This Tutorial is for all BSNL DataOne Home Plan users who are tensed due to the unjustifiable 'Data Transfer Cap' concept which is supposed to be brought in to effect soon. In fact I began thinking of ways & means of reducing Data Transfer while you surf as a result of bickering friends , people who used to sit on the Net for an average of 5/6 hours per day. To make you realise the gravity of the situation let me give an example -- I "just" opened yahoomail.com , checked my inbox , opened two mails composed & sent one mail . That's it. When I checked DU Meter the data transferred was 20.5 MB. Now this when compared to a measly cap of 150Mb/day is bulls**t. I am considering Internet Explorer 6.0 as the Browser and WinXP Pro patched up with SP2 as the OS in this Tutorial as it is the most widely used combination of an OS & a Browser. And well , a lot of tips mentioned which are mentioned here will tell you to disable various eye - candy features in different software.For people who do not want to forgo that well, there's no way out. So here are the few Tips which I am sure will go a long way in helping you save your precious MegaBytes- All of us come across a lot of advertisements while surfing in the form of pop - up adds , most of which are pretty useless.They hog a lot of bandwidth and also are very heavy in terms of size.To prevent them from being downloaded you can always use Third - Party Programs which are available everywhere.But I have experienced that the inbuilt Pop - up blocker in WinXP used in conjunction with the Windows Firewall gives the best results. Turn on Pop-up Blocker through IE.To do this go to - Tools -> Pop - up Blocker -> Turn On. Also change the Default setting from "Medium" to "High". All of us always visit a few particularly common pages each time we surf.For me those pages are Yahoomail.com,Thinkdigit.com/forum,Gmail.com and my Blog.So instead of downloading these pages every time we surf why not make those pages available offline so that the amount of data transfer is reduced. In IE to make an Web Page available offline go to - Favourites -> Add to Favourites -> & check "Make available Offline". By default Windows XP downloads updates automatically when it senses an active Internet connection without prompting the User for doing so ( very irritable ). This does not make any sense when you can order the updates (licensed users) CD's for free from Microsoft.To turn off automatic updating go to - Right click on "My Computer" -> Properties -> Updates -> uncheck "Download updates automatically" Also do the same for software like Norton Antivirus etc..... ( You can always get the updates from mag CD's , friends etc... ) Media Players like WMA 9,10 RealOne Player etc download the codecs which are not installed on your PC automatically.In fact WMA also downloads the updates automatically.So to disable this go to - For Windows Media Player - Tools -> Options -> Player tab -> Uncheck everything you see over there. Now while installing Real One Player - When the window for selecting your Connection Speed appears , check "I do not have an Internet Connection" located in the leftmost bottom corner. Always install a good free & easy to use Firewall such as Tiny Personal Firewall ( available on Digit CD's ) Using a firewall ensures that no program unknowlingly accesses the internet.This acquires importance especially in case of broadband connections wherein the connection is always on once the modem is turned on.So when you are using your PC for doing anything other than surfing just cut all access to the net through the Firewall and voila ! you are secure . This one is for the extreme downloaders , Net junkies who want to save their transfers to the maximum extent. Prevent all multimedia items like images,sounds,animations,videos,flash objects etc... from being displayed by just unchecking everything here - Internet Options -> Advanced -> Multimedia. But believe me this alone cuts down Data transfer by 80%.Because only the text is displayed which is of a negligible size ( KBytes ). However it is difficult to adjust to pages without those familiar buttons & images and it takes a lot of time.But then our purpose of reducing data transfer is served to the fullest extent. Note - I couldn't post any pics for WinXP as it crashed today.