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BrowseBlast - Web Accelerator for Microsoft Windows

Links for BrowseBlast:  Browser Settings | Install | Repair or Uninstall |

Links on this page:  Start/Stop | Status | Statistics | Settings: Username/Password/Server | About: Version | Exit |

 

PC requirements:  Pentium 200MHz with 64MB of RAM and at least 5 MB of hard-disk space.

 

BrowseBlast Overview:

As you browse from site to site on the Internet, information is sent from your computer out to the Internet and back.  This information comes to you in the form of pictures (jpegs, gifs, etc.) and text.  BrowseBlast technology compresses that information (makes it smaller) and then sends it to and from your computer.  Smaller pieces of information take less time to travel across the Internet.  This technology allows BrowseBlast to speed your browsing up to 4 - 6 times faster.  It automatically configure Internet Explorer and Netscape.  It will work with any other web browser, but you will need to manually configure the browser yourself.

Compatibility with other software: 

Client for Microsoft Networks must be installed for BrowseBlast to function properly.

BrowseBlast appears to interfere with XP ZoneAlarm, but this hasn't been confirmed.

BrowseBlast will interfere with ProxyWatch and GlobalSafe.  They cannot be used together.

Important Browser Notes: 

Netscape & Mozilla:  If you stop BrowseBlast while running Netscape, you must manually remove the proxy address and port.

Opera:  BrowseBlast does NOT configure the settings automatically in Opera.  You must configure Opera's settings manually yourself.

 

Menu Overview:

BrowseBlast is always located in the 'System Tray' in the bottom right corner of your screen, by the clock.

Clicking on the BrowseBlast icon gives a menu with 6 options, as shown below.

The Settings option is the most important.
    1. Verify your username/password and server settings.
    2. Change the image quality/compression

The Stop/Start option can be used to disable/enable BrowseBlast.

The Status and Statistics let you know if BrowseBlast is functioning.

The About option shows which version of BrowseBlast you have.

The Exit option turns off BrowseBlast completely.

Links to Menu items:  Start/Stop | Status | Statistics | Settings | About | Exit |

 

Start/Stop BrowseBlast:

To stop using BrowseBlast during your current Window's session, click the BrowseBlast icon and select Stop BrowseBlast from the menu.

Note:  This disables BrowseBlast during the current Window's session only.  BrowseBlast will re-enable itself if you reboot your computer or if you enable it again.  If BrowseBlast is disabled, you will see Start BrowseBlast instead of Stop BrowseBlast.

Note:  if you stop BrowseBlast while running Netscape, you must manually remove the proxy address and port.  See the tutorial for Netscape by clicking on one of the links at the top of this page.

To view a tutorial on how to uninstall BrowseBlast, click here.

 

Status:  See if BrowseBlast is "Enabled" and "Accelerating":

To see whether BrowseBlast is enabled or not, click the BrowseBlast icon and select BrowseBlast Status.

 

The BrowseBlast Status screen appears:

As you can see, BrowseBlast is currently enabled.

Click OK to close the screen.

 

Statistics:  See how well BrowseBlast is "Accelerating":

To view how well BrowseBlast is transferring information, click on the BrowseBlast icon and select Statistics from the menu.

 

The Statistics window shows the Original Data, the Actual Data, and the Savings Ratio.

    Original Data  =  how big the original file is.

    Actual Data  =  the to which BrowseBlast compressed it.

    Savings Ratio  =  the percentage of savings.

The screen on the right shows the Details button expanded.

To reset the pages to zero, click Reset.

Click OK to close the screen.

 

Settings:  Configuring & Editing BrowseBlast:

BrowseBlast Settings Tabs: Image Quality | Connection | Auto Update | Proxy Exclusion |

After installing BrowseBlast you may want to adjust some settings to suit your tastes.

To do this, you will find the BrowseBlast icon in the bottom, right-hand corner of your desktop.

Click on the icon and select Settings from the menu.

 

The Settings screen appears:

Note the four tabs:  Image Quality | Connection | Auto Update | Proxy Exclusion |

 

Image Quality Tab:

The two types of images that BrowseBlast compresses are JPEGs and GIFs.  These are the two most common types of images used on the Web.

BrowseBlast will accelerate the transfer of filesFor faster browsing you can lower the quality of the images.

Set the slide bar to your desired setting.

 

Connection Tab:

You can change logon username and password here.

Important:  the username must have the domain tail at the end to authenticate.

Important:  passwords are case-sensitive.

Click the Advanced button.

The Connection window appears:

Remote Server Hostname  =  this should read either west.browseblast.com
                                                                    -or- east.browseblast.com
                                                                   -or- north.browseblast.com

Server Port  =  this is BrowseBlast's server port.  It should read 7000.

Local Listening Port  =  this is the port on your computer.  It should read 5500.

Click OK.

 

AutoUpdate Tab:

Click the AutoUpdate tab.  The following window appears:

From time to time BrowseBlast must be updated.  It will do this automatically; however, you do have a choice as to which updates you'd like.

 

Proxy Exclusion Tab:

If you access local sites, they may download faster without the use of BrowseBlast.  You can always test it to verify.

    If you do not access any local sites, mark the circle Do not use a proxy exclusion list.

    If you do access local sites, you have two other options:

Use browser's proxy exclusion settings - with this option you can stipulate the exceptions within the browser itself (Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc.  Click here for the Browser page).  Click here to view a tutorial on setting up an exclusion list in the browser.

Specify a proxy exclusion list - with this option selected, you can stipulate exceptions here in this window.  To do this, enter the address(es) in the box, separating them with semicolons
    (i.e., www.yahoo.com; www.google.com).

Click OK when finished.

 

About:  Find which version of BrowseBlast you have:

To find out what version of BrowseBlast you have, click the BrowseBlast icon and select About from the menu.

 

The About screen appears.

In this screen you will see what version of BrowseBlast you have installed and how up-to-date it is.

Click OK to close the window.

 

Exit BrowseBlast:

If you'd like to turn of BrowseBlast for the current Window's session, click on the BrowseBlast icon and select Exit from the menu.

Note:  This disables BrowseBlast during the current Window's session only.  BrowseBlast will re-enable itself if you reboot your computer or if you enable it again.  If BrowseBlast is disabled, you will see Start BrowseBlast instead of Stop BrowseBlast.

Note:  if you stop BrowseBlast while running Netscape, you must manually remove the proxy address and port.  See the tutorial for Netscape by clicking on one of the links at the top of this page.

To view a tutorial on how to uninstall BrowseBlast, click here.

 

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