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Best Free Download Manager

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Introduction

Everyone downloads a lot of stuff from the internet. Be it softwares, videos, music, documents, images, you fill your hard drive with all of this. To track and manage all these downloads is a daunting task, and having a clean workspace to organize all these downloadable content is the need of the hour. This is where a download manager comes to the rescue, also accelerating your downloads all the way. 

The major features that makes an external download manager extremely useful are:

  • Resume broken downloads: Downloads can be paused at resumed at will even after computer shutdowns or unexpected power outages, and it'll resume any unfinished download from the place it left off.
  • Categories: Helps to organize your downloads automatically according to their type (videos, music, documents) in different folders and also define extensions to be included in the type. 
  • Download Acceleration: A single file is split into multiple sections/segments and then using several simultaneous connections to download each segment from a single server.
  • Queue'ing: Start the downloads instantly or save it for later, setting up the download in a queue, and define the maximum number of concurrent downloads. Certain download manager allows you to define multiple queues.
  • Scheduler: Start and stop downloads in the queue at a predefined time on a particular day, or synchronize your downloads to run on different days of the week. Additionally you may choose to shut down/hibernate computer after downloading.
  • Browser integration: Integrate your download manager with various browsers and it'll take over the downloads automatically. Additionally clipboard monitoring, will let you capture copy-pasted direct links.Popular browsers like Firefox, IE, Chrome, Opera support is essential.
  • Media grabber: Download streaming video and audio from various sites and even preview or convert them to different types.
  • Batch downloads: Easy way to download whole ranges of files/links from a particular webpage . Also by adding a group of sequential file names of a particular type you can download multiple files from a website.

Other interesting features that am looking in a download manager are:

  • Protocol support: Mainly HTTP, HTTPS and FTP support, also support for RTSP, MMS, Metalink, Bittorrent and RTMP would be a bonus.
  • Export/Import: At times when you want to uninstall/reinstall the program, it's useful to export/import the downloads in the list, so that it'll save you time and extra-work. 
  • Inclusion/Exclusion list: Include/exclude various File Types and Websites you want to monitor.
  • Speed limiter: Set maximum download speed for a file and adjust the traffic usage for browsing and other stuff.
  • Proxy/Socks support: Work behind HTTP and FTP proxy-servers.
  • Refresh expired links: Sometimes a download link remains valid for only few hours and if not completed within that time boundary, download fails. Refreshing the link let's you resume these downloads.
  • Multiple mirrors: Search for and download files from multiple mirrors simulataneously
  • Sites manager: Certain sites require authentication for download request from internet and proxy servers
  • Virus checking: Check downloaded files with a scanner you've set up to protect users from harmful virus/spyware.
  • Float windows: Indicator to show the current downloads and it's status.

Let's take a look at some Download Managers below: 

 
Discussion

Environment All tests were done on Win 8.1, 64 bit system with 4GB RAM running the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, IE, Opera and Maxthon browsers.

Note: The ratings are comparitive, so when a new download manager is reviewed, the corresponding rating of others might change. 

Free Download Manager

Free Download Manager

Free Download Manager is a popular download manager and a good choice for its stability, nice user interface and support for various browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari.

The program offers simultaneous multi-part downloads from several mirrors to increase the download speed, with a powerful scheduler to start and pause downloading files at the preset time.

It also features downloads from RapidShare, prioritized and partial torrent downloads, adjusting traffic usage, flash video download and an upload manager. Management of downloaded files is well supported.

Upon installation of the application, uncheck 'install Software Informer' if you don't need it. A lite version of the program is also available with optional plugins.

GetGo Download ManagerGetGo Download Manager

Apart from downloading various types of files, GetGo Download Manager helps download your favorite videos from YouTube and other websites with embedded FLV flash videos with one-click.

It integrates with IE and Firefox browsers. With the program, you can easily set up a batch download using an URL pattern template and rename downloaded files automatically using a filename pattern template. Other features such as download scheduler, resume broken downloads, managing downloaded files, etc., are included.

The program has optional Standard and Search toolbars in the user interface. Upon installation, it adds a GetGo Toolbar into your browser, but that can be disabled.

