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Free Download Manager v3.9.7 build 1625 Updated

Checker on 24 Nov 2015
  • 17MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 24 Nov 2015
  • Suggested by Sydney2K

Free Download Manager (FDM) is a feature-rich tool for handling and accelerating downloads. Includes a site explorer, offline website downloader, scheduler, video downloader (YouTube, Google Video, etc.), BitTorrent support, and more. An included media file preview prevents downloading mislabeled music or video while a ZIP file preview tool saves download time and bandwidth by selectively removing unneeded parts. A hash check capability can verify downloads and the program can be controlled remotely over the Internet (fdmwi.exe).

Especially useful to overcome unreliable/slow connections that require frequent download restarts, when bandwidth is at a premium, or for very large files.

Alternatively, Free Download Manager Portable is available, as well as a "lite" version, which has not been tested for portability.

System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder. It writes some values to the registry, but these are not related to any user settings.
Dependencies: WinXP: requires Service Pack 3 or above
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and install to the default folder
  2. Run the program and from the menu, select "File" - "Create Portable Version" and copy to a folder of your choice
  3. Uninstall the program
  4. Optionally, delete unins000.exe and unins000.dat
  5. Launch fdm.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Web Downloader
What's new?
  • Unicode support.
  • YouTube downloads thorough processing.
  • General bug fixes.
Latest comments
Napiophelios on 2012-08-13 06:21

The PAF launcher isnt really stealth either (unless you already have these registry keys,which I didnt),
it creates several registry entries for me:

Keys added:4
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\User Agent
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\User Agent\Post Platform
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-73586283-839522115-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-73586283-839522115-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\Software

bzl333 on 2015-02-24 05:17

Excellent program. Seems to have everything that my commercial downloader program (IDM) has and more. Didn't test for browser integration or website downloader because i don't really need, but everything else works great.

webfork on 2015-04-26 21:34

Love this program particularly for infrequent or bad internet connections. Helps restart, resume, and find the best connections for downloads. I also use it for the occasional Linux or other big file distribution torrent.

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EagleGet v2.0.4.6 Updated

Checker on 24 Oct 2015
  • 17MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 24 Oct 2015
  • Suggested by Midas

EagleGet helps create an easy-to-use, all-in-one method for downloads via the web including popular online audio and video sites or streams. The program includes speed limits, scheduling, proxy controls, and the ability to pause, resume, and categorize your downloads. It can be integrated to a variety of web browsers and uses a variety of tricks to try and boost your download speed.

Supports HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, MMS and RTSP protocols and works with Chrome, IE, Firefox, Opera, and Maxthon.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder: \eagleget_portable\Eagleget\UserData
Stealth: ? No. Writes to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\EagleGet unless auto-update check is disabled as in extract instructions and key is deleted.
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch EagleGet.exe. Note that the program will launch a browser at startup.

For greater stealth/portability, the following steps are also recommended:

  1. Open Options (a box next to the minimize button) and choose Configurations
  2. Uncheck Launch EagleGet on Windows Startup
  3. Check Disable Automatic Update Check
  4. Uncheck Join EUEP to Help us Improve EagleGet
  5. Click the Monitoring tab and then Uncheck all items under Browser Integration including monitoring for File Hosting Sites if present
Similar/alternative apps: Free Download Manager
What's new? Fixed:
  • Cannot download files through ALT+CTRL hotkey.
  • Cannot download files from some websites.
  • Incorrect file extension while capturing from some websites.
  • Cannot automatic install EagleGet Firefox plugin.
  • Instability problems related to clipboard.
  • Other minor problems.
  • The universal capture mode through win+insert hotkey.
Latest comments
jessharpur on 2015-08-20 01:52

You might like to re-check EagleGet's portable status. I had an email conversation with the devs a few versions ago about writing to the registry etc., and as far as I can tell they have acted upon it. On my system, a registry search for "eagle" produces no hits, regardless of the status of auto-update check in EagleGet|Configurations. Older versions also put the file EagleGet.sys in the System32 folder, but that behaviour also seems to have been corrected.
Hope this helps.

jessharpur on 2015-08-20 01:54

@Midas - sorry if I mistakenly tagged you. Perhaps I should have tagged @Checker ?

