YTD Video Downloader

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installs things I don't want without asking me"

    January 8, 2013  |   By 123959

    Pros

    > It does what it says, the video downloading aspect works

    Cons

    > It installs several other pieces of software and automatically sets them to auto-start on your computer or start with your browser without informing you or giving you the option to avoid this. They must also be uninstalled manually.

    Summary

    Please don't support software that does things without letting you know. This software is absolutely horrible. I didn't even keep the one video I downloaded with it because I was too appalled by this program's secrecy.

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  • Reply by InterPersonality on February 3, 2013

    What rubbish! It says "Do you want to instal ****?" - all you gotta do is unslsect the option. Duh!

  • Reply by crewsgil on January 26, 2013

    It only installs the other software if you leave the check-boxes pre-checked. Simply clear each check box and remove all unwanted software options as you go through the installation.

    It both lets you know, and gives you the option. You downloaded it two weeks before me, so perhaps it has changed (for the better) but I got what I wanted-- the downloader, and it did what I wanted (five times and counting) without adding any of the other software add-ons.

    This is a good time to remind everyone that free software often uses add-ons for advertising income. Most will install with the add-ons also being installed by default-- so READ your way through the installation programs and ALWAYS customize the installation to avoid such unwanted results.

    Yeah, I was the guy who read the manuals way back in the day when software had manuals.

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