Re: Review

 FlashGet Rating 5 of 10

 By Trend Media Corp. 

InstallationRating 3.5 of 10 The installer is clean with no adware/spyware. In the Additional tasks wizard, FlashGet sets itself as the default download manager, and also modifies Windows XP TCP connections. It also places a desktop shortcut and quick launch icon. Choose your installation folder and downloads folder and you're ready. On Uninstall, it offers to retain configuration and task information. But it didn't remove the browser extensions upon uninstallation and left a lot of registry entries behind. 
After installation to integrate with browsers, from the interface go to Tools->Add Browsers support.

InterfaceRating 4.5 of 10 Pleasing interface, the left side bar showing All tasks as well as Downloading tasks, and Categories with the ability to create as many download categories as possible, and a nifty Recycle bin for restoring deleted tasks. At the bottom, network details are displayed on mouse hover, the download speed of current task and a skin manager where you can add skins from the official site. A sub window shows various task properties that shows all details of the download task, log file of connections and a disk defragmenter-like download diagram. Grouping of downloads is available by date and path, as well as searching for files is available.

FeaturesRating 4 of 10 FlashGet supports a wide variety of protocols including HTTP, FTP, BT, MMS, RTSP and eMule protocols. Notably it supports Bittorrent and eMule downloads. Automatic authentication to servers is available when needed to download files. Number of threads/sections can be set separately for each file, a neat feature. Comments can be placed for each downloaded file. Flashget uses memory as disk cache during download, and you can set the quota for the same. The Resources Detector wizard, let's you download online videos, batch of images, softwares and FTP resources by scanning the url directly pasted in the window. FlashGet has HTTP and Sock5 proxy support.

UsabilityRating 5 of 10 FlashGet definitely needs an update, and it's usability has gone rock bottom. Resources detector crashes during url detection making it unusable. Since Chrome now doesn't support extensions not present on it's web store, FlashGet fails to work on Chrome. It doesn't take over downloads from IE 11 too, making Firefox the only working browser on it. Although link downloads work well on Firefox, trying to download a video, hangs the video and the download doesn't get transferred too. The fonts used within the Preferences window is weird. There's no refresh download option for expired links or a dedicated scheduler for downloads. Honestly it doesn't live up to the reputation of v1.9 which is still available as separate download.

Support/UpdatesRating 3 of 10 The forum is dead with almost no replies or comments, and there haven't been updates for a long time, except for a few bug fixes. The last major version came all the way back in 2010. This once great download manager is now past it's prime. 

 

Download Manager for multi-platform

UgetUget is a cross-platform program designed to be simple, lightweight and easy to use.

It's an open source application written in GTK+. Debian and RPM packages are readily available for download and installation, but for Windows users, the GTK+ runtime environment needs to install separately before running the program.

The program supports pause, resume and queue downloads, and classification of download files, monitors clipboard and integrates with Firefox browser via FlashGot plugin. Other features include batch download and import downloads from html files.

 

 

Browser Addons

FlashGot is a Firefox's addon which allows you to set your own preferred download manager and integrate it with the Firefox browser for auto download. The addon by itself also helps you to download many files on a web page at one go.

oGet, also known as DM Bridge, is a Chrome's extension to integrate the Chrome browser with an external download manager of your choice, with optional settings for the integration mode and context menu.

DownThemAll is another browser extension to add advanced download capabilities to Firefox. This add-on is useful if you are using Firefox and need to download many files on a web page at one go. However, when you need to download a single large file it's much slower than a standalone download manager.

 
Other Download Managers

Several other free download managers were brought up in comments here or noted from other sources. As they are not rated in this review, I am listing some of them here with brief descriptions and links to their sites for ease of reference.

  • Internet Download Accelerator, the free version offers general features of a download manager but comes with an ad panel which cannot be disabled. It also prompts for an upgrade to the commercial Pro version.
  • Download Accelerator Plus (free) is a toned down version of the commercial DAP Premium, but basic features are available such as multi-connections to download sites, mirror search, etc. It has an active 'information pane' at the right panel which can't be disabled.
  • JDownloader lacks classification of downloaded files but makes downloading files from One-Click-Hosters like Rapidshare.com or Megaupload.com easier for users with a premium or a free account.
 

