CNET GLOSSARY: Terms for the techie
A type of utility that traces the path a data packet takes as it is sent from your computer to a destination computer on the Internet (such as a Web site's server). When encountering a particularly slow Web site, a traceroute program can help you evaluate which link in the Internet chain is responsible for the lag time. Versions of the original Traceroute, a Unix program, are now available on most platforms.
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