[memorylane]Back in the days of Dial ip I played with tonnes of programs that claimed to increase download and browsing speeds. TBH I came to one conclusion... They're a waste of time![/memorylane]
What is handy though, is being able to pause and resume downloads. There are tonnes of programs on www.download.com
that'll do that, but I'd suggest getting a copy of Firefox installed, assuming you havent already.