Basic download manager

Manage multiple downloads with this simple program.

Sometimes it's enough to download a video or song by itself, but other times we find ourselves with multiple downloads going, which can get confusing and hard to manage. InstantGet is a download manager that helps organize downloads and claims to make them faster. Although we're not sure that the program's claims are accurate, overall, it seems to work well enough.

The program's interface is fairly basic, not differing significantly from that of other download managers we've encountered. It's not the most intuitive program we've ever seen, but with a bit of poking around it's easy enough to figure out its major features. There are several ways to start downloads with the program, including cutting and pasting the file's URL or just dragging and dropping it onto the interface. InstantGet seems to have a particular affinity for Internet Explorer--it automatically opened a page touting other programs by the same developer in IE even though it's not our default browser--and it can scan IE pages for downloadable files. As for InstantGet's claims that it downloads files up to five times faster than average, we're not so sure. The downloads certainly weren't slow, but they didn't necessarily seem blazingly fast, either. The program's built-in Help file is brief but adequate. Overall, we didn't encounter any serious problems with InstantGet, but nothing about it particularly impressed us, either.

InstantGet has a 60-day trial period. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

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