Support Answers

  • How does the TurboUSA Web Accelerator work?

    TurboUSA accelerates you Internet access through proprietary text and image compression, content caching and other network optimizations.

  • Will I benefit from using the TurboUSA Web Accelerator?

    If you have a slow Internet connection (such as a dial-up or wireless connection) with bandwidth of less than 300Kbps, you will experience a significant degree of acceleration using TurboUSA.

  • What types of content does the TurboUSA Web Accelerator speed up?

    The TurboUSA Web Accelerator significantly speeds up web page access. To achieve this speed up, proprietary lossless compression is applied to text, html, xml, JavaScript, and style sheets. Proprietary image compression is applied to gif images, jpeg images, and Flash content. TurboUSA does NOT speed up file downloads (over FTP or file sharing applications), streaming audio/video or secure web websites (HTTPS).

  • Where can I download the TurboUSA Web Accelerator?

    Once you have a TurboUSA Internet Account, you may download the Accelerator by visiting our download page.

  • How do I start the TurboUSA Web Accelerator?

    The TurboUSA Web Accelerator is launched automatically every time Windows starts. You do not have to launch it manually. A TurboUSA Web Accelerator icon appears in the Windows system tray to show that it is operating in the background.

  • How do I change the image quality for a particular image?

    Right-clicking on an image within Internet Explorer and selecting "Show Original Image" allows you to view the original image. Selecting "Show All Original Images" allows you to view all original images on the entire web page.

  • How do I change the image quality setting for all images?

    Right-click on the TurboUSA Web Accelerator taskbar icon and select "Settings". Select the "Image Quality" tab. Adjust the slider bar to the desired image quality setting. Press OK to save the changes.

  • How do I use Internet Explorer with the TurboUSA Web Accelerator?

    Internet Explorer is automatically configured to use the TurboUSA Web Accelerator. Use Internet Explorer as you normally would.

  • How do I use other browsers with the TurboUSA Web Accelerator?

    Netscape Navigator is automatically configured to use the TurboUSA Web Accelerator. Use Netscape as you normally would. For other browsers, such as Opera and Mozilla, the TurboUSA Web Accelerator works with any web browser that allows you to specify an HTTP proxy. You must set the HTTP proxy host to be "" and the port number to be the local listening port of the TurboUSA Client (5400 by default). Consult your browser's documentation for information on how this can be done.

  • Does the TurboUSA Web Accelerator speed up email access?

    Yes, TurboUSA automatically accelerates your email traffic (POP3 and SMTP) for all popular email clients such as Eudora, Outlook, Outlook Express and Netscape Mail. Other email clients should work transparently as well.

  • Where do I go if I have problems with the TurboUSA Web Accelerator?

    Visit for help.

  • Does the TurboUSA Web Accelerator speed up my secure (HTTPS) transactions such as web banking?

    The TurboUSA Web Accelerator does not accelerate secure transactions. Secure web sites will continue to work by bypassing the acceleration component. If you have a Secure application that you would like accelerated, inquire about the TurboUSA Secure product.

  • What operating systems can the TurboUSA Web Accelerator be installed on?

    The TurboUSA Web Accelerator can be installed on any of the following operating systems:

    Windows 95b w/ Winsock2
    Windows 98
    Windows 98SE
    Windows Millennium Edition (Windows ME)
    Windows NT 4.0
    Windows 2000
    Windows XP
    Windows Vista

    The TurboUSA Web Accelerator requires at least Internet Explorer 4.0 and Netscape 4.0 or any later version of either browser. Note that the TurboUSA Email Acceleration component requires Windows 98 and above, and that the TurboUSA Pop-up Blocker component requires Internet Explorer 5.0 and above.

    Newer versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer are available free of charge through Microsoft.

    For Windows 95 users: Currently, Microsoft does not permit Windows 95 users to install Internet Explorer 6 or greater, however, Internet Explorer 5.5 is available.

  • What are the system requirements for the TurboUSA Web Accelerator?

    The recommended system requirements for the TurboUSA Web Accelerator are a Pentium 200MHz with 64MB of RAM and at least 5MB of hard-disk space. Regardless, the TurboUSA Web Accelerator will work within your current system configuration to provide you with the best content acceleration.

  • How can I contact TurboUSA?

    Just dial 1-800-918-8726

  • How do I sign up?

    Click here and sign up online. You may sign up online using American Express, Discover, Visa or MasterCard. If you prefer a personal touch, feel free to call us at 1-800-91-TURBO 1-800-918-8726.

  • How do I cancel my current ISP?

    Here's a list of phone numbers (and other information) for the major Internet Service Providers to let you cancel your old account:

    America Online (AOL)
    AOL lets its members cancel by phone, fax or mail.
    Phone: 1-888-265-8008
    Fax: 1-801-622-7969 (include your full name, phone number, address and either your screen name or the last four digits of the credit card you billed the account to)
    Mail: America Online, P.O. Box 1600, Ogden, UT 84401 (send the same information required for a fax) For additional information, go to Keyword: Cancel.

    CompuServe Phone only 1-800-848-8990

    Earthlink Phone only 1-800-890-6356

    Microsoft Network(MSN) Phone only 1-800-386-5550

    Prodigy Phone only 1-800-213-0992

    WorldNet (AT&T) Phone only 1-888-613-3064

    If your provider isn't listed here, please contact its customer service department.

  • Are there any setup fees?

    There are no additional setup fees when you sign up with TurboUSA.

  • What if I need help?

    TurboUSA offers live tech support to all of our customers. Please visit our web site to find easy answers to your questions, email us at or call us at 1-800-91-TURBO (1-800-918-8726) for live personal tech support help.

