In order to tweak the effectiveness of the accelerator, you may access its settings by right clicking on the QSpeed Accel icon in your system tray (near the clock) and selecting Settings from the menu that appears. The most effective setting can be adjusted is the Image Quality. The higher the image quality, the longer it will take to load images due to their size. QSpeed Accel allows you to tell the system that lower quality images will be accepted to speed up page loading. This will not affect the look of most sites. However, if there are sites that you wish to view completely unaltered, you may add them to the Proxy Exclusion list. This list can be found on the Features tab, at the bottom. Of course, any page in this list will not be accelerated.
If you are curious about how much QSpeed Accel is speeding up your connection, you may view the statistics by right clicking the QSpeed Accel icon in the system tray, then selecting Statistics from the menu. This will show you the size of the pages you've accessed as well as the savings ratio, or, in essence, how much QSpeed Accel has shrunk the pages.
How Does It Work?
QSpeed Accel uses a couple of different methods to speed up your web connection. First, it maintains a local cache of images and other objects that you frequently access. When your browser requests these objects, the accelerator notices that it has stored them locally, and returns the copy you already have, eliminating the need to download the object again.
In addition, when an outgoing web request is sent, QSpeed Accel intercepts it and sends it to our acceleration servers. These servers download the page at high speed, compress it to a smaller size (and thus a faster download), and adjust the images according to your preferences. Next, our acceleration servers send the compressed page to the QSpeed Accel client located on your computer, and then the client uncompresses the page and forwards it to your browser.