I'll be reviewing these download managers for the next major update. 

Note: Orbit Downloader won't be reviewed, and the users are advised to stay away from it, because not only is the product bundled with all sorts of 3rd party software, it's also classified as malware, as it turns the application into a DDOS tool. More report here at Softpedia.

Quick Selection Guide

Free Download Manager
5
 
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Stable; support for IE, Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari; simultaneous multi-part downloads; flash video download; restart and recover; powerful scheduler; management of downloaded files
3.9.4 & 5.0 alpha
7.6 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Open source freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Win XP - Win 8.1
GetGo Download Manager
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Download FLV flash videos with one-click; integrate with IE and Firefox; batch download using template; auto rename; download scheduler; managing downloaded files
Install toolbar into browsers; integrate optional Search toolbar into user interface
http://www.getgosoft.com
4.9
2.7 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Win XP - Win 8.1
Uget
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Open source and cross platforms, designed to be simple, lightweight and easy to use. Supports pause and resume, queue and classification of download files, monitors clipboard and Firefox with <a href="#FlashGot">FlashGot</a> Plugin.
Requires GTK+ run environment to download and install separately for Windows users.
http://urlget.sourceforge.net/
1.5
1.4 MB
Open source freeware
Linux (Debian and RPM packages); Windows XP to Windows 7 with GTK+ runtime environment
MultiGet
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Open source and supports multi platforms; multi-task with multi-thread on multi-server to speed up downloads; clipboard monitoring with a good GUI interface; optional auto MD5 check
Lacking integration with browsers
http://multiget.sourceforge.net/
1.1.2
5.3 MB
Open source freeware
Windows and Linux
FlashGet
3
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Increases speed with hyper-thread technology, support numerous protocols, various skins, advanced task logging with graphs, automatic authentication to websites, supports Bittorrent & eMule downloads.
Resources detector crashes on use, downloading videos stalls the program, not updated for a long time, no support for Google Chrome.
3.7
6.5 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Win XP - Win 8.1

 
Editor

This software category is maintained by volunteer editor George.J. Registered members can contact the editor with any comments or questions they might have by clicking here.

I've used TechSupportAlert and the older Support Alert Newsletter for almost a decade so I have saved hundreds of hours of work and many more dollars by following Gizmo's Freeware recommendations. Thanks for the opportunity to give something back.

If you have had a similar experience then you should consider becoming a reviewer too.

 
Change Log
Date Change Editor
June 29 2014 FlashGet re-reviewed George.J
June 25 2014 Introduction section modified George.J
September 2013 Removed Orbit Downloader Remah
October 2011 No change to content. Update Quick Selection Guide to new database. Remah
June 2010 Major update  
 
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by naren on 27. July 2014 - 22:57  (117611)

Subhra,
You released new version XDM 4.7

I tested it under Shadow Defender & the login prob I was facing is solved now.

Previous version I tested under Toolwiz Time Freeze.
Dont know if you fixed something in version 4.7 or login prob was due to Toolwiz Time Freeze.

No login prob with XDM 4.7 under Shadow Defender.

But Internet Explorer prob remains i.e search through address bar is not possible as every input in address bar is automatically changing to .com & the result is blank page.

In version 4.7, the grabber window, when small icons is selected, you can see the type i.e mp4, webm, etc.. but when large icons is selected, you cannot make out the type by looking at the video.
I think would be good if those blue icons have type written on them i.e mp4, webm, etc...

If Internet Explorer prob I meantioned above is solved then I would try XDM on production system.

Is it possible that Internet Explorer prob may be due to XDM running under light virtualization i.e Shadow Defender?

How to download video from the site below?
http://www.add-anime.net/
Grabber grabs the video but shows many small size files for single video.
Clip Converter online video downloading site shows 1 file for the video.

