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Download Accelerator Plus

CNET Editors' review

This download manager brings much more to the table than fast file transfers, but it definitely delivers those, too. Increased download speeds are Download Accelerator Plus's bread and butter, speeding up downloads by almost 200 percent in most cases and occasionally as high as 400 percent.

Besides splitting files into smaller pieces, it thrives on automatically seeking faster mirrors. It also can get a file simultaneously from several sites, which is useful if a particular site limits the download speed; it can resume downloads; and it can preview some media files while downloading. There's also a blacklist for sites that you never want to accept downloads from, and categorized folders and filters to keep your downloads organized. DAP rolls in a media buffer, too, that allegedly will prevent streaming-video hiccups. Ensuring that you're running the latest version of the Adobe Flash player won't hurt, either.

Two new features include a UI change that lets users choose a Firefox- or Internet Explorer-styled download window, and integration with DAP's publisher's video converter. Downloading and converting video on the fly is a pretty smart way to keep the program fresh. The program will prompt you at your first attempt if you don't have the converter installed and guide you through its installation. Frustratingly, the install process will weigh you down with a ton of toolbars, default switches, and e-mail recommendations that you must opt out of for a clean installation.

Although it's heavy with ads and promotions, DAP is still a good choice for adding some heat to your typical download recipe.

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All User Reviews
  • 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:

    3.4 stars

    out of 61 votes

    • 5 star: 13
    • 4 star: 24
    • 3 star: 10
    • 2 star: 4
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  • 3.0 stars

    "I like to watch it"

    May 16, 2010  |   By ClarenceSS

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.4.0.5

    Pros

    It seems faster and I haven't had any problems.

    Cons

    It is hard to get rid of, but I don't want to.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "This good product"

    May 16, 2010  |   By andcas1990

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.4.0.5

    Pros

    I like about the fast

    Cons

    No, I think it's the best product

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Avoid it for the junk it installs"

    May 13, 2010  |   By skdonweb

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.4.0.5

    Pros

    Accelerates download speed and has been a very old player in this space.

    Cons

    The newer versions are coming with more and more junk (adware, toolbars, etc.) that are really difficult to remove or uninstall. The toolbar that it installs, I bet, a normal user (with not much tech knowledge) can't remove.

    Summary

    If you are ready to tolerate the pop-ups and useless toolbars, go for it. It is one of the oldest download managers and does the job well. However, last few versions just wreck havoc on PCs by installing useless items that are almost impossible to remove.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "fastest free download manager I've ever used."

    May 12, 2010  |   By donola88

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.4.0.5

    Pros

    Very fast downloads. At least twice if not triple the download speed of other download managers I had ever used. Can be browser integrated, making the job easieer.

    Cons

    Only the nag screen.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Helps a little BUT"

    May 10, 2010  |   By jfholstein

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.4.0.5

    Pros

    Seems to speed up download substantially.

    Cons

    Difficult to download the pay-for "Premium," still waiting for further instructions!

    Summary

    It remains to be seen whether this program is worth the cost and frustration (from installation problems).

    Updated on May 10, 2010

    C-Net people should reconsider their high rating. Hey guys, look at what we real people are saying!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Most helpful and great"

    April 30, 2010  |   By Queenlbug

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.4.0.5

    Pros

    There are many to be named but I know for a fact that the download speed has always been fast and excellent. It's up to my standards so all of these people that's saying that its too slow or bad. THEY ARE LYING..i have never used a product so fast b4

    Cons

    THERE ARE NONE to my knowledge I love this program

    Summary

    GREAT program and for who ever came up with this program has really made some software that I like its better than trying to download what ever you need without it. TO all of you who says its slow or doesn't work the way you want it..STOP downloading PORN and get some real internet connection. NOT DIAL UP. This is truly a great program some people just don't want to give others praise when praise is actually due.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I wish i could give this a zero instead of 1 star"

    April 27, 2010  |   By Becks2

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.4.0.5

    Pros

    None. This is awful.

    Cons

    Didn't do what it was supposed to. Once you get this on, it never comes off.
    Even after it was all gone with a professional uninstall program, it was still trying to take over my internet downloads. THIS THING IS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET RID OF!!!!!!!

    Summary

    Horrible! Stay away!!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "it has a good download timing cut."

    April 25, 2010  |   By bagali

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.4.0.5

    Pros

    its has a good look on the the over all

    Cons

    i dont think its as fast as it seems.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "too many problems, get Orbit Downloader"

    April 23, 2010  |   By Jason__Ong

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.4.0.5

    Pros

    Faster downloads

    Cons

    everything other than faster downloads
    cannot download some files

    Summary

    DONT DOWNLOAD IT
    TOO MANY PROBLEMS
    GET ORBIT DOWNLOADER!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Speeds up downloads and works great."

    April 22, 2010  |   By kstenbch

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.4.0.5

    Pros

    Faster downloads than IE8 and Firefox. Easy to use and customize.

    Cons

    Many toolbars and offers download with it; however if you pay attention and uncheck these items throughout the installation of DAP, it's very quick, easy, and light.

    Summary

    Light, easy, great, customizable, and user friendly. Works great with Windows 7.

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