FLVPlayer4Free

FLVPlayer4Free


Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 201 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
6.1
File Size:
8.52MB
Date Added:
August 01, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
4,352,225
Downloads Last Week:
1,474
Product ranking:
#34 in Video Players
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

More than a few users find it frustrating when their media player won't play Flash videos saved from YouTube and similar sites. After all, they only outnumber all other videos by a huge margin that grows wider every minute. It may be possible to tweak your player with codecs, but with so many free media players available, why not try one that does it for you, such as FLVPlayer4Free. As its name suggests, it's a free media player that specializes in playing FLV and related formats. But it's hardly limited to Flash video: It also plays all the most common audio and video formats and plenty of uncommon ones. With a unique look (easily customized) and tons of options available when you need them, FLVPlayer4Free covers all the bases you need a media player to cover yet offers enough of a difference to stand out in a crowded field.

FLVPlayer4Free's user interface combines a browser-like toolbar with essential controls to show a different face from the usual media player look. With its white background, the look is clean and efficient yet a bit stark, but complaints cease when you right-click the interface to access the main menu and scroll down to Skins: FLVPlayer4Free comes with more than 100 skins, with something for every taste. A pop-up tool makes it incredibly easy to preview and apply them all. The toolbar includes a Playlist Editor, Save Frame tool, and Video Converter.

We like FLVPlayer4Free. It's an attractive alternative to the popular but fiddly open source media players, yet it gives up little in features. We encountered no bugginess, though it did associate our media files despite our expectation of a setup option (it's easy enough to change) and its publisher would like to interest you in other software -- hardly unique or especially annoying. It played Flash video, saved TV programs, and copied DVDs, everything we threw at it, in fact. FLVPlayer4Free offers a nice balance between simplicity and options, especially if you're mostly interested in a top-quality YouTube player that can also handle your DVDs, MPEGs, AVIs, and other video playback needs.

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  • All Versions:

    3.8

    out of 201 votes

    • 5 star: 88
    • 4 star: 56
    • 3 star: 15
    • 2 star: 10
    • 1 star: 32
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  • 1 stars

    "NEW VERSION IS FAKE! The old one worked 5.3 is FAKE"

    October 07, 2013   |   By Phynix_Viking

    Version: FLVPlayer4Free 5.3

    Pros

    The OLD 4.0 version worked amazing. This new one, is fake!

    Cons

    Contains tool bars and forces you to install other programs without asking that later disable the ability to download anything after you uninstall them. DO NOT USE VERSION 5!!!

    Summary

    This needs to be REMOVED from cnet/download and marked as a virus or malware!

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  • 1 stars

    "Comes with annoyingware"

    September 11, 2013   |   By bjmantis

    Version: FLVPlayer4Free 4.8

    Pros

    It is good to be able to play flv files

    Cons

    but it comes with Babylon, which I hate!

    Summary

    If they can keep away from annoying stuff that you have to load with the flv player, I would give it a good rating.

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  • 1 stars

    "Installs Babylon Toolbar"

    March 25, 2013   |   By clemenzina

    Version: FLVPlayer4Free 4.8

    Pros

    None discoverable, because cannot install without accepting Babylon Toolbar. Surely they know how hated this invader it?

    Cons

    Unable to install without accepting Babylon Toolbar. Could not exit installation, had to use Task Manager.

    Summary

    Save yourself hassle, don't even download it.

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  • 1 stars

    "Full of spyware and toolbars"

    March 23, 2013   |   By vanman9607

    Version: FLVPlayer4Free 4.8

    Pros

    I wouldn't know, I uninstalled it within 5 minutes without using it. WinPatrol was catching software trying to constantly startup with the system after I installed this.

    Cons

    It tried to change my IE startup, along with an IE helper, and was trying to constantly install an IE toolbar.

    Summary

    I trusted CNET for years to give good software and good reviews. It looks like I can't trust them anymore. Sad to see a good site go bad.

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  • 1 stars

    "If you want hidden crapware install this."

    March 04, 2013   |   By AmazonMAL

    Version: FLVPlayer4Free 4.8

    Pros

    None that i can think of except maybe sick it on someone you don't like.

    Cons

    Never even tried software, tries to jam hidden browser toolbars and homepage hijacking down your throat.

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  • 1 stars

    "Nice Try on the Malware sneak, but n00b I am not."

