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Best download manager

By duku ยท 203 replies
Feb 16, 2002
  1. JC_SE

    JC_SE TS Rookie Posts: 34

    Firefox 2.0

    I think I'll try Firefox too before I install a download manager.
    The last version I tried was Firefox and I got problems at forums
    when making posts and more. I still liked Firefox somehow and actually
    I was waiting for a better version. Some pages isn't updated however
    and the swedish mozilla webpage was still talking about v1.5.0.1...
    Here's available versions in different languages:

    If Firefox still is bad, I'll try FDM
    And if FDM sux, then I'll try Star downloader :)
  2. JC_SE

    JC_SE TS Rookie Posts: 34


    Maxthon, "a tabbed browser with a highly customizable interface".
    Sounds interesting. There's language packs for Maxthon, in swedish
    too. But I've read the features and some reviews and I cannot find
    anything about broken downloads. So I think I'll try Firefox. ​
  3. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    yes i've realized that already.. i was referring to the Pocket PC/Opera Mobile version which isn't free.. just a 30 day trial.. i'm at a dead end trying to find a suitable replacement for my pocket PC's IE program...
  4. JC_SE

    JC_SE TS Rookie Posts: 34

    Firefox sux

    Firefox sux :grinthumb
    I think much stuff in Firefox isn't as good as IE!!!

    BUT Firefox downloader seems to be good. And fast!
    Until I find something better or if there's issues later on, I'll
    use IE as default browser and Firefox as download manager :)
  5. Zolga

    Zolga TS Rookie Posts: 56

    FlashGet always will be...
  6. Tarzan G.

    Tarzan G. TS Rookie

    I keep reading about others using Flashget download manager. Every copy I've tried comes with Trojan's,spyware, and really exploiting the bho function. Even when I download straight from the vendors download site. Anyone know of a clean flashget version download site.
    I use Getright 6.0 Pro, have found it to be spyware or trojan free for over a year.
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    The only version of Flashget I know that doesn`t come bundled with adware is the paid for version.

    The quote button is there so you can quote someone elses post. You might want to do this if you`re replying to a post that`s a few posts above the last post in the thread for instance.

    You simply click on the quote button in whichever post you wish to quote, then add your reply.

    If you don`t want to quote the whole post, you don`t have to. If that`s the case, just copy the text you want to quote and paste it into your replay. Highlight the quoted text with your mouse and click the quote button in the reply window. Of course you can quote the full post, then edit out the bits you don`t want if you find it easier.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  8. akhill

    akhill TS Rookie

    Im using Internet download manager .... simply its great.
  9. Zeratul

    Zeratul TS Rookie Posts: 70

    Now, this is the best thread i've ever seen.
    Contains many opinions, tons of opinions.

    But I have question. How can any of you be sure that any of the stated download managers is free of spywares or adwares?

    Some of you said that DAP is full of spywares (i believe it is a spyware itself :D), so how can others be sure that StarDownloader is like it, for instance?

    Any comment
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    Well if its spyware and a download manager its not going to slip through the cracks, it would be publically known. AVG's spyware thing, AdAware, and Spybot would likely pick it up.

    Unless you are consistently unable to max your connection downstream while downloading there really is no reason to use a download manager anymore. Firefox and Opera, and maybe even IE 7 will resume a download if its broken.
  11. ReubenNYC

    ReubenNYC TS Rookie

    Paraben's Download Manager 2.1???


    I figure I would love to stumble across this info...hope it helps others.
    Every sixth months or so I find myself reinstalling everything on my computer for one reason or another. Each time I do this I try to pick the best applications to install that will keep my computer running flawlessly while using as little RAM as possible (of course, always far from flawless). I make sure I always install

    +Adaware SE Personal
    +Google Toolbar & Google Desktop (Desktop, though, has been unreliable crap lately--there's nothing more annoying them clicking on a file it has found to learn it no longer is in that place and Desktop is no help...so back to the tried and proven Win file search...
    +Firefox & way too many plugins/addons/whatever--it seems like I need them all, but I don't...
    +Internet Explorer because Firefox is to flightly--the same goes for IE
    +Download Them All
    +Picasa - even though I don't use it as often as Windows Picture & Fax Viewer
    +an anti-virus program -- now it's Norton Anti-Virus 2005SE packed conveniently in Google's new Updater - this version doesn't get in the way like most other programs do -- Google Updater saves a lot of time on these complete reinstalls...
    +Windows Media Player -- which I've been trying to dump for a more streamlined program like Media Player Classic or VLC Media Player, but just haven't been able to make the leap - I've put so much time into finetuning WMP it's hard to just dump it...
    +Spybot Search & Destroy which -always- disappears after running a few times...and it's never really found any spyware for me???
    +TuneUp Utilities 200X - great all-in-one cleanup program

    And Photoshop & Office 2003 (I installed the beta of 2007 and thought it was crap-I like to know where features are when using these programs-hopefully MS fixed a lot of what I thought were issues. Same goes for Vista--no thanks for now...

