Google Web Accelerator is an application that uses the power of Google’s global computer network to make web pages load faster. Google Web Accelerator is easy to use; all you have to do is download and install it, and from then on many web pages will automatically load faster than before.

Dial-up users may not see much improvement, as Google Web Accelerator is currently optimized to speed up web page loading for broadband connections.

Google Web Accelerator uses various strategies to make your web pages load faster, including:

# Sending your page requests through Google machines dedicated to handling Google Web Accelerator traffic.

# Storing copies of frequently looked at pages to make them quickly accessible.

# Downloading only the updates if a web page has changed slightly since you last viewed it.

# Prefetching certain pages onto your computer in advance.

# Managing your Internet connection to reduce delays.

# Compressing data before sending it to your computer.

For security reasons, Google Web Accelerator won’t speed up pages encrypted with the HTTPS: protocol (such as bank records pages). Also, Google Web Accelerator only speeds up web pages, not large data downloads such as MP3 and streaming video files.