Midas on 2015-08-26 13:39

@jessharpur: thanks. No problem as comments are public -- but such details are usually debated at the forum, where they get more attention (follow double-balloon icon, second to last from the entry's header).

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BitComet v1.40 Updated

Checker on 6 Sep 2015
  • 41MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 6 Sep 2015
  • Suggested by xlioilx

BitComet is a manager for web, FTP, and BitTorrent downloads supporting simultaneous connections, file queue, selected torrent package contents, fast-resume, chatting, disk cache, speed limits, port mapping, proxy, IP filter, etc.

It requires generally less CPU and memory than many Java or .NET-based clients.

Note: There have been various criticisms leveled against this client.

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder).

System Requirements: WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder.
Dependencies: MSXML3 or above (installed by default with IE6 or WinXP, or available from Microsoft as a separate download)
Stealth: ? No. Writes a few window-related settings to the registry.
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch BitComet.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Free Download Manager, qBitTorrent
What's new?
  • GUI Improved: Support Windows 10.
  • GUI Bugfix: Torrent make dialog not displayed when drag-n-drop files to the web-view pane in main window.
  • Core Bugfix: When delete download task and its files together, sometimes certain sub-directories are not removed.
Latest comments
carbonize on 2013-05-06 12:44

I personally hate programs that try to do everything as they invariably fail to be good at any of it. BitComet is basically trying to become Shareaza. Do people even use the eDonkey network any more?

Midas on 2013-11-21 22:35

Carbonize comment above seems to imply that eMule functionality is built-in BitComet, when in fact it resides in a separated plugin... IMHO, BitComet provides for a comprehensive and rather good downloading solution (encompassing regular, media and torrent downloads).

CornHolio the Gringo on 2015-03-31 20:43

I used BitComet as the first torrent client back in the ol days.
Then uTorrent arrived, and I stuck with it for the low resource usage.


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TVideoDownloader v1.6

SYSTEM on 2 Aug 2015
  • 53MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 2 Aug 2015
  • Suggested by ozok

TVideoDownloader is a video downloader that works with many video sites, including YouTube, Dailymotion, faceboo, funnyordie, metcafe, and many more. Download features include a variety of video formats, batch downloads, downloading audio only, and post-download conversion. The program can run several download processes to increase total download speed. Supports multiple instances and some login/password interfaces.

The program built from TEncoder's video downloader function (same author) and functions as a powerful front-end for youtube-dl.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE to a folder of your choice. Launch TVideoDownloader(version)portable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: TEncoder
What's new?
  • Added: Preview for youtube videos
  • Added: Option to import links from text files
  • Fixed: Remove button on list items didn't function
  • Fixed: Removing one item from the list didn't move other item to the top of the list
  • Updated: Internal libraries

Web Downloader v1.2.1.0

Midas on 24 Feb 2015
  • 694KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Oct 2014
  • Suggested by cmmehl

Web Downloader is a download manager that supports drag-and-drop or clipboard monitoring of download links. You can use multiple threads for better speed as well as stop/resume downloads at will. The program supports the use of relative paths for the download directory, avoiding drive letter change problems associated with USB drives.

System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch WebDownload.exe
  3. Optionally, enable "use all relative paths" in "Options > Preferences dialog ..."
What's new?
  • "drop box" now works fine on older OS's too, and not only on Win7
  • updates can now be checked from inside the program
  • browser context menu code has been remade and now works
  • few bugs on the menus were corrected
  • some minor issues re-done
Latest comments
Rcalbuth on 2012-08-31 13:09

Good App...
I have unsuccessfuly tried to download a large ISO file using Google Chrome or Firefox. Download was uncomplete.
Download was OK with WEBDownloader

smaragdus on 2014-10-01 03:45

The latest version of Web Downloader is

Checker on 2014-10-01 17:52

@ smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)

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