    February 27, 2013   |   By GloomCookie613

    Version: FLVPlayer4Free 4.8

    Pros

    Zip, zero, zilch.

    Cons

    I often see people complain about toolbars being installed and usually (let's be honest) it's the fault of the person installing for not unchecking the boxes in the dialog. This one really does its best to FORCE the toolbars on you and that is beyond uncool.

    I didn't even fully install the program because I noticed the sneaky toolbar BS right away. You unclick the boxes for the toolbars and the next box that pops up is a cute little "You should really download this toolbar, it's super cool, for reals! Click OK!" I hit cancel and saw that it advanced me to the next install step and said to myself "Self, the reviews were dead on... this is some shaaaaaady software, we should just abort this install and scrub every instance of this POS from the hard drive."

    Summary

    I wonder how much the writer of this review got paid to shill malware onto unsuspecting users? May your motherboards fry for conning people into screwing up their computers. Cnet used to be the place to go for software you could trust. I guess integrity can be bought cheap these days.

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  • 4 stars

    "Very Functional Program"

    October 13, 2012   |   By the_webninja

    Version: FLVPlayer4Free 4.8

    Pros

    I like the fact that it will just about play any kind of video file, I found this program would play Mp4 videos very smooth, where Windows Media Player Could not. I like the fact that the program seemed very easy on the Memory usage, which allowed the program to function very smooth with video. I like programs that actually WORK with Videos well. And this one does.

    Cons

    When you launch the program it looks like your Computer has Crashed. All you see is a Black Screen, until you move your Mouse to the Bottom of the screen, then the Control panel pops up in your face.
    I also didn't like the fact that I had to guess what each picture on the Control panel represented. It might be nice if the Programmers put Mouseover tags on the ICONS or labels or SOMETHING.

    Summary

    I am keeping this Program because it WORKS. I don't care about Fancy good looking Programs, I want stuff that WORKS. And this one Works Well. And I like it because of that. Those who use Linux will probably like this Program more than those who are used to windows, because this program Functions much better than it Looks. Even though this program is designed to run on Windows it has the Feel of Ubuntu. :) Get the idea?

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  • 1 stars

    "This program installed horrible INCREDIBAR virus!!!"

    September 27, 2012   |   By punchup

    Version: FLVPlayer4Free 4.8

    Pros

    None. So far spent all my time trying to rid my computer of this awful thing called "mystart.incredibar."

    Cons

    This terrible "IncrediBar" virus/Trojan horse/extreme malware has so far defeated MalWareBytes, AdAware, SpyBot and Kaspersky. Cnet should stop offering this product and provide detailed instructions about how to remove this self-replicating nightmare.

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  • 1 stars

    ""AVOID" THIS CRAP ASS SOFTWARE AT ALL COST."

    September 17, 2012   |   By jojo00000

    Version: FLVPlayer4Free 4.8

    Pros

    THERE ARE NO PROS, IT CAN'T EVEN PLAY A SIMPLE ******* MP4. IT HAS A CHEAP ASS INTERFACE TO BEGIN WITH.

    Cons

    WHEN YOU CLICK TO UNCHECK THE CHEAP SPAM SOFTWARE TOOLBAR ADDS DURING INSTALLATION, IT FORCES THEM ON YOU ANYWAY. AND THEY'RE HARD TO GET RID OF.

    Summary

    AVOID THIS CHEAP ASS SPAM-LIKE PIECE OF **** SOFTWARE.

    VIRUS-LIKE TOOLBARS FORCED ON YOUR BROWSER.

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  • 1 stars

    "Incredibar Malware CNET should not be recommending this"

    August 31, 2012   |   By Wallabyphil

    Version: FLVPlayer4Free 4.8

    Pros

    I downloaded this junk because I was looking for a FLV player. I used the custom download option and unchecked the options, which were for an incredibar toolbar and some Mystart thingy. It loaded them anyway and they took over my computer. I wasted HOURS tonight trying to rid my browser of the Mystart incredibar page which would load whenever I opened a second tab. Finally I found some instructions and looked in the about:config page, where I found DOZENS of incredibar extension files added to my browser. In the end I had to reset Firefox. The Pro here is I was able to get rid of it - I won't get this Friday night back again though. This is Malware. Don't download it. CNET needs a kick in the arse for recommending it.

    Cons

    One thousand words is not enough.

    Summary

    AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

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