UPDATE
I found the solution for Internet Explorer search prob.
My internet connection is PPPOE. I have a ISP dialer on the system. To connect to the internet I have to use the username & password in the dialer & connect.
Internet Explorer - Internet Options - Connections - If I highlight my ISP Dialer, then settings & check "Automatically detect settings", this solves the Internet Explorer prob.
Now if I uncheck "Automatically detect settings" again then too Internet Explorer works fine.
Exiting XDM brings the prob back.
So I wonder if system restart too would bring the prob back?

I cannot check with system restart as I am testing under light virtualization & after system restart everything is removed by the virtualization.

by subhra74 on 28. July 2014 - 3:58  (117614)

Please confirm if this is the scenario:
before starting XDM "Automatically detect settings" was checked and IE was working fine.
Start XDM. IE working fine.
On Exiting XDM, "Automatically detect settings" is getting unchecked and IE search problem is is comming back.

Will check the link for "http://www.add-anime.net/".

BTW can other download managers IDM, FDM ie. able to capture full video from "http://www.add-anime.net/"?

by Anupam on 28. July 2014 - 7:30  (117616)

Dear naren and subhra, as requested by the editor of this category before, I will kindly remind you both to please open a thread in the freeware forum, either in the Software Suggestions forum, or Freeware Installation & Usage forum... for a thorough and lengthy discussion. The comments section here is not the right place for such lengthy discussions, and your long comments are taking up precious space, by which other comments and content will suffer.

Kindly carry on the discussion in the forum please. If this continues, we might have to either unpublish the comments, or delete them, which we do not want.

Sorry for this, and thank you in advance for your co-operation :).

by subhra74 on 24. July 2014 - 6:41  (117530)

@Reviewer: Thanks for Testing XDM.

by George.J on 25. July 2014 - 4:00  (117566)

Sure i'll put up a review in the near future. And please don't stop working on your project cauz I've read somewhere that you were going to.

If you want to get a wider user base, you could promote your project, at Wilders, MalwareTips and other websites that allows you to, as naren mentioned. I'll post a hot find on the same here, as very few know about XDM even though it's been there so long. And with more than 10,000 strong user base here, XDM might get the popularity it needs.

by naren on 21. July 2014 - 0:51  (117443)

Xtreme Download Manager new version released today.
VirusTotal didn't detected malware.
HD video downloads added.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/xdman/
https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/c532b9cf9f583d838f4fd3c008bac275fda0e...

BUT sadly the proxy thing messes the internet connection.
Even if the proxy is unchecked in the GUI, still internet connection is messed up.

The software was promising but the developer has ruined it.

by subhra74 on 23. July 2014 - 9:56  (117506)

Hi
This is the developer of XDM. Please check the updated version 4.5.2 build 474 and revert back If possible.

by naren on 24. July 2014 - 0:04  (117517)

Tested the version 4.5.2 build 474
Win 7 64
Tested under Toolwiz Time Freeze

Pros
Clean software, Good GUI
Tried couple files & video downloads, the speed was good.

Cons
For some videos it gave server response or some error i.e parsed correctly but when clicked download it gave error. Other download managers downloaded those videos fine.

The proxy thing is problematic enabled/disabled i.e the same probs even if disabled in the GUI. Proxy disabled in the GUI & XDM exited from the tray solves all the below probs. So definitely below probs due to proxy & XDM.
Couldn't login in any sites with any browsers i.e IE 11 & Google Chrome latest. The result is blank page with the word "ERROR" i.e sites opened but login in any sites gave error.
Couldn't search through IE 11 address bar as input in the address bar is automatically converted to .com i.e if the input is wilders, its automatically converted to wilders.com, & the result is blank page.

All downloaded videos are given the same name i.e videoplayback, videoplayback1, videoplayback2, etc... It would be good if the original name of the video is given.

Files are renamed as copy of i.e soft - copy of soft. would be good if renamed as soft - soft1.

In this version, check for updates mentions new download available & takes to xtreme download manager website that has old 4.3 version.

Suggests
Why proxy?
Would be good if proxy is removed.

Why start with windows is required?
Would be good if its not required.

Rightclick download with XDM option would be good for those downloads that XDM couldn't pick up.

Remove the completed downloads from the list option would be good.

