|"If you would like some info about how to make the internet better on a slower computer..."|
"Love to know how"
See Response 8, scroll down, starting at
"Note that the version of Internet Explorer that Win 98 and 98SE comes with (4.x and 5.x respectively) no longer works on the internet properly."
See Response 9
In particular, I find using FlashSwitch with IE 6 SP2 useful, and using Netscape 9 and those two plug ins to be a lot better than using IE 6 SP2.
(Have Flashswitch on when using Netscape 9)
You must still load IE SP2 because it includes a lot of other files other than the ones for the IE browser that are used by other programs including Netscape, and at least some of them help improve performance on the internet in comparison to similar for IE 6. .
Get TCPOptimizer here:
Window's default TCP setting are not ideal. They directly affect how well your internet connection works.
If you run this program, you can choose to load Optimal settings for your network adapter, and that will result in your max speed on the internet being better.
It only needs to be run once. The changes it makes will be retained, until you have reloaded Windows from scratch.
Copy it to it's own folder. It makes backup files automatically so that you can set the TCP settings back to the way they were before if you want to, and if TCPOtimizer is in it's own folder, the backups will be right there where they are obvious.
There are many places on the web where you can test your internet speed, to compare the speed you get before and after you change TCP settings.
The max speed varies depending on what it is in between you and the server the test is on, and how busy the server is at the time, but if you use the same test on the same server, within a short time, you get a direct indication of the difference.
E.g. in my case, I go here:
However, you should do something else between the tests for a short time, because otherwise the download on the computer that the test loaded may still be in memory, and in that case you can get a false higher reading for a second test using the same test settings, even with the same TCP settings.
If you're using a DSL or ADSL connection, there is info I could refer you to .
Having a minimum number of programs running in msconfig - Startup helps.
See Response 4 in this:
I haven't used any anti-malware program in 98SE for about 2 years, I have no third party firewall, but I do connect to the internet through a router, which has a "hardware" firewall set to default settings (all routers have that) . I haven't had any problem with malware in that time. The few things that do load in the internet browser do not "stick" - all I have to do is close the browser, or shut down the computer - the crap is not there in the browser or in Windows otherwise after I reboot.
I do have a Spam filter enabled for my ISP's mail server on the web, and I don't open any email attachments that get past that, that look suspicious, in email from someone I don't know.