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Old 15. Feb 2016, 08:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I often download educational videos from Youtube ( I download them for our kids which are home schooled ) through our local library, which is only open a few hours a week.
As I work, rarely get to the library when it is open however, they leave the wi fi on for after hours downloads etc.
Recently they used blocking software preventing us from downloading videos using sites such as “keepvid” “computer hope” “clip grabber” etc. However on my cell phone, which has a small screen and is difficult to see properly, .( I would rather use my laptop, as the screen on my cell phone is so small it is harder to see)
I can still download videos using an “on board” downloading app that is on my cell phone with no problems.
As we pay for the wi fi through taxes, I am annoyed that they blocked us from downloading using outside apps ,and as I am thinking since my “on board” cell phone app works to download, am thinking that maybe an “on board” app, for my lap top should be able to download as well.
I tried to download Mozzilla Firefox several times, as I was told that I could get an add on app to download with, however there seems to be a software conflict on my newer lap top –(windows 8) with firefox, as firefox hangs and crashed continually, even after trying different versions.
Does anyone know of a good download app that I can put on my laptop so I can download without getting a bunch of malware /spam?
Any ideas?? Thanks!!

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My major use is Linux but the downloader I prefer is cross platform and I also have it installed on my Windows desktop. Works fine for me with Firefox and several Chrome/Chromium variants.

https://flareget.com/
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Old 16. Feb 2016, 06:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks...
Never heard of " Flareget " before.
I have heard that with some downloaders that you can pick up malware/ spamware, and when installing have to be careful on how you install to avoid problems. Is Flareget "clean", or are there precaution that you have to take when installing?
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So long as you get the download from the vendor's site there will not be a problem. It will nag you occasionally to upgrade but that's the only annoyance.
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What do you mean by an "onboard app"?
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Also see this thread, and other links from that thread:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...ownloader.html
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thanks for the input.
Anupam - [commercial reference removed] for my cell phone and it works great to download youtubes, which I then put the videos on my computer or use an old HDMI cord to an old TV.
However it is hard on the the eyes doing it that way, so used to take my lap top to the library and download using the online program "computer hope" which would then ask what type of conversion I would want-mp3 -mp4 etc and then download to my computer.
Recently the library blocked the use of "computer hope" "clipgrab" "keepvid"etc, so we can no longer use the online programs to download. My "on board app on my cell phone still works great, so am hoping to find a program to put on my computer to download youtubes like with my cell phone....
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As we pay for the wi fi through taxes, I am annoyed that they blocked us from downloading using outside apps...
Downloading, especially video, could consume a good bit of bandwidth. Your library might be trying to cut cost or meet a budget. Limiting the use of their bandwidth could be one of those cost-cutting measures. Rather than trying to find ways to circumvent those measures, wouldn't it be better if you discuss the issue with them?
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night hawk, you still did not tell what you mean by "onboard apps".

And Joe's advice sounds good to me, that you should discuss this issue with the library. They might have either a reason for the block, or, they might present a solution. Downloading videos does take up a lot of bandwidth, and that's why they might be blocking those. So, better to ask them.

Also, the issue might be with your laptop too... since you say about Firefox not working fine on it. That seems strange, and seems like an issue with your laptop, because I had Windows 8 earlier, and Firefox used to run great on it.
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OK, I think I got what you mean by onboard apps. You mean programs which can be installed on your computer, or mobile phone. Onboard apps is not the correct term for them.

Still, Clipgrab which is you mention is not an online app, but a downloadable one which you can install.
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