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Best download manager

By duku
Feb 16, 2002
  1. ScHiZo

    ScHiZo TS Rookie

    I'm surprised no one mentioned this great download accelerator I use. It's called FreshDownload v3.25, and you can download it here. I don't wanna sound like some sales person for this program, so you can see the cool features that it has on its own webpage (same as the download URL I provided). So far I'm impressed w/ its GUI and speed, but I hate it when it catches false files w/ a URL such as http://www....com/.../x.cgi?file=....zip and it turns out to be a html file instead. Anyways, I just thought I'd show you guys an "alternative" besides the ever so popular DAP ;)
     
  2. duku

    duku TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 41

    Yes, that thing I know, but it's not working every time...after a disconnection I had to start over..and what's the point of resuming d/l and cannot restart? This is a thing M$ should really work on for IE 6.1 and >...
     
  3. azukre

    azukre TS Rookie

    Personally I use FlashGET right now. I have tried GetRight, DAP, and all other download manager, but none of them is perfect.

    I still can't find a download manager that can download this link.
    CS Demo NiP vs. M

    Try right click the link and open in the new window with internet explorer!
    If you know how. Please let me know!
     
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,630   +321

    My download accelerator plus tends to use 100% of my processor when its downloading something for me...
     
  5. Thunder

    Thunder TS Rookie Posts: 47

    I'm going to have too try some of these out because the latest release of Ad-Aware reported 47 spyware references on my PC all from my paid for version of Dap. I am not happy.
     
  6. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 794

  7. Falcon

    Falcon TS Rookie

    I've used IE6 to resume several d/ls without a problem. I didn't realize that it had that feature, so I was both shocked and pleased when it picked up where it left off, no questions asked.


    Jeremy
     
  8. cabrone

    cabrone TS Rookie Posts: 166

    definately its a toss up between flash get and download accelerator plus. I use flash get for mutiple files(ie 40 or so) but download accelerator for everyday downloading, they are both good.
     
  9. guyferd

    guyferd TS Rookie Posts: 42

    Which one?

    Download Accelerator Plusssss... is the best :D
     
  10. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,932   +126 Staff Member

    Getright for me, though I'm pretty biased since I've used it almost as long as I have had NET access...
     
  11. Elcarion

    Elcarion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 188

    Now that I have broadband I prefer no download manager. When I was stuck with 56K GoZilla and GetRight...they both had their unique problems from what I remember.
     
     
  12. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,871

    Works fine for me most of the time, the only time it doesn't resume is if I have to reboot or if the site uses a redirect to a random mirror(because you probably aren't connecting to the same link as before)

    I also use GetRight and have since it was first released. There are a few times when it won't work or it hicups but usually that is on a file so small I don't need it anyway.
     
  13. Nazobyte

    Nazobyte TS Rookie Posts: 36

    I use Getright 4.5a and i think it is far better than 'Download Accelerator Plus'. I used to use that program before GR but now i think Getright is in a class of its own. Oh, and i never experienced any acceleration in my downloads with DAP either on my 56k, so i dont know why it is called that? :D

    if youve never used it then i should mention that it is shareware and costs 25$ to register it after the trial period.

    Large variety of skins on the site for the client too, and many other cool features, if you havent already, go try it!

    http://www.getright.com/index.html
     
  14. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    I just heard that Download Accelerator has spyware incorporated into it. So I did a little searching and found Star Download. It is free and a pretty nice tool. You can get it here
     
  15. hdmk

    hdmk TS Rookie Posts: 150

    Getright 4.5d..the best d/l manager in my opinion..It can re-connect your computer - useful for 56k, disconnect after d/l, shut down your comp, split downloads etc...it also includes a built in browser...

    I have always gone with Getright, and I always will do..:)
     
  16. Steg

    Steg TS Rookie Posts: 422

    DAP all the way - can reconnect, very handy on my connection, can schedule downloads and works fine in the background while im gaming
    THE BEST

    Steg
     
  17. spun_1

    spun_1 TS Rookie Posts: 44

    I use DSL,The best download manager.He,He. When had dial-up I used DAP.I read an old test that ZDnet did and they pronounced get right faster than DAP.
     
  18. dani_17

    dani_17 TS Rookie Posts: 208

    I'm using flashget and it's quite good. But my favourite download manager is edonkey2k LOL!
     
  19. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Maniac Posts: 537   +12

    I quite like ReGet and GetRight. They seem to do the job reasonably well, they have probably been mentioned already, but I just don't have the time to look through all of the posts in this thread ;) .
     
  20. Crybabytek

    Crybabytek TS Rookie Posts: 32

    I've used both GoZilla and GetRight and a couple of others I don't recall which. The problem with download accelerator programs is SPYWARE! which they all seem to have since I turned to DSL and run SpyWareGuard, SpywareBlaster & Spybot Search & Destroy and see just what's happening at all times. My personal best, when I was using 56Kv90 was GoZilla.

    my 2 cents worth.
     
  21. cromrell

    cromrell TS Rookie Posts: 52

    forget download manager w/ broadband

    ditto: DSL @ Home & T1 @ Work.
    I agree & feel that a download manager just gets in the way... but I also have the speed to abandon and re-start a download w/o feeling much consequence.

    C
     
  22. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    Try the free Star Downloader from http://www.stardownloader.com/
    I have wireless broadband (512KB up/512KB down, unlimited) and it is blazingly fast.
    Been using it for over a year (first on a 56K dial-up until April '03),
    does exactly what it says on the tin, ehhh.. see below.

    (Text copied from the website)
    Star Downloader is a download accelerator that can increase download speeds by up to 400 percent. Unlike similar applications, it is completely free. It does not contain any banner ads or spy-ware.

    The acceleration is achieved by splitting the file being downloaded into several parts and downloading these parts at the same time. Download speeds are further increased by downloading the file from the fastest mirror sites.

    You may automatically resume broken downloads if your connection is lost or if your computer accidentally shuts down. With the scheduler, you may download files at certain times of the day. Star Downloader may also automatically connect to your ISP and hang-up upon completion of downloads.

    An integrated unzipping utility can automatically unzip and install downloaded files. Star Downloader also integrates with your antivirus program to automatically scan files upon completion of the download.

    Star Downloader supports FTP and HTTP. Proxy is also supported.
     
  23. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,570   +338

    I recently switched over Star Downloader given that its freeware versus Download Accelerator that remained shareware (and even came with spyware in recent versions I believe). So far StarDL has worked like a charm for me.
     
  24. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    Yeah I tried this quite a while ago and really like its setup and features. Not sure why I got rid of it, but now I don't use any accelerators :(
     
  25. dusthazard

    dusthazard TS Rookie Posts: 37

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