I am looking for a good download utility that will not fill my pc with ads and spyware. I used Download Accellerator Pro on my last PC, but it put all sorts of unwanted stuff on my PC. What do you guys suggest I use?
I love GetRight and use it with broadband because it will download a huge file in segments. So instead of having a single 100kbps download, it can break the file into three segments at nearly 300kbps total. Plus it's nice to be able to queue stuff if the background and let the program automatically download everything for you.
Originally posted by muzikool I love GetRight and use it with broadband because it will download a huge file in segments. So instead of having a single 100kbps download, it can break the file into three segments at nearly 300kbps total. Plus it's nice to be able to queue stuff if the background and let the program automatically download everything for you.
I've been using Star Downloader. It's free and doesn't take up a lot of screen space (everything can go to system tray if you want it to). It also doesn't have any spyware or ads or anything. There's only 2 downsides I've seen to it so far. It doesn't always get downloads that go through a script, and I don't think it has a "leech everything from site" type feature (i.e. download all jpeg files from 1 webpage).
Fresh Downloader is free, but last time I used it, it kept buggin me to register it (no biggie, but still). You might want to take all these suggestions and check out c-net's download.com for user reviews.
That is actually incorrect. In fact the so called "download accelerators" help less for 56k. They most benefit broadband connections the most.
The problem with downloading a file in something like Internet Explorer (or even a download manager that does not split files) is that you may establish a connection with a server as a speed slower than your broadband connection is capable of handling.
The way these programs work is to split your download into several simultaneous connections. They then download different sections of the same file all at the same time. By establishing multiple connections at the same time, the total speed of the connections add up, and end up utilizing all of your bandwidth.
Instead of one connection to the server at 40kbps, you might have 5 connections for a grand total of 200kpbs, thus using up all your bandwidth (if that is the limit of your connection speed). This is an extreme example, however. I actually get a lot of connections that are near my broadband limit without using a "download accelerator."
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