Files/Videos downloads that are cancelled/stopped for some reasons & then when you try to download again, a new file is created in the downloads folder. The number of times you try to download the cancelled downloads, the number of files are created i.e if you try to download a file & for some reason the file couldn't be downloaded & you try 5 times then 5 files are created in the downloads folder.
I think incomplete/stopped downloads should be hidden (this will avoid the mess in download folder) & when tried to download again, XDM should ask to resume/restart. For this an option "check if the download with the same url exists" would be needed.

I think if a window is resized, it should remain resized.

Video downloads window i.e infos about the downloads after parsing the videos could be in a more better/clear way i.e the window with all the infos 720p, 480p mp4, url, etc... Would be good if file size of the videos is also shown. By default this window could be the same as the default size of the GUI.

Download window should show location of the files saved & file size.

Does it auto check for updates? If yes, there should be an option to disable autoupdate. Plus there could be an option to "only notify".

In download progress window when you click pause the window disappears, the window should remain open. And would be good if there is a stop tab in the download progress window to stop the download & when hit stop the window should disappear.

Why the program installs in appdata & not programfiles?

Does the downloads starts while the download info window is shown or the download starts after hitting download now? I like the later as sometimes I take time to decide to download or not while the window is there.

The exit tab on the GUI is confusing. I thought it would just close the GUI but exited it. I think would be good if exit just close the GUI.

Is the resolutions shown by video downloads correct?
1280*720 is 720p
But 480*360?
320*240?
Etc...

Download a file & delete it & try downloading the file again, XDM mention file already exists in the downloads lists & gives the option to rename. Is this a bug or design? Why its checking downloads lists? The downloaded file was already deleted but guess due to XDM checking downloads lists mention file already exists & gives option to rename.
I think if the file to be downloaded is not there in the download folder then XDM should download the file, this is the right way, right?

Keep up the good work.

by subhra74 on 24. July 2014 - 6:40  (117531)

Thanks for testing the updated version.

I have a few questions about the bugs/suggestions you mentioned.

1.
"For some videos it gave server response or some error i.e parsed correctly but when clicked download it gave error. Other download managers downloaded those videos fine."

Can u please post the URL and the name of the download managers can download the video.

2.
"Couldn't login in any sites with any browsers i.e IE 11 & Google Chrome latest. The result is blank page with the word "ERROR" i.e sites opened but login in any sites gave error.
Couldn't search through IE 11 address bar as input in the address bar is automatically converted to .com i.e if the input is wilders, its automatically converted to wilders.com, & the result is blank page."

Please post the URL or equivalent public URL of those sites if possible. Because I have thoroughly tested XDM with many servers with HTTP-AUTHENTICATION,PROXY-AUTHENTICATION (BASIC,NEGOTIATE,NTLM,DIGEST methods including Windows ISA server) but Never encountered such problems.

3.

"All downloaded videos are given the same name i.e videoplayback, videoplayback1, videoplayback2, etc... It would be good if the original name of the video is given.

Files are renamed as copy of i.e soft - copy of soft. would be good if renamed as soft - soft1.

In this version, check for updates mentions new download available & takes to xtreme download manager website that has old 4.3 version."

Yes. I will solve those issues.

4.
"Files/Videos downloads that are cancelled/stopped for some reasons & then when you try to download again, a new file is created in the downloads folder. The number of times you try to download the cancelled downloads, the number of files are created i.e if you try to download a file & for some reason the file couldn't be downloaded & you try 5 times then 5 files are created in the downloads folder.
I think incomplete/stopped downloads should be hidden (this will avoid the mess in download folder) & when tried to download again, XDM should ask to resume/restart. For this an option "check if the download with the same url exists" would be needed."

Could u elaborate "download folder". Are u referring to the actual download folder in file system or XDM's download list.
If a download is not complete is will not be stored in download folder.
New files will only be created in the download list only if download is RESTARTED, NOT RESUMED.

There is Download Category that can be used to view ONLY COMPLETE/INCOMPLETE downloads.

If duplicate URL is added, duplicate link dialog appears in XDM 4.5.2

5.

