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Download Accelerator Plus

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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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    3.6 stars

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    • 5 star: 833
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    • 2 star: 155
    • 1 star: 354
  • Current version:

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    out of 24 votes

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    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 8
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Buggy, unreliable and full of spammy crapware"

    November 14, 2012  |   By Danny Carlton

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7.0.7

    Pros

    Does increase downloads of multiple files

    Cons

    Will crash on about 50% or downloads, often at 99-100%, which wastes your time.

    Summary

    If you have the time to put up with the unreliable nature of the program, it will speed up multiple file downloads by a tiny bit. Were it not so buggy it would be much more efficient.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Speedbit = Malware"

    July 3, 2012  |   By acpiper

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7.0.7

    Pros

    Download Accelerator I have used in one form or another for years - GREAT program, one I'm happy to pay for.

    Cons

    DAP is a legitimate program wrapped in a malware package. If you want just the accelerator you have to install the Speedbit junk, which will replace itself as your default search engine, regardless of your selections on installation.

    Summary

    DAP is not the only fish in the sea - many download accelerators are available, many are free, just as effective, & without the malware headache. I guess it's time for me to listen to myself and stopping sending these guys money, but I always hope that the next version is the clean version. Never happens.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome speed,it is a must download!"

    June 4, 2012  |   By theashu54

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7.0.7

    Pros

    Good speed,Resume option,tracks download,upto 5 parrelal downloads,7 connections and much more!!!

    Cons

    Unwanted programs installed so be careful during instt.Homepage issues!

    Summary

    The best Download manager ever created!!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "20 minutes of my life lost, tricks you into addon's"

    June 2, 2012  |   By billpennock

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7.0.7

    Pros

    Nothing I found, there must be some but I was so frustrated trying to install it without a bunch of other installs then it didn't work for what I wanted, download a big file from work.

    Cons

    Install assumed REPEATEDLY and INCESSANTLY that I would install other things and make the a prime feature for other tasks. I was just trying it out I tried to cancel the installation after getting completely frustrated and by then it actually had installed although it was STILL trying to get me to install more. Worse to install I didn't have to reboot but it added HUGE insult by making me reboot just to get rid of it. This was a HUGE waste of time. I can't understand the good reviews at all.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Awesome! Except for the shenanigans it pulls"

    June 1, 2012  |   By ghster

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7.0.7

    Pros

    Downloading a multi-gig file failed without DAP, with it, it worked great. I would pause the download so I could use the internet, un-pausing restarted the download just fine.

    Cons

    The issues people have with this program are real. Constantly begging you to purchase the full version, changing the homepage. Chrome even warned me that something was changing my homepage, even after telling chrome not to allow it, DAP still eventually changed it.

    Summary

    It is VERY helpful when you have large downloads and/or iffy internet service. I have both those, and it has saved me from downloads from starting but not finishing... then having to start over.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Performs somewhat well; if you pay."

    May 30, 2012  |   By Zovos

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7.0.7

    Pros

    Really does work, to an extent.

    Cons

    Racist against free-version users.
    Not fully supported by a number of websites.

    Summary

    I originally downloaded DAP with the misconception that it does what it says. Well, it did do what it said, but it also did what it didn't say. They should rename this product to "Download Accelerator Plus Solicitor Plus BSOD on Uninstall"; because, along with the countless ads that showed up while I was downloading things, it wouldn't stop changing my homepage settings on my browsers, there were checkboxes on the things that I was downloading suggesting to download things I did not need, it was constantly opening web pages asking me to upgrade, and, when I finally found a better program (Free Download Manager) and chose to uninstall DAP, my computer got the Blue Screen of Death right as it finished.
    Overall, I really felt like an Alabama ****** in the early 60s when using this program. Nobody should ever have to pay to avoid that feeling.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "good job , gets the job done"

    May 5, 2012  |   By blaqkitty

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7.0.7

    Pros

    fast and consistent

    Cons

    i don't know yet

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Comapability Issues w/File Management Sites"

    April 15, 2012  |   By DavzCnet

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7.0.7

    Pros

    Is it faster? I couldn't tell :(

    Cons

    Trouble when downloading from oron.com. Randomly goes to "Uable to download file" error message. Of course unable to resume download...
    No issue when downloaded without DAP.

    Summary

    I had no problem avoiding the "annoyanceware" other users complain about.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Is it really faster?"

    April 3, 2012  |   By chowbiz

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7.0.7

    Pros

    It was able to resume most downloads

    Cons

    Way too many attempts to install extra software. Not clear that it was faster than a regular download

    Summary

    As a freebie, it did help me download large files.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast downloads."

    March 25, 2012  |   By tkeener2911

    Version: Download Accelerator Plus 9.7.0.7

    Pros

    Downloads are fast and it's free.

    Cons

    None that I can tell.

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