The internet is full of download managers. Choosing the right product is a difficult task. Even the fastest internet browser need some downloading tools. They also do not utilize the maximum bandwidth speed. For this purpose, you need to buy the fastest download manager which can make downloading faster. To make internet faster in Windows 8 or 8.1, you need to have the right download manager. Otherwise, some products come with crappy adware that can become hindrance to the browsing experience.
Checking each download manager present on the internet can become a daunting task even for the hard-working Windows user. For this purpose, I reviewed a few websites which do reviews on software products. You not only know the editor rating, but also the user’s ratings. This will give enough confidence to try such products before you buy it. Three major sites that do reviews about internet download managers are CNET, Majorgeeks and Softonic.
Why CNET Reviews cannot be believed?
Though Google rates CNET reviews on top of search engine rankings, it has lot of “cooked” up crap. Most of the editor ratings are not of “honest” opinion and if you observe the reviews, you can know yourself. Also, downloads from this site contain lot of adware, spyware and other unwanted crap. Most of the CNET download.com stuff is filled with crappy bundleware.
So as a caution, buyers and visitors also must see the user’s ratings and reviews on this site.
Why Majorgeeks is better ?
If you observe this site, a clear picture and honest review of the product is given. It clearly mentions whether a given software has any adware or bundleware. This is useful for a casual or un-suspecting user, who just clicks on “Next” button to install a particular software. Also the products are listed in categories. The display of items is very refined with the release date, download size, kind of software, price, operating system and popularity clearly mentioned.
This is one of the fastest and simple download manager for Windows. It has been ranked #3 in download managers on CNET. It has over 58.4million + downloads. You have a 30day free trial to test its features, before you buy it.
On Majorgeeks there are about 206 votes that gives a full 5 star rating. It has been downloaded 150k+ times on this site. It ranks on #1 while sorted on popularity.
Softonic rating is very good for this software and 5514 users have given an average rating of 7.4 on this site. It has been downloaded 22million + times from Softonic. The best part is its support for Windows 10.
This software has download limits and quotas feature. This feature is useful for connections that use some kind of fair access policy like Direcway, Direct PC, Hughes etc. IDM supports main authentication protocols like basic, negotiate, NTLM and Keberos. It can access many Internet and proxy servers using login and password details. It integrates with many browsers.
For a complete review and detailed tutorial on this download manager, you can visit this link. http://www.windowstechit.com/4085/internet-download-manager-review-options-windows/.
jDownloader 2.0 (Freeware):
Softonic has given an 8 rating and the user rating is 7.0. The download manager is downloaded 27.06+ million times from this website.
The total downloads of Windows version on CNET website is 402k +. It has been downloaded 21k+ times on MajorGeeks and works on Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP.
This is a good download manager for downloading files from file hosting services like rapidshare, mediafire, 4shared etc. It has also a portable version. It allows creation of long lists of downloads and can be downloaded in sequence or even simultaneously. It also provides excellent premium account management for all existing hosting services. It assigns a new IP address to a free account holder of as hosting service. Its features are self-explanatory and recognizes multiple addresses that one can copy to the clipboard. It has support for more than 300 file hosts.
This is listed as #16 in the category of “YouTube Downloaders” on Softonic. It has a user rating of 5.5 and there are 116k+ downloads from this site.
This is listed as #25 in the category of “Download Managers” on CNET. There have been a total of 345k+ downloads from this site. The download on this site is mentioned to be 5.56MB. 13 people have given a 5 star rating out of the total 19 votes polled till now.
This is listed on #2 in the list of “Download Managers” on MajorGeeks. The latest version is 188.8.131.52 and the download size is 8.39MB. It has been downloaded 63,891 times to-date from this site. It works on different Windows operating systems like 10, 8.1,7, Vista and XP. The official website of this software is also mentioned. 76 people have voted a 5 star rating.
This free universal download accelerator can download video from popular sites. It also supports different protocols like HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, MMS and RTSP protocol. It can accelerate downloads upto 6 times. It is specifically optimized for 1080p, 720p HD and HTML5 online videos. It can also act as a multi-talented manager.
There are also some buggy features in this software. CNET reports that the Video Sniffer feature is not working as intended. It is supposed to let you search for videos without actually opening the browser. But it doesn’t give any search results when done this way. We are required to paste the direct URL of the video, to get access to it.
A MajorGeeks user says that it’s better to use a portable program. Uninstall and installation features are not coded properly. The full install add crap to the registry which make uninstallation little difficult. So you need to manual clean the registry after uninstallation.
Internet Download Accelerator (Freeware)
This has more than 2.1 million + download on CNET. It is ranked #32 in Download Managers. It has 86 full star ratings of the total of 166 votes. The latest version is 6.2 and the file size is 5.58 MB.
This has a 5 star rating from 65 votes on Majorgeeks. This works on various Windows OS like 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP. It is downloaded 59k times from this site. This software is produced by Westbyte.
This download manager make a significant difference to download speeds. It includes a scheduler and broken download resume. It features a bandwidth throttle. In the latest version it improved download from HTTPS servers. It improved video download from video-services. It added new connection types like 100Mb/s+ and 1Gb/s+.
The Softonic review says that this software does not speed up downloads significantly as boasted by the developers. It is free for non-commercial use. CNET user says that this manager works better with Windows XP, but having trouble with Windows 7. But this was in 2011.
Free Download Manager (Freeware)
It has a Softonic rating of 7 and user rating of 7.1. The product is downloaded 4.6+ millions times from this site. The latest version is 3.9.5 build 1537 and has a download size of 10.23 MB.
It has been downloaded 6.7+ million times from CNET and last updated on 14th April 2015. It is listed as #7 in the category of “Download Managers”. It can work on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP. It is download 161k + times from MajorGeeks.
It has the ability to import downloads from uTorrent and Orbit clients. Better allocation of traffic between active downloads. It fixed a major bug (YouTube video+audio not merging properly) in the latest version. You can download videos from YouTube, Google Video and many other such sites.
The video can be saved to native .flv format or converted to popular video formats. Site Explorer gives the option to view folder structure of a web site and easily download necessary files and folders. You can download whole web sites with HTML spider.
One of the user on MajorGeeks complains that it has bad 64bit operating system performance. It doesn’t support 64 bit browsers. It crashes on IE new tab. CNET review says that, it can be difficult to find the downloaded file on the computer. The help documentation is very long and complex. This can make beginners very hard to understand its features.
In my experience, I have used variety of download managers and add-ons to make internet faster. But by observing many reviews and articles on different sites, I find that IDM is very easy to operate and gives you the required features for your money. Though certain free download managers like Orbit, VCatcher, Free YouTube Downloader, GetRight have good ratings on CNET, they are still to be tested for compatibility issues.
Though the main features of many download managers are same, some are good at what they say. IDM full utilization of bandwidth speed and increase in download speeds by 5x times faster, is a useful feature. Also I find it useful in downloading YouTube videos. Also don’t install too many download managers, as that can complicate your browsing experience.
As a last resort, just uninstall and use a register cleaner if you don’t like any of the above software. Most of the above download managers have good ratings on different sites, like Jdownloader and each one has a special feature than the other.