"Video downloads window i.e infos about the downloads after parsing the videos could be in a more better/clear way i.e the window with all the infos 720p, 480p mp4, url, etc... Would be good if file size of the videos is also shown."

These info's are shown for YOUTUBE videos in XDM 4.5.2.
For videos from other sites commonly only file size/type is available.
I think all other download managers also don't show resolutions for those videos.

6.

"I think if a window is resized, it should remain resized."

Good point! Will solve it in next build.

7.

"Download window should show location of the files saved & file size."
XDM's main download list shows the above mentioned information's.
Though they could be added to the download window as well. Will think about it.

8.

"Does it auto check for updates? If yes, there should be an option to disable autoupdate. Plus there could be an option to "only notify"."

No it does not. But Update feature will be enhanced in future.

9.

"Why the program installs in appdata & not programfiles?"
XDM can be installed without Administrator Rights.
This feature enables XDM to be used by the corporate Users who usually dont have Admin Rights.
Google Chrome also has this feature if u install chrome without admin rights.

10.

"Does the downloads starts while the download info window is shown or the download starts after hitting download now? I like the later as sometimes I take time to decide to download or not while the window is there."

No. it starts only when Download Progress Window is shown.

11.

"Is the resolutions shown by video downloads correct?
1280*720 is 720p
But 480*360?
320*240?
Etc..."

Will check it out.

12.

"Download a file & delete it & try downloading the file again, XDM mention file already exists in the downloads lists & gives the option to rename. Is this a bug or design? Why its checking downloads lists? The downloaded file was already deleted but guess due to XDM checking downloads lists mention file already exists & gives option to rename.
I think if the file to be downloaded is not there in the download folder then XDM should download the file, this is the right way, right?"

May be u r right. I will check the behavior of other download managers and
implement accordingly to maintain Familiarity and user friendliness.

Thanks again for through testing. I hope it will help the development of XDM a lot.

by naren on 26. July 2014 - 20:17  (117543)

Subhra,
XDM GUI is simple & nice. Works good. Further improvements & polishing will definitely make it a tough contender for FDM, IDM, free/paid, etc...

But I find not many people know XDM.
If many people know it & try it, the amount of feedback you will get will help a lot in enhancing XDM.

I would suggest you to start a thread in Malwaretips & Wilders about XDM with infos & screenshots & introduce yourself.
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/
http://malwaretips.com/

Actually sometime back I had posted about XDM in both the sites but no response was there as guess no one knew XDM.
But if you, developer will post, I am sure everybody would like to test XDM & give feedback.

Guess you are an Indian
1. Just try Kick movie official (T Series) songs from Youtube. Internet Download Manager, Internet Download Accelerator & Download Ninja can download these songs.

2. No need of urls. As I mentioned I can open any site but cannot login in any site. And IE search through address bar is not possible as any input is converted into .com.

4. Download folder means default download folder for XDM. For info, I change the default download folder location to desktop i.e I have a folder named Download on the desktop & set this folder as default download folder in XDM.

5. I meant video download infos looks little cluttered & make it little clear. Like instead of 1280*720, you can mention 720p & instead of mp4.............(the long link), you can mention just mp4, etc...
Why mp3, mp4 audio is not there in the video downloads?

Why you dont update this site?
http://xdman.sourceforge.net/download.html

Is XDM beta or stable?

Download progress window shows connection info. Would be good if show/hide info tab is there.

When download through XDM is cancelled, allow the browser to show download i.e when you dont want to download with XDM & hit cancel on XDM download window then browser should show the download. This option in the GUI would be good.

Reviewer is right. This is not the place for lengthy discussions.
Open your thread in any forums as that would be good to get good amount of feedback for XDM in my opinion.
I suggested wilders & malwaretips as I find these forums good & I am registered there.

By the way hope you noticed I had mentioned in my previous post that I tested XDM under Toolwiz Time Freeze. Its light virtualization. I dont test on production system directly & dont install virtual machines. I like Time Freeze as it simple & any product I have tested worked correctly.
So I guess XDM too works under Time Freeze & all those probs were not due to XDM running under Time Freeze, what you say?

by George.J on 24. July 2014 - 7:46  (117535)

Please make use of our forum for lengthy discussions, and start a new thread there for the same.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/

Thank You.

