In a nutshell
▶ IDM (Internet Download Manager) is the best download manager for Windows, but it is not free.
▶ Many have got their computer hacked using keygens and cracks for IDM. This made me come up with a list of Free download managers that can act as an alternative to IDM and are also safe to use.
▶ Over the years, numerous download managers have popped up on the Internet, but I have tested all of them to give you the best.
▶ Whether you’re a web video addict, constant software downloader, MP3 freak, or BitTorrent junkie, I have found some power downloading tools for you.
▶ Continue reading to know the best Download Managers or Accelerators for Windows.
Downloads via Internet is very common. Can you tell me how many times in a day do you download?
May be you would not even have kept a count of it. That’s because we download numerous times a day.
When downloads play such a huge role in our everyday Internet life, don’t you feel that you need a tool that helps you in downloading in a simpler and faster way ?
Download Managers – Yes, these are the tools that help you accelerate, manage and time all of your downloads.
One extremely useful feature of download managers are in resuming interrupted transfers. Now, that I feel is so important.
I have faced situations where I was downloading a 1GB file and the download stopped right at 95%. I had to again start it from the first..
God! I get damn frustrated in such scenarios. Even you would have faced many such situations, right!
This is the reason why I feel download managers are a must have on one’s computer.
How do download managers speed-up downloads?
The backbone of download managers are file segmentation and multi-part downloading.
That is, splitting the file up into many pieces, and downloading each chunk simultaneously. This is what accelerates the file download.
They simply have multiple connections open to a site to speed things up.
Amazingly, sometimes it can speed up your downloads by almost five to ten times.
Some frown on this, but the positive is: you get the file quicker while using the same amount of data transfer.
Which is the best?
Over the years, numerous download managers have popped up, but I have tested all of them to give you the best.
Whether you’re a web video addict, constant software downloader, MP3 freak, or BitTorrent junkie, I have found some power downloading tools for you.
So, here are my picks of the best free download managers that get you the files you want fast and easy.
Free Download Manager (FDM) is a free, open-source and a comprehensive Internet download manager.
FDM accelerates downloads by splitting files into sections and then downloading them simultaneously.
As a result download speed increases up to 600%, or even more!
FDM also resumes broken downloads so that you need not start downloading from the beginning after casual interruption.
Besides supporting the HTTP, HTTPS, FTP and BitTorrent protocols, the Free Download manager can also grab flash video content from various websites such as YouTube, Daily Media and Google Video.
One of the features that sets Free Download Manager apart from other similar software is the fact that it contains a media converter .
Furthermore, users can also extract the contents of the archives they download within the tool or even do a virus check using the antivirus solution installed on their computer.
If you want to boost your download speed for free, this utility is certainly worth a try.
JDownloader is a easy-to-use download manager that lets you quickly and efficiently download files from Internet.
This Java-based utility makes the whole file downloading process effortless, saving you the pain of endless pop-up windows, waiting times and download links cunningly hidden among dozens of Ads..
With this awesome utility you can simply add as many download links to it which will all be stored and processed one after the other.
The image verification or CAPTCHA is filled in automatically by JDownloader which means that you can keep it running in the background all the time without having to actively manage the downloads.
Additionally, many “link encryption” sites are supported – so you just paste the “encrypted” links and JD does the rest.
JDownloader can import CCF, RSDF and the new DLC files.
It allows you to download flash videos from various video hosting websites like YouTube, Vimeo, clipfish video etc.
I need not speak about JDs ability to easily download streaming MP3s.
It can also automatically acquire a new IP address to save waiting time.
With JDownloader your downloads will be completed much faster!
FlashGet looks and feels like a download accelerator worth paying for, which makes it all the more appealing since it’s free.
After installation, a FlashGet icon appears on the upper right corner of your monitor where you can simply drag and drop the links to downloaded.
FlashGet can also integrate into your browser and take control over the files you attempt to download while surfing the web.
The best thing about FlashGet is actually the way it works. It’s incredibly fast and simple to use.
Every time you right-click a link that leads to a downloadable file, FlashGet comes into play and takes over.
FlashGet can call anti-virus automatically to clean virus, spyware and adware after finishing download.
Flashget can increase download speed from 6-10 times. It uses MHT (Multi-server Hyper-threading Transportation) technique and optimization arithmetic.
FlashGet supports HTTP, FTP, BT, MMS, RTSP and many other protocols.
FlashGet surely packs enough features to make it fun to use while providing great capabilities.
Download Accelerator Plus is a well-packed internet download accelerator that claims to increases your download speed by 400%.
In fact, high download speeds are Download Accelerator Plus’s bread and butter.
Besides splitting files into smaller pieces, DAP automatically searches several locations (mirrors) and use them for getting the files you need with increased speed.
It also can get a file simultaneously from several sites, which is useful if a particular site limits the download speed.
It can resume downloads; and it can preview some media files while downloading.
When you click on a download link, you’ll see that a Download Accelerator Plus has been integrated into your browser as an add-on and it will automatically take care of your downloads.
Download Accelerator Plus works with a Multi-Antivirus security analysis to protect you from most malicious downloads.
DAP allows you to schedule automatically put your PC into standby mode or hibernate it or even completely shut it down after a download has completed.
Supporting all the latest browser, customized to 42 different languages and optimized for HTTPS downloads, Download Accelerator is your choice for supersonic downloads.
Orbit Downloader is an excellent download manager for easily downloading videos, flash games, and large batches of files.
Being a leader of download manager revolution, Orbit Downloader is now devoted to new generation web2.0 downloading, such as video/music/streaming media from Myspace, YouTube, Imeem, Pandora, Rapidshare, support RTMP.
The application is based on P2P and multi-source technology which increases speed by up to 500%.
The main window comes with all the common functions needed to handle a download, including the usual start, pause, stop, delete buttons plus some extra features such as scheduler and file renaming.
Orbit Downloader supports HTTP/FTP/HTTPS/RTSP/MMS/RTMP protocols and provides a total solution to download rich media.
Orbit Downloader is not just another download manager, but a complete application that includes useful tools to make your downloads faster and easier to manage.
Nevertheless, anyone downloading large numbers of files will find this freeware indispensable.
So these are some of the best download managers.
I personally tested, analyzed and made an extensive survey on Internet before choosing all 5 of them.
Since all the listed download managers are free, they try to promote third-party ads or install some unnecessary toolbars.
However, it can be prevented by carefully installing, looking at every checkbox while you install.
But these softwares are a must have tool on one’s computer. Go for it. Choose the one you like and install it on your computer.
Download managers will certainly make your Internet life more easy and enjoyable.
What is your take on the free best internet download managers or accelerators for windows? Let me know!