beware of speed optimizers

WHAT ABOUT WEB sites and software that promise to turbo-charge board-band? Justin Beech, owner of the popular site, is skeptical. “Sites claiming to improve connection speeds are largely snake oil, or at least they overstate the marginal benefit. Your maximum speed available is determined by your ISP. Without illegally hacking your cable modem, that is the end of the story.”

As an informal reality check, PC World India Team ran the optimization tool in Unisoft’s $300 (Rs. 1200) SpeedUpMyPC 3 program, which promises to “boost your bandwidth” and performed a Web-based bandwidth speed test.

The verdict: no connection speed is increase.


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