- George.J (Editor)

by naren on 24. July 2014 - 14:50  (117544)

I didn't knew this same username & password works with the forum too.
Great.

by naren on 18. July 2014 - 19:08  (117414)

Plzz test Download Ninja next.
It has become feature rich now & one of the best free/paid download managers.
Clean software too with no craps, etc...

Currently supports Chrome & Firefox.
IE support will be coming.

by George.J on 19. July 2014 - 15:18  (117422)

Excellent suggestion, test results are coming great...

Now there's a real competitor to EagleGet and FDM. Surprisingly it's still in early development phase, continously updated and still it's great. Am not sure how long the developer has been working on it.

by naren on 19. July 2014 - 22:21  (117425)

As per developer, technically its still beta.
But I must say, I have tested all the versions & no major probs, quite stable software.
Build 17 released yesterday.

by George.J on 19. July 2014 - 13:36  (117421)

Sure, will do that as per your request.

by naren on 19. July 2014 - 20:22  (117424)

Where is the review of Download Accelerator Plus Free?
It was labelled as "Testing" & now neither the label nor the review is there?

by George.J on 20. July 2014 - 1:42  (117426)

In phase 1, I'll be doing a basic test on all download managers listed for reviewing, check their sources, if the installer is clean and so on, and how they basically perform against each other. Only in phase 2, detailed review follows. Since Ninja is a new recommendation, I had to do a basic review on it before going into detailed.

I found Ninja more interesting, so I stopped reviewing DAP midway, but the review will be put up later on.

by naren on 20. July 2014 - 19:22  (117441)

OK.
Got it.
Thanxx for the info.

by cityguyusa on 15. July 2014 - 19:21  (117358)

Just a note on FDM. I often find that it's using a lot of system resources even when it's not actively downloading anything. I'm not sure why this is but when I see my hard drive thrashing I know that FDM is at the top of the list for page faults.

by naren on 2. July 2014 - 9:19  (117083)

Hey Reviewer
When you test Xtreme Download Manager, it changes network connection, is this good? Why it changes network connection? Can you plzz tell me what are those changes?
XDM is detected as malware at VT.
Previously 6-7 scanners detected it as malware.
Latest report 1 scanner detects it as malware.
https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/e6f223b502de73331c8920cd4f283d5dc92d4...

http://xdman.sourceforge.net/

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by George.J on 2. July 2014 - 14:06  (117094)

I did install XDM before, and it changed my proxy config upon uninstallation, and I had to reset it to get back internet connection. I might not review this product after all, but it held great promise. :(

by subhra74 on 23. July 2014 - 10:00  (117507)

Requesting you to please check the updated version 4.5.2 build 474.

by George.J on 23. July 2014 - 12:05  (117513)

Thank you for contacting us Subhra. It seems that after uninstallation, it automatically reverts the network settings back to normal.

I'll add the product in the To Be Reviewed section. Good to see this change.

by naren on 3. July 2014 - 17:53  (117124)

It stopped my internet connection too. I too didn't like that it changes network connection.

by naren on 1. July 2014 - 22:01  (117061)

Hey Reviewer

A new free download manager/accelerator. Plzz review this too.
Download Ninja
http://downloadninja.com/

Lot more info here
http://malwaretips.com/threads/download-ninja-new-internet-download-mana...

Regards
Naren

by George.J on 2. July 2014 - 14:07  (117095)

Thanks, looks interesting. I'll add it to the list.

by naren on 3. July 2014 - 17:55  (117125)

You didn't added it to the "to be reviewed" list.

by Spy on 30. June 2014 - 14:23  (117033)

I used different download managers in the past, then switched to Free Download Manager since some years, and I fully agree with this article, its one of the best download manager.

It splits the file that is being downloaded in such a way that it makes the download faster than other download managers.

by Remah on 29. June 2014 - 22:03  (117018)

George.J, good job. I like the new introduction as it points out useful features which provide good reasons for using a download manager.