Any recommendations for a free download manager?

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  1. DCM

    DCM Registered Member

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    I have used DAP for years but today, Speedbit took over my home page and I could not get rid of it.

    Over the years, I have seen more of Speedbit than I want and since it is so obnoxious, I am finally going to replace Download Accelerator. It was uninstalled about an hour ago.

    Can anyone here recommend a free or low cost download accelerator or manager?

    Thanks
     
  2. dw426

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    Well, for Firefox I'm using DownloadThemAll. It works very well for the websites that allow a download manager's use. For IE, I'm sorry, I haven't used one with it for quite some time so I wouldn't know the more recent options.
     
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    I use two, both freeware, the one Arup referred to FDM and DLExpert - both
    have resuming ability - FDM has the ability to grab Flash Videos whereas
    DLEpert has a Drag'n Drop ability.

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Download-Managers/DLExpert.shtml

    The problem lately appears to be that sites like that for 'AVG free' no longer
    allow for download managers but their product has gone from say 12 Meg. to
    46 Meg. - on dial-up it makes it difficult to download 46 Meg. in the hours allowable without a resumer.
     
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    Have tried all and find Orbit the fastest-also trouble and ad free:thumb:
    ps Longboard-have tested Leechget against Orbit-Orbit is faster
     
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    I used to use DAP a long time ago on dialup. It worked as advertised back then. I have used Opera for so long with it's built in download manager I have not needed any other.

    Recently while experimenting with Kmeleon more I started using Winget. I like it because it is basic (always nice in my book) and it has the option to start up (it sits in tray) and then shut down (as in, no tray icon/ no resources used) when downloads are finished.

    I have tried the others mentioned, but I prefer a more lean approach.

    Sul.
     
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  9. Arup

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    Orbit is the fastest when P2P is enabled, no doubt about that.
     
  10. DCM

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    Thanks for all the responses. It looks like I have many choices. Yesterday, I installed Orbit and will try it a few days then switch to one of the other recommendations and will continue doing that until I find the one I like best.

    Thanks again for the help
     
  11. DCM

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    I just completed my first download with Orbit and it is far superior to DAP. Fast and allowed me to create a new folder for the destination.

    It will be interesting to see if there is anything better among the others recommended.

    Thanks
     
  12. Arup

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    Make sure to enable all the acclerate features under Preferences to make it the fastest. Also apply the TCP/IP limit removal patch via Preferences>others. It works for all flavors of x32 Windows but not for x64.
     
  13. Espresso

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    Orbit is nice but I keep going back to Flashget 1.73. It's the Kerio 2.15 of download managers.
     
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    Free download manager. Good integration, minimal browsing slowdown.
     
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