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How do you know a forum page is compressed? View any topic, and check the very bottom -- down there in the fine print. If there is a RED note that says "Page compression is OFF," then you may be able to gain a remarkable boost in speed by changing one option:
For MSIE: Tools Internet Options Advanced Tab.
Scroll down to the HTTP 1.1 Settings section and make sure the option "use HTTP 1.1" is checked!
Then RESTART YOUR BROWSER. (Possibly unnecessary with IE6 SP1a.)
Note:In order to use page compression, you must have "HTTP 1.1" enabled in your advanced settings in IE. By default, this box is checked. However, if you are behind a proxy, you may have to go into advanced settings in IE and enable HTTP 1.1 through proxies. ZoneAlarm and some other firewalls will turn off page compression to facilitate scanning for malicious code.
Now reload one of our pages, and the warning should be gone. Pages are now being delivered COMPRESSED to you, speeding up page loading remarkably, even on DSL or cable the difference is amazing.
If you follow the steps above and still see compression indicating off, look for programs such as Cookie Cop or others that cause use of a proxy. It seems that many of these programs that force your browser to run through a local proxy turn off page compression. ZoneAlarm and Ad/Subtract are others that are frequently mentioned as causing problems.
A note about Add/Subtract Pro: