INSTALLING YOUR FREE EARTHLINK SOFTWARE

How to Connect Better, Surf Faster & Stay Safe


Our EarthLink Access Software will help dial-up users connect more reliably and includes all the security and performance features you need for a better online experience. Top features include:

  • EarthLink Accelerator® (for Dial-Up only) — for surfing up to 7x faster*
  • EarthLink Connection Manager — automatically selects the best dial-up number in your area for faster, more reliable connections
  • EarthLink Toolbar® — simple browser add-on with search, security & other features
    • Pop-Up Blocker® — helps stop annoying pop-up ads
    • Privacy Tools — choose from 5 levels of privacy protection
  • EarthLink Protection Control Center® — all-in-one security software
    • Anti-Virus and Spyware protection — one scan finds and removes viruses, spyware and other threats
    • Firewall — helps guard against hackers

Where to Get EarthLink Access Software

Top Installation Tips

  • Close all open programs.
  • When asked if you have an EarthLink email address, be sure to click Yes and enter the address provided in the letter in your Welcome Kit.
  • Be sure to select our FREE Protection Control Center during installation.
  • Dial-Up users: choose two or more access numbers if available. This will help you enjoy faster, more reliable connections.

How to Connect to the Internet

  1. Double-click the EarthLink Access Software shortcut on your desktop.
  2. On the Sign-In screen, select the proper Profile and Connection, and enter your password—if it isn't already saved.
  3. Click Connect.

Your Web browser will open to the myEarthLink Start Page®.

By default, the EarthLink Task Panel will launch, and your Web browser will open to the myEarthLink Start Page®.

Top Tips for a Better Online Experience

  • Update your EarthLink Access Software regularly. You will be automatically notified you when updates are available. Click on the notice to get the latest update.
  • Choose your options and preferences with the Connection Manager.
  • Dial-Up users: maximize your speed. Click the Accelerator icon in your computer's system tray (the bottom right of your screen) and choose Options to change your Accelerator settings.
  • If you are upgrading to EarthLink High Speed from Dial-Up, remember to change your connection settings.