Your Internet Speed Connection is not Optimized!

So here I am, surfing the net and minding my own business when suddenly a dialogue box pops up. It informs me that my “Internet Speed Connection is not Optimized!” and gives me a box to click on. Like a petulant child it will not go away until I answer it. Some give me an “x” button on them so I can close them out and continue on my merry way. Others will do nothing until I give them the answer they prefer: Click here.


  1. Is this COMPLETELY bogus? If I do decide to click on the “Optimize Connection” button, will I notice ANY appreciable difference in my internet connection? Or is this just a ruse to get me to visit their website?

  2. Is there a way to disarm the little buggers that don’t have a close button on them without going to their website?

  3. If I do what they demand, and “optimize my internet connection” will these dialogue boxes go away?

Yes, it is completely bogus. It is not a dialog, it is a banner advertisement. I see it in its horrid windows dialog glory even on my Mac. Ah, that’s what I love about the Mac most, these sorts of stupid winddoze stunts are glaringly obvious, and always fail for Mac users.
This is the sort of stupid advertising stunt that really pisses me off. It is a trick to fool people into clicking on your ad by disguising the ad as a popup dialog box, hoping people will click on it. Advertisers pull this crap because nobody will “clickthrough” and when people see this sort of stunt, they are even more reluctant to clickthrough on ANY ad. Its a vicious circle. Screw em, I say. I have a huge list of advertising sites blocked at my firewall, nowadays I mostly see broken icons where the ads used to be.
If you click on the ad, anywhere on the ad, even outside the little buttons, you will be taken to another site that will attempt to sell you some stupid software of dubious value. There are ways to “optimize” your internet connection for free with a little preferences editing, but the effect is marginal, maybe 1 or 2% at best, maybe slower in some cases. If you want details, I know a site that will walk you through it for free, but I’m on my laptop now and the URL is on my other computer.

Yes, those ads are bogus, but about optimizing your internet connection: It really depends. Optimizing your modem connection may net you a whopping .2K/sec increase in speed. However, optimizing my ADSL connection bumped me from a max download speed of 40KB/sec (per file…I could get my full bandwidth on multiple downloads), to a max download speed of 140KB/sec. That’s a big improvement! Of course, it had nothing to do with the stupid banner ad product…I went to a DSL site and tweaked it from their stuff.


This particular ad frightens my mom, too. I had an awful time convincing her that she could just close the box and nothing bad will happen.


A similar ad is showing up on web sites saying that you have 2 new messages. I don’t know what it is specifically for, but I do know it’s an ad. My wife saw it and didn’t click on it, but informed me I have 2 new messages. When I told her it was just a banner ad, she just about freaked out. She thought it was very sneaky and got real upset. I told her the same thing happened on the internet optimization ad as well.

They are quite deceptive.

I’ve seen one (so far, it’s only turned up on a hip hop board I lurk at sometimes) from Sprint, disguised as a notice that you have incoming phone calls that you’re missing because you’re on line-- and, of course, with this new Sprint service, you’d be saved! It really did throw me for a couple of seconds, because it pops up so randomly, and I’m on line so much at home it’s a given that I’m missing calls.

I’ve seen the optimize connection box too, and it’s another one that had me for about a second. What ulimately gives it away, and what you can use (DDG and others) to reassure anyone who thinks it’s real, is that if you let your cursor hover over it, the mouse-over (is that the right term?) that pops up will tell you that clicking will take you to a web site. Exactly like it will take you to a web site for the more obvious ads.

Boy, do I hate those kind of ads.

Another example of this misleading advertising practice:

When logging out of Hotmail (or maybe it’s right after I send an email?), it says “1 person wants to talk to you. Download MSN Messenger now!” Damn it, nobody wants to talk to me! I know this!

As far as speeding up your Internet connection goes, I recommend . There you can find the abforementioned registry tweaks for DSL and cable and zillions of other ways to make your computer faster. Or you could just go straight to this pagefor the registry patches.

Get ready for the next trick: I’ve been caught by a page that, without my knowledge or permission, changed my Internet Start Page to their site. A lot of users don’t know how to fix that, so I suspect it’s going to be a favorite trick of sleezy marketeers.

I never understood the point in tricking customers. You’re just going to piss a lot of them off – which isn’t exactly good business.

My all-time “favorite” is when a site creates self-minimizing pop-up banner ads to drum up banner traffic. I just love it when I shut down an internet session and find 18 instances of IE running in the background…

There are a few ad blocking programs out there that you can download for free - run a search on google.

And you can always turn off images while you’re browsing if you really don’t want to see any ads.

One ad ad blocking program that I particularily like is WebWasher.

It’s easy to set up and very effective at blocking ads. I’ve used it for over a year and couldn’t be happier.

  • One note, however, if you do download the program and then visit the boards, disable WebWasher- It treats posts like ads.

WOW!!! I downloaded the patch for my system and went from around 100KBS to over 500! All I can say is this works for ME!

This is how I have told people with whom I work (and should already know better) to deal with these dirty tricks: Right click on the thing that looks like a windows dialog box. If it really is your OS with an important message for you, a right click will result in nothing happening even if you hit the “OK” button. If it is an internet link, right clicking will cause a drop-down box to appear asking you what you want to do (open link in new window, etc.) with the link. Ignore it, would be my suggestion.

I should mention that after I made that post I checked to see if WebWasher had an update available. They did.

Too frigin’ cool.

On top of blocking ads and other crap that bothers me to no end, the newest version has a feature that disables web sites from being able to alter the window size of the browser.

Now it’s one nice size no matter which porn site I visit.

All this and it’s free!

If banners like that are confusing or misleading you, one option is to not see them. You can edit the file c:\windows\hosts to include domains whose pages/files you don’t wish to see. I’m quite happy to have found this site, where a nice gentleman made available his lengthy hosts file, which does a great job blocking… probably about 75% of the banner ads I’d otherwise see. Unfortunately, you see a “this page cannot be displayed” message (in IE, anyway; I don’t recall what the message is in Netscape) in place of the banner.

Hey, neutron star, just wanted to say thanks for posting that link. I applied the patches, and my connection is now at least 5 times faster than it was. Splendid.

CtrL + W should close 'em.