browser-based e-mails
  • All emails that contain images – even when read in a dedicated e-mail program
  • MP3 files, executables & other files – when downloaded from within your web browser (depending on the quality of your connection).


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    What will not be Accelerated?

    Most Web content will be accelerated, but there are certain exceptions:

  • Streaming media, and audio and video files
  • Secure pages, such as those used for online banking and credit card forms and pages accessed over VPN
  • Files downloaded outside your browser using FTP


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    Will the Accelerator work on my computer?

    Operating Systems: Available for Microsoft Windows 98 & above or Macintosh 10.2.

    Connections: Will work with any low-speed Internet connection under 200Kbps, including dial-up and ISDN.

    Utilities: Compatible with other ad blockers, pop-up stoppers, personal firewalls, and other utilities.

    Browsers Supported: Internet Explorer 5.0 or later, Netscape 4.7 or later, Opera and Mozilla.

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    How do I download the Accelerator?

    Downloading the Accelerator is easy. Click on one of the Download Accelerator links below based on your computer type (Windows or Macintosh), follow the simple prompts and it installs itself within minutes.

    Download Windows Accelerator
    Download Macintosh Accelerator

    Click here to view easy-to-follow instructions to the Acclerator's download and installation steps.

    ACTIVATION! Your Socket account is not ready to recieve the Web accelerator by only downloading the Accelerator program. You must also be "activated" by Socket.

    Current customers: To activate the Accelerator, simply use your username and password for a 14-day Risk-Free Trial period by clicking the link below.

    Activate My Accelerator Program!

    New Customers: Call Socket's friendly sales department at 1-800-SOCKET-3 to get signed up with our Accelerated Dial-Up.

    Download Details
    Available Disk Space needed: 25 MB
    Total System memory (RAM): 32 MB
    File size: 1.7 MB
    Approximate download and set up time: 5 to 10 minutes

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