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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 versions:

    3.6 stars

    out of 2,178 votes

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    • 2 star: 155
    • 1 star: 354
  • Current version:

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    out of 31 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 9
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Changes browser settings Without permission/malware!"

    December 26, 2011  |   By keithkig

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7

    Pros

    Not one thing!

    Cons

    Changed browser settings to therir home page, and if you don't the accelerator does not work. Also tried to install malware that my AVG (awesome!)caught and prevented.

    Summary

    a badly written badly concieved and badly implimented scam, shame on the editors for giving this such high reviews!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "did the job once then...read on"

    November 26, 2011  |   By lasaw

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7

    Pros

    did the job i suppose

    Cons

    Downloaded one program fine. The second time of using it downloaded other "featured" programs which cannot be stopped or deleted. I uninstalled it. I would not call this Free..maybe free with addititions!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "really okay"

    October 31, 2011  |   By henrythefirst

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7

    Pros

    really okay

    Cons

    none really

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Got rid of it!"

    October 30, 2011  |   By Chraz_Ritt

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7

    Pros

    Don't know of any, I uninstalled it due to issues.

    Cons

    The installer presented me with a number of choices that were not followed. A number of changes to my browser settings were offered, and I unchecked the boxes, but the changes were made anyway. I also had a hard time uninstalling it, and i still have some cleanup to do on things that were installed even though I unchecked the boxes for them. I also still have to finish setting up the tabs on my browser the way I had them.

    When I install something, and uncheck boxes I expect my choices to be followed, otherwise I should be warned that the program is going to make the changes, and be given the opportunity to opt out of the install.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great for fast efficient downloads"

    October 20, 2011  |   By jeterio

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7

    Pros

    easy to see Save and Run

    Cons

    No cons I can see

    Summary

    makes life easier- less wait time - more safety in downloads

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  • 4.0 stars

    "DAP does what it says; simple to use"

    October 19, 2011  |   By ladybug2535

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7

    Pros

    I've used DAP off and on for years with few problems. I keep going back to it. The free version like most trial versions limits some features, but overall the program works well and definitely, absolutely speeds up your downloads. Among other things, it saves a record of all URLs; which programs you've downloaded--so you can check for duplicates, version nos, etc.; what's in progress (ETA) or finished; see what didn't-whether cancelled by you or network malfunction; and which ones didn't finish--with the option to resume. That's handy. This program has a lot of options which apparently confuses some people, but I found the instructions reasonably clear--if you bother to read them. But then again I'm not a GUY. :)

    NOTE: You CAN elect not to use DAP as your home page; not install their toolbar; and you can elect not to install Speedbit the VIDEO accelerator and the program will work fine. DAP will still function perfectly. Just deselect those options while installing.

    Cons

    I had issues with changing the download folders. You can choose your own download location and select folders by type of download:i.e.; Doc, EXE, .JPG, etc. and have each type go to a different folder. Instead, I would get an error message saying it couldn't save to the requested file and then ask to download to an alternative location, THEN it would download to the correct folder without needing to specify which one. Weird glitch. I don't know, maybe I did something wrong when I set it up. I haven't read of anyone else having this problem.

    The only other problem I've had, is that periodically I have to uninstall and re-install the program. It would simply stop working properly and then cause problems with IE9. My pages wouldn't load properly and downloads would freeze the page. I'm not sure why it affected the opening of web sites on IE but when I'd uninstall and re-install the problem would go away.

    Summary

    Overall Download Accelerator is a good program that does what it advertises and does it well. The few problems I've had are annoying but no real big deal---and may just be my particular computer configuration, or as a result of program conflicts or who knows what---maybe I'm not saying the right magic words. The last time I started having problems was after a massive windows update. I would recommend the program, and if you really like it, the premium features are probably worth paying for, though I haven't done so--yet :)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Disabled if you dont set them as homepage"

    October 17, 2011  |   By hpj pienaar

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7

    Pros

    none. could not use program

    Cons

    program was disabled. No feedback to correct options. No manner to exit normally(had to right click - close program. Dont install this program IMO

    Summary

    Waste of time.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Force to change the homepage and search engine"

    October 10, 2011  |   By wllaw2

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7

    Pros

    Easy to use and pretty fast

    Cons

    On this latest version, 9.7.0.6, the program will force your computer to change your homepage and search engine. Previously you can uncheck that option. Now you can't

    Summary

    Very Disappointed with the latest version.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Excellent potential"

    September 30, 2011  |   By sriniweb

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7

    Pros

    Able to restore broken downloads, great tool indeed
    Simple to use

    Cons

    Excellent can improve on interface look and allow error reporting. Fails to download graphic images like for example when tried to download a .JPG, it failed. The software has to allow ALL types of permissible and common files for download.

    Summary

    Great tool helps you save time and money! No doubt! Great scope for further improvement to be able to download ALL file types, for example graphic images download as well. But got to really appreciate the hardwork behind. This tool if upgraded is really going to be one of the best market favorites.
    Thanks
    -Srini
    www.SEOFastGuide.com

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Changes browser settings without permission"

    September 25, 2011  |   By ianhudson1

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7

    Pros

    To be honest, I cannot think of a single positive aspect of this program. It just didn't do what it was supposed to.

    Cons

    installed toolbar, changed homepage + default search engine w/o permission, kept changing whenever I opened my browser. Downloaded 'free trial' software without my permission. Difficult to remove.

    Summary

    I uninstalled this program over 3 months ago, yet am still finding cache folders, temporary folders, folders for 'free trial' programs it downloaded without my permission, program folders, and other related rubbish left on my computer. The 'uninstall' doesn't really remove it. The user must manually remove registry entries, dredge through program files, temp folders, appdata, etc trying to find and delete all of the folders associated with this program. Some folders were almost impossible to remove, giving all sorts of permissions headaches (had to be deleted by booting on a live linux cd and deleting from there).

    Long story short, I had a terrible experience with this software, it didn't really make any of my downloads faster... But even if it did, in my book, if a program installs other programs w/o asking (especially toolbars!), or messes with my internet settings, it goes in the trash.

    I would highly recommend not using this software.

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