    TurboUSA offers free live telephone technical support for all of its active customers. Additionally, TurboUSA offers free web based and email technical support at Our support center is locally operated, so you'll always find a friendly voice for any questions or assistance!

    User should be at computer when calling and be prepared to provide User ID, the version of TurboUSA software, the computer's operating system version (such as Windows XP Home edition), and any error messages received. If possible, User should call from a phone line that is not connected to the computer. To ensure quick and accurate resolution, User may be asked to connect and verify if the issue is resolved prior to the end of the call.

  • How do I get email through TurboUSA?

    Once you sign up with TurboUSA, you get one "" email address. Using Outlook Express or Netscape, simply enter your incoming and outgoing mail servers as and ensure that you have “My Server Requires Authentication” checked. Both your user name and email address must include Additional free email addresses are available on the Internet at such sites as or Hotmail.

  • Is TurboUSA's access considered "unlimited"?

    Yes, TurboUSA allows for unlimited residential usage. Accounts with excessive or "dedicated" usage activity patterns as described in our Terms of Service agreement are prohibited. Sign up today, we guarantee you'll have a better Internet experience with TurboUSA!

  • How will I be billed?

    For your convenience, TurboUSA will bill your credit card automatically on the anniversary date (monthly) of when you signed up.

  • What if I don't use the Internet for a month? Do I still have to pay?

    Yes, Internet access is viewed as a utility just like cable television. We are providing the capability to get to the Internet, whether or not you turn on your computer.

  • When does billing begin on my account?

    Billing for Internet access accounts begins when the account is set up.

  • Can I pay by check or money order?

    TurboUSA is only available for use with a credit card, which is billed each month on the anniversary date of the account.

  • How long will the signup process take?

    Sign Up Online! Fill out the simple one-page sign up, download the configurator and accelerator software and you should be on the Internet in less than 15 minutes.

  • What if I need to cancel?

    TurboUSA offers a risk free 30-day money back guarantee. If for any reason you need to cancel, within your first 30 days, just call us at 1-800-91-TURBO (1-800-918-8726). Let us know why you are canceling and you will get a full refund. If our service doesn't work out for you we want you to go away saying nice things about us, so we just give a refund.

    For all cancellations, we require that you call us at 1-800-91-TURBO (1-800-918-8726) to receive a cancellation number. Do not consider your service properly cancelled until you receive a valid cancellation number. Cancellations received by any other means cannot be processed. After your initial 30 days, refunds will not be issued for monthly accounts.

  • Does TurboUSA offer newsgroups (Usenet)?

    You have access to thousands of news groups through TurboUSA. Simply set your News Server as and use your full email address ( as your username and type your password in the password field.

  • How do I know if TurboUSA has a local access number in my area?

    With thousands of local access numbers and more being added monthly, chances are you can get TurboUSA. Please visit our site to find the number in your area. We are continually upgrading our service to add new numbers. If we aren’t in your area yet, we hope to be soon! TurboUSA cannot represent or guarantee that any dial-up port is local to you. If any doubt exists, please contact you local telephone company.

  • Can I travel with my TurboUSA account?

    Included in your service is access to thousands of local access numbers throughout the continental United States. Please visit our site to find the number in the area in which you are traveling. TurboUSA cannot represent or guarantee that any dial-up port is local to you. If any doubt exists, please contact your local telephone company.

  • What operating systems does TurboUSA support?

    TurboUSA is compatible with all mainstream operating systems. We recommend and can offer tech support on Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000/NT, XP, Vista and Apple Mac OS 8 or greater. TurboUSA is also a good inexpensive option for AOL bring-your-own-access and Web TV.

  • I have an older computer with Windows 3.x. Can I still use TurboUSA?

    Although we do not recommend it, properly set up, Microsoft Windows 3.1 can access the Internet through TurboUSA. However, setup is complicated and Microsoft no longer provides support for this older operating system. Likewise, TurboUSA does not provide technical support for Windows 3.1. Your best bet is to upgrade to a newer computer.

  • Does TurboUSA offer dedicated access or static IP's?

    No, we do not. Most users have absolutely no need for either of these services. Our cost savings is derived from not trying to be all things to all people. By keeping our product offering simple, we keep our price among the lowest you can find anywhere.

  • Does TurboUSA put any kind of banners or bars on my computer?

    TurboUSA does not sell advertising, which would create pop up ads or banner ads while you are online. The only advertising or pop-ups you may experience are those generated by individual web sites that you choose to visit. These sites are not associated with TurboUSA.

  • Does TurboUSA sell my information?

    TurboUSA will never sell or provide customer information to third party organizations. We value your privacy. To quote Michael J. Hawk our Founder and President: "@#%& NO! We will never sell or give away the names and/or e-mail addresses of our customers. If we're ever hurting for money that bad, we'll have a bake sale!"

  • TurboUSA has only one access number in my area. Will I get busy signals?

    One number does not reflect just one line (modem) available for dialing in. We have many lines available in each of our dial-up locations. Although busy signals can occur at times, we do our best to prevent them by adding additional lines when needed.

    We offer a full 30-Day NO RISK money back guarantee. So, if for any reason you aren't happy, we'll give you your money back! You can't lose!

  • Will I get disconnected while using TurboUSA?

    TurboUSA does have a 15 minute idle disconnect feature. This means after 15 minutes of inactivity (not surfing the web or getting email) your connection may be dropped. This is beneficial for folks that finish working on the Internet and forget to disconnect.

  • I need to know more....where is the fine print?

    You may view our Terms of Service on our web site.