P2P boost

Put the pedal to the metal with this download accelerator.

Recent versions of Windows have greatly improved a download experience that once left much to be desired. However, many of the third-party apps that came about to address deficiencies in Windows are still around in the form of specialized, often free utilities that promise to improve on the specific functionality of certain features. One of these is Goforsharing's Xcelerator 1.3, a free download accelerator patch that offers enhanced downloading algorithms and architecture that improves upon Windows' built-in capabilities. It's based upon peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing network technology. To use Xcelerator, you need a P2P client such as BitTorrent or LimeWire.

Xcelerator's colorfully skinned interface is more typical of a media player than a Windows utility, with controls to select which P2P client to run or quit the program, and displays of network statistics and performance. Right-clicking the program's System Tray icon calls up a menu with a link to a Web-based Help file and other information, such as how to use P2P clients and networks and how to share and download files safely. It also has a lot of automatic features, such as resuming interrupted downloads and automatic checksum checks that help prevent corrupted downloads. You can also set Xcelerator to resume downloads on start-up. It quickly downloaded test files.

Xcelerator 1.3 is freeware that works with all versions of Windows, from 95 to 7. It installs a desktop icon without asking and leaves items behind in the Start menu, which can be annoying but isn't too difficult to fix.

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