Free Download Manager 2.5

Free Heavy weight champion of download managers, yet efficient and easy to use
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Free download manager is an efficient, easy to use download manager released under GNU GPL, i.e. it's open source software. It lets you download files from various websites or servers through HTTP, HTTPS & FTP. It gets its incredible speed by splitting the download file into many parts (a maximum of 999!) and then downloading them all simultaneously. This increases the speed of download as well as allows you to efficiently use your whole bandwidth. It also has a special feature, with the help of which you can give your browser a higher priority than your download, so that you can browse at faster speed while downloading. One special addition to the manager is the video grabber. It helps you to grab videos from sites like Youtube, MySpace videos, Dailymotion, Yahoo, etc. That means you can download videos right away instead of having to wait for them to load onto your browser. And then using its built-in converter you can just convert video files into other formats like mpeg4, divx etc. It also has a built-in service of checking your download for virus infections by linking with your antivirus and thus safeguarding your computer. The program also lets you read about other FDM users' opinions about a download and thus saves you from useless or malicious downloads. It can also link with torrent downloads and thus save your time and money.

The software's different mode feature allows you to shift between various default settings to optimize your internet and memory usage. It can also resume broken downloads so that you don’t have to re-download the same file after casual interruptions. Also the application warns you about whether the file can be resumed or not. It saves the various passwords you have for downloading sites thus reducing your headache of remembering them. It has a resizable history memory, so you can re-download any of your past downloads, if you accidently deleted them. Also there is no need to reboot your computer after installing FDM (unlike other download managers), saving your precious time. It can be scheduled to start at the start up of computer and to exit, hang up the connection, or shutdown your pc, after the download is over.

All in all, if you are looking for a simple solution to all your downloading problems FDM 2.5 is the answer…..

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  • User friendly interface
  • High acceleration limit
  • Built-in video grabber and converter
  • BITTorrent support and built-in upload manager for BITTorrent
  • Enhanced audio/video files support, ZIP files preview
  • Virus check on downloads and malicious software alert
  • Can be scheduled to exit, hang up the connection, or shutdown your pc, after the download is over
  • Download window can be hidden temporarily or permanently
  • Its free with no need for registration


  • Can grab videos from limited number of sites
  • The help section can be given a better look

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rating Anne
I love, love, love this program my problem is, my computers have all been junk and will blue screen or black screen on me or just eat/burn up the computer and I keep losing my puzzles. I thought I had saved all of them to a back up but they didn't go through and I did not know this until I tried to set them up on my new computer UGH! But I still love the program. I paid for numerous amount of the puzzles and now afraid I have lost the puzzles for good this time.

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rating Bugs
What crap...only from YouTube? You kidding me? There's so many other downloaders out there that work on ANY site. Definitely a NO for this!

3 months ago Was it helpful?  yes(1) no(0) | Reply
Of course it can download from any site. But in order to be able to download media content from various media sites you'll need to install add-on. Read this for more details:

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rating star boii
Very very fast and simple.

Oct 25, 2022 Was it helpful?  yes(1) no(0) | Reply

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