YTD Video Downloader

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works well, but changes Home/Search plus Chrome addons"

    May 16, 2013  |   By rdunn

    Pros

    Works well. Downloads, and converts even in free version (just not automatically during download).

    Cons

    Installing the current setup download version does NOT provide a "Decline" option... it did offer to take me to the 'Car Town' app on Facebook, with an opt-out checkbox for that FB app only... and that occurred during only one installation out of three, since I reinstalled to confirm there's no 'Decline'.
    Sure, the author needs a revenue stream... but the aggressive install of 'extras' (without a Decline) is sad... and circumspect/suspicious.
    Still, I might recommend the program... if you can clean up your Home and Search defaults, and strip the -forced- addons installed into Chrome (which thankfully alerted me with a little 'badge' on its Settings button (three horizontal bar button)). As far as I can tell it was only Chrome that was so targeted... and Chrome gave me an option to remove the addons after clicking the Settings menu alert.

    Summary

    I usually just raid my browsers' caches (search for gigantic/huge/large files)... but this downloader was convenient for a friend (I thought), and is offered on CNET (huh)... removal of the 'Decline' option must have slipped by them?
    YTD seems like a very convenient program for some users, if they or a techy friend can strip/repair the junk installed along with it.
    YTD actually works well to download, and it provides a tab for converting for specific devices (even without going 'Pro' version).
    Unfortunately the aggressive addon/etc installs make this program setup rather unsuitable for casual computer users. Disappointing.

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