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Free Video Downloader

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    Feb. 20, 2013
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Editors' Review


While we liked this free IE add-on's unobtrusive approach to downloading YouTube videos, we didn't appreciate the pop-up Web site that accompanied each download or the extras it added without asking.

Free YouTube Video Downloader adds a tiny shortcut button to your IE toolbar. When you visit YouTube, simply click the button and the video immediately starts to download. A pop-up window appears, showing the status of the video being downloaded. The window floats on top of whatever page you're browsing, but it can be quickly minimized. Each video downloaded fairly quickly; however, we were annoyed by the pop-up Web