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Download Accelerator Plus (DAP)

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Just as in previous versions, Download Accelerator Plus 10 (free) boosts your download speeds by breaking files into smaller pieces, connecting to and downloading from multiple sources simultaneously, and even seeking out faster mirrors. What's different with this newest version, though, is the more streamlined engine that now offers features in the form of "add-ons." This means you can supplement your boosted download speeds (200 to 400 percent faster in many cases) with only the additional features that you want.

One of the most useful add-ons that you can enable in version 10 is DAPsters. If you download files from RapidShare.com or similar sites, this feature will come in handy. Basically, it minimizes the annoying pages that usually precede downloads on those popular file-transfer sites and fast-tracks you to the CAPTCHA step (if there is one).

Another great add-on is the Link Checker, which identifies valid and invalid download links before you actually hit the download button. It shows a small icon next to valid links on download pages, so you don't have to waste time trying out all of the different download sources.

Other add-ons include a Media Preview, Zip Preview, Internet Browser, and Video Downloader & Converter. I didn't see an FTP client, though, which was available in previous versions. Also available is a SPEEDbit Video Accelerator, which is offered as a bundled download during setup. Not only that, DAP 10 serves up quite a few annoying pop-up messages encouraging you to download and install it. I tried this feature and was less than impressed. I didn't notice much of a boost, and found the Video Acceleration status window intrusive.

Overall, I found DAP 10 to be extremely adept at performing its core function of accelerating downloads. I noticed the boosts consistently. It's also nice that version 10 lets you customize your experience by adding on only the features that you want. This add-on platform also bodes well for the future, as SPEEDbit is openly asking developers to create new offerings for their program.

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  • All versions:

    3.6 stars

    out of 2,178 votes

    • 5 star: 833
    • 4 star: 595
    • 3 star: 240
    • 2 star: 155
    • 1 star: 354
  • Current version:

    3.3 stars

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 1.0 stars

    "IT KEEPS ON CRASHING."

    December 2, 2012  |   By superEarth

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) 10.0.4.8

    Pros

    IT INCREASES DOWNLOAD SPEED IN MANY CASES.

    Cons

    INVASIVE SOFTWARE. INCREASE OF SPEED BY ACCESSING OTHER DOWNLOADED USERS THAT MEANS MYSELF INCLUDED.

    Summary

    DON'T NEED ANY INVASIVE SOFTWARE FOR SOME SPEED GAINS. I AM GOING TO REMOVE IT. I HOPE IT DOESN'T HAVE ANY HIDDEN THINGS LEECHING IN MY DESKTOP.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "no good! difficult to uninstall, no difference in speed"

    December 1, 2012  |   By fernysalaz

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) 10.0.4.8

    Pros

    I do not see any pros in it, the free version suck big time, and the idea for the software is good but there is no visible notice on the download speed after trying it on different computer, DAP sucks for real.

    Cons

    Too annoying there is publicity and on the free version your very limited I would say you get nothing, not worth downloading, is extremely difficult to uninstall on vista and windows 7, people be aware the software doesn't do any noticeable difference in the normal download that we can say it performs his function correctly, DAP has not evolved and is not recommended stay away from

    Summary

    Do not downloaded for no reason, maybe a future version that does really work would be ok, but I will still tested it to see if it functions, as for now if you want to speed your downloads upgrade your computer and do some arrangements on your system that can help you there are many ways to get it improve.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Nice to play"

    November 28, 2012  |   By MaddyXZ

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) 10.0.4.8

    Pros

    The download speed is really depends on the server which is hosting the file.. All you can do is to download multiple part at once.. That can be dome with any free download manager

    Cons

    good that it's also free

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Almost impossible to get rid of!"

    November 10, 2012  |   By skhanmd

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) 10.0.4.8

    Pros

    Very marginal increase in download speed

    Cons

    Hijacks your computer and slows it down. Gets access to ALL downloads and may raise privacy issues

    Summary

    Bad deal. You are going to PAY for this free program by allowing it access to your computer which it will refuse to leave! The search engines are full of people complaining that they are unable to un-install it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Plugged up Firefox download"

    October 30, 2012  |   By swanjame

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) 10.0.4.8

    Pros

    Downloads and installs easily; no problem opting out of undesired download features.

    Cons

    Firefox download of 850MB on a slow internet connection plugged up at 250MB; file indicated continuing download speed but download file stopped growing. I was not able to get the download to resume until I exited DAP.

    Summary

    A good idea if it worked. I will continue to use it for a while to see if it works better in other configurations.

    Updated on Oct 30, 2012

    Uh-oh. I meant to give it one star.

    Updated on Oct 30, 2012

    I meant to give this one star. The update box won't let you change the number of stars.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "DAP is great and better now!"

    October 4, 2012  |   By whitegroup3322

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) 10.0.4.8

    Pros

    Downloads are fast!

    Cons

    Very few complaints but homepage can be reverted back the way it was so not a problem!

    Summary

    Beware of phoney sales people under the names of: Sealdrenxia, roshan_rose58, zonkedout1, brass007, berryracer, JoshReynold, Reverend_Deb, tdaso, yopratik, stathisrod, georjec, BertStone78. He has been using various names to undermine especially free competing softwares!

    I have been a long time fan of cnet and come to the conclusion that if a product have some people defending a specific product strongly and awarding 5 stars with lots of hyped up stories on why you should get this product, stay away!

    I have not come across any cnet downloads which have any malware or virus.

    I have come across some downloads where toolbar and some free software are offered during installation but this is not a problem if you just unchecked the boxes when it ask you. Uninstalling is easy in anycase.

    Use your commonsense and be the judge when you see a user lavishing suspicious 'over the top' comments.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome!!!"

    October 1, 2012  |   By Olonar_Jojie

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) 10.0.4.8

    Pros

    it helps you to Download fast. amazing features. superb!

    Cons

    It automatically changes your settings on your browser which it is easy set it back again with your own settings. since it is free, it's okay. :D

    my advice is read the conditions before you install it. uncheck the boxes you dont want to.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Thanks to those okes at Speedbit"

    September 27, 2012  |   By markusvanderheim

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) 10.0.4.8

    Pros

    A great piece of software that speeds up downloads with a bunch of lekke features.

    Cons

    I don't find any

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I love this!"

    September 27, 2012  |   By jamesdickenson

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) 10.0.4.8

    Pros

    This download acceleration software is brilliant! I'm so impressed with the different features and would recommend this to anyone.

    Cons

    None that I've spotted.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Uninstalled after 10+ years of use"

    September 19, 2012  |   By ARRC

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) 10.0.4.8

    Pros

    Very simple and reliable download manager.

    Cons

    Auto update added malware to my IE and FF browsers, in the form of the Speedbit homepage and the default search engine. In trying to go back to my defaults, I ended up spending 5 hours fighting with all the config settings to try to rid my browsers from the clutches of Speedbit. But Speedbit is insidious in staying latched to the browsers. I ended up deleting both Speedbit and DAP applications from my system and will not use either ever again.

    Summary

    Version 10 started out fine with a manual install but unless you want your homepage as Speedbit and Speedbit as your default search engine, then don't use the auto update feature and you will probably be alright. I just got frustrated and decided to rid myself of the problem. There appears to be a residual effect on FF 15 that doesn't allow new launches of FF even after uninstalling and reinstalling with a clean system. Shame on Speedbit for hurting their loyal users. This loyal user has left for less invasive tools.

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