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Download managers...
Any recommendations?
Robert Charlton

 5:16 am on Jul 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

Perhaps a little off topic for this forum, but I hope of general enough interest... I'm looking for a download manager, to use with IE for Windows, before tackling some 20-meg downloads.

I've located one called GetRight that sounds like it has a good feature-set (will resume interrupted downloads; auto-disconnect after download; etc), but it gets very mixed reviews on some of the shareware sites... and it sounds like these utilities can mess up your system if they don't work right.

Any recommendations? It doesn't have to be freeware, but it does have to work... particularly with interrupted downloads. I don't want to go through a 20-meg download and then do an install and discover I've installed a corrupted file.



 5:30 am on Jul 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

The only problem with GetRight is that it is SpyWare. It sends back info to the mother ship on every file you download.

I use Leech FTP for a download manager. It does require right clicking a link and copying the link to the clipboard for it to capture, but it works great. It's free and the best ftp client I have found yet.


Grab a copy quick, as Leech is in the process of being upgraded to a commercial product called BitBeamer.


 10:22 am on Jul 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

I use download accelerator from lidan.com - the free version is ad sponsored but unless you sit there staring at your download progress window they aren't obtrusive :) It integrates with IE and netscape so that it kicks in automatically.


 10:30 am on Jul 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

I use Getright and have used DAP (Download Accelerator Plus) Getright is cool use it the most just minimise it and ya never see it :) i have used it to download 80MB+ MP3s and it works like a charm.

DAP is pretty cool too as if a file isnt resumable it can offer to download it as resumable.

OK I Probbably sound really naive here but what exactly does spyware do? and why is it so bad that they know what files you download? All they get is filenames right? and prolly millions of them at that.


 10:46 am on Jul 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

I use Getright.

It is a SpyWare, but you can "clean" it (and other Spyware programs) using ADaware 4.6, that you can download from:


You will be surprised on how many SpyWares could be installed in your computer...

CuteFTP is a SpyWare too, but after cleaning it it doesn't work any more.


 11:34 am on Jul 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

Spyware is about privacy, enough information is gathered on all of us allready that some people choose to refuse spyware. Some don't and if you dont mind people knowing what you download then thats up to you.

Just choice really.

Robert Charlton

 8:08 pm on Jul 15, 2001 (gmt 0)

ADaware is a nice program, and yes, you would be surprised how much spyware there is on your system.

Comments I've seen about GetRight suggest that they've dropped the spyware feature, but I'm not sure. Knighty's response is in line with those who like it.

Some people, though, report grief with their registry, etc, when trying to get rid of the spyware. Beyond that, posted reports on the shareware sites are abt 50-50 as to whether the program works at all.

Brett - re Leech FTP, thanks for the alert. It does look like a great FTP program, and they are soon to release a not-free product which will replace it. I can't for the life of me, though, figure out how to use it to download files from a webpage.

>>It does require right clicking a link and copying the link to the clipboard for it to capture, but it works great.<<

I'm sure there's something really basic here I don't know, but many links to files on webpages (not FTP sites) don't have the pathnames, so I'm not clear what I'm copying. Absolutely haven't a clue, and the documentation is kind of sketchy. Help....

Again, what I want is something that will download from the web, allow resume if something gets messed up, and will disconnect when the download is finished.


 8:05 am on Jul 16, 2001 (gmt 0)

I recently installed adware and it removed a lot of crap but when i checked the log there was no mention of anything to do with get right?

Does this mean i had a version with no spyware? or it just did'nt find it?

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