    Lastly, a Download Manager - which always seems to be a different application each time.

    This time around I was using FlashGet to download a trial of Photoshop (329MB). Not too difficult a task. FlashGet slowly (~40 KB/sec) downloaded the whole file then somehow lost the whole thing at 99%. At this point completely over downloading and my current dl manager I set out to find the "best" download manager for my type of computing. I do a lot of things at once--too many, probably--but that's not going to change. So I started downloading and running several dl managers all working on the same file, Photoshop. It was definitely an eye-opener to see which programs could hang and which would hang. All the programs are listed below, best performers for my particular test listed first:

    +++ Paraben's Download Manager (120KB/s) - AMAZING SPEED, comparatively. Never heard of it before today, but it's my new dl mgr. It was one of the last programs to start downloading and it was the 1st to finish.
    ++ Orbit (90KB/s) - this one swiftly and quietly downloaded with no problems. I've never heard of this or Paraben's before today--makes me wonder if there are even faster programs out there? For now I'll stick with these first two and uninstall the rest.
    + Internet Download Manager (70KB/s) - another great program. If I had to complain, I'd say this one goes overkill with "status" windows and other status indicators--like three at once, I think...all different???

    +/- Download Them All - couldn't handle the large file--I stopped it several times after restarting with a new download. DTA is really better at downloading a bunch of small files at once. Firefox wouldn't be complete w/o DTA.
    +/- FlashGet -lost all 329MB at 99% then stopped at 66% after dl'ing at 40KB/sec. It never finished. It did, however, pop up to download all the other dl mgr's I installed after it... I guess this one's okay it not pushed too hard???

    - Free Download Manager - this one kept downloading the wrong file...instead of the exe file, it would download a tiny index file and say, "completed." After a few futile attempts to get it on track, I UNINSTALLED. These things need to be easy...
    -- Internet Download Accelerator - Crap--it kept beeping and opening window after window, giving me message after message about it needing to do this and that. Never even started the download--even after opening over 100 windows. --UNINSTALLED--

  12. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    I like Alligator 1.34, which is free, easy, and extremely reliable... has a sound feature you may wish to disable.
  13. provolino

    provolino TS Rookie

    Really thaks for your chart :)

    I tried Orbit as suggested by you and I found it the best dm I used !!! :D

    I didn't try Paraben because it's old and no more supported by developers (I found the info on the paraben website).

    Orbit is very updated instead (latest version is Jan 2007)

    Thanks again friend ;)
  14. Zeratul

    Zeratul TS Rookie Posts: 70

    Hey guys, I have a question.
    Is there any download manager that supports adjusting its downloading speed using a text file (script) according to the hours of the day?
    i.e. i want to write some file that this download manages takes and modifies its dl speed according to what's written inside that script .

    I have a shared internet connection and in some periods of the day, no one but me exists on the network, so, i want to schedule the program with times of the day at which it should operate at full speed while other times, it lowers its speed.

    clear ??! :D Please
  15. D!mon

    D!mon TS Rookie

  16. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +36

    I prefer using Opera's inbuilt download manager for everything. Works like a charm and it also acts as a BitTorrent client!
  17. marcuskarl73

    marcuskarl73 TS Rookie

    I've been using Internet Download Manager . Had no prblms so far
  18. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Alligator 1.35 and Fresh Devices FTP also work well... and are free.
  19. Yakob

    Yakob TS Rookie Posts: 55

    personally i like flashget, only because i use it with the flashgot/get extension for firefox.
  20. _FAKE_

    _FAKE_ TS Rookie Posts: 116

    Internet download manager all the way, fastest download manager I have ever used, and i have used a lot, incl: Download Accelerator Plus 8.1, GetRight 6.2, FlashGet 1.8.1, Internet Download Accelerator, etc.

    - Very fast downloads
    - Resumes broken downloads
    - Pause downloads for later use
    - Download multiple files simultaneously
    - Easy to configure files
    - Download different file categories in different folders for easier selection
    - Create your own file categories
    - Virus scanner (IDM can use your anti-virus program to automatically scan downloaded files before they get onto your computer)
    - drag and drop
    - scheduler (not that i ever use it)
    - Easy to select which browser you want to integrate IDM into
    - And many more

    - Not free - 30 day trial.
    - Not very easy to set up automatic virus scanning after completed downloads.
    - and probably one or two more things, but nothing major

    Edited for legal reasons.
  21. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Does it work with Firefox and Opera?
  22. _FAKE_

    _FAKE_ TS Rookie Posts: 116

    yes, I'm using it with Firefox now, never used Opera but there is an option for that.
  23. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    But does the cost make up for the slight differences in performance, when there are so many good, free ones?
  24. Fiziks

    Fiziks Banned Posts: 226

    I agree with _FAKE_
    IDM is beyond the best
  25. Nawwar

    Nawwar TS Rookie

    +1 for Flashget, its the only one that works for me
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