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Free Download Manager

CNET Editors' review

The Free Downloader Manager is an application for downloading files and converting videos; a download manager for those who want more than just YouTube videos.

We are honestly baffled by this program. It seems to download files from the URLs that we've used, but accessing those downloaded files is a different story. The Help page doesn't really explain things in detail. It does a good job of telling you how to download different files and videos by inserting the URL, but it doesn't tell you why any of those files/folders wouldn't work after downloading. It doesn't seem like a worthwhile download. This is most definitely not for the average computer user, or it's simply not doing what it's supposed to and has some glitches. It had trouble accessing some of the URLs that we tried to download in the Flash video Downloads tab. It seemed to download files just fine in the Downloads tab, but they might as well have not been there, since they didn't open right. There are also a few buttons that the Help page does not have a tutorial for. The Dial-Up Connection button is particularly confusing. Basically, it would be best to find something a little simpler in design with better explanation of its inner workings.

The download was easy and simple. You do need to read through the steps carefully to pick up on the special offers and instructions, but that's OK. The download/installation process was the only good thing about this.

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    4.1 stars

    out of 904 votes

    • 5 star: 528
    • 4 star: 204
    • 3 star: 47
    • 2 star: 28
    • 1 star: 97
  • Current version:

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    • 4 star: 4
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Not A Bad Tool"

    March 4, 2014  |   By Terrazona

    Version: Free Download Manager 3.9.3 build 1360

    Pros

    Very simple interface, I work from home so need good tools to get the job done correctly and easily. if interested visit *****

    Cons

    None really, its free so cant complain!

    Summary

    Definitely suggest this download. visit *****

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Crickets Chirping...."

    February 14, 2014  |   By illiad8

    Version: Free Download Manager 3.9.3 build 1360

    Pros

    Crickets Chirping....

    Cons

    Crap! Blows out your internet data usage to nearly a gig in a day of standard browsing. (Usually 200-300mb) And thats without all the install OPTIONS.

    Summary

    Just my opinion.
    Sorry to the dev team if they didn't intentionally make it suck.
    But it's a FAIL from me.
    Avoid

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent app"

    January 10, 2014  |   By Windows78

    Version: Free Download Manager 3.9.3 build 1360

    Pros

    -Can download torrents
    -Great free alternative to IDM

    Cons

    -Videos are sometimes damaged
    -I dont know where is downloading files

    Summary

    I have portable version so no complaints.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Like Internet Download Manager, but Free"

    December 30, 2013  |   By Richard_Nixon

    Version: Free Download Manager 3.9.3 build 1360

    Pros

    -Free
    -Works, looks, and feels like Internet Download Manager
    -Hotkeys to disable download link catching, clicking cancel works too

    Cons

    -Some Youtube videos will download damaged, or unplayable in some way. Only certain videos though.

    Summary

    Great alternative to IDM

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  • 1.0 stars

    "installs too much"

    December 23, 2013  |   By NLpanda

    Version: Free Download Manager 3.9.3 build 1360

    Pros

    Works fine when downloading flash movies

    Cons

    - overrules any other download program you are using (f.e. for torrents). You cannot change the settings.
    - installs a lot of ****, even when you pay close attention while installing. F.e. it installs some Russian program on your taskbar that you really don't need. As it is in Russian, you cannot understand wth it's referring to on. Even after uninstalling FDM you still need to delete this program.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "My Trusted manager, Fulfill all of my download Demand"

    November 21, 2013  |   By idzeeshan

    Version: Free Download Manager 3.9.3 build 1360

    Pros

    Decently designed download manager. it is has been great so far. You can download flash videos from any video file that streams online and download torrents as easily as files that are hosted.

    Cons

    The only con is that if the file needs a password then you will have to restart the download from the beginning if you are doing it in stages otherwise this is perfect.

    Summary

    Good at All.

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