Windows 98 internet speed issue

i recently upgraded to w98.  I use ibm global, have a 33600 modem and use netscape as my default browser.  I used to access pages fairly quickly.  Now i fluctuate between moderate and slug.  I cleaned my cache in both ie4-temp internet files, and netscape-programfiles/netscape/communicator/etc....
i checked my modem connection and it still says connected at 33600.  If it is a virus, I have no way to kill it.  I know nobody personally that runs w98 that could make a boot disk for me.  I don't have call waiting, not too many people call me, and i already defragged my system and cleaned my registry.  I have a p233mmx with 48 megs ram and 6gb hd.  I know i need a new modem, but this change is too drastic.
I shouldn't have gone to non-downloading loser overnight.
yes, I already checked my modem setup.  it's a lt win and seems to be configured properly.

Is the issue my ISP?  Is ibm global alot more widely used now and coincidentally screwing up my performance? Or is there some w98 modem bug that I don't know about.  Is the defauly setting different since I started with 95 and upgraded?

I'm about ready to format c:\
help
skysharkAsked:
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dankhConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Sky,

   I have a cheap 33.6 and the only thing i could do to increase Internet speed was 1)  Get a better ISP (I use Earthlink) and 2) get a utility to 'tweak' your modem settings in the registry.  This program is called TweakDun and it improved my speeds a lot.  Give it a look and tell me what you think:

http://www.pattersondesigns.com/tweakdun/ 

You might think about uninstalling and reinstalling your browser to see if you can correct the problem.
 
 
 
   
 

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wmmakCommented:
Please do format c drive and re-install the w98. W98 should use the almost max. speed of your modem, but for w95, it doesn't.
For w98, add more RAM can help, you should use 64MB or 128 MB for better performance.

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dankhCommented:
Sky,

   I have a cheap 33.6 and the only thing i could do to increase Internet speed was 1)  Get a better ISP (I use Earthlink) and 2) get a utility to 'tweak' your modem settings in the registry.  This program is called TweakDun and it improved my speeds a lot.  Give it a look and tell me what you think:

http://www.pattersondesigns.com/tweakdun/

You might think about uninstalling and reinstalling your browser to see if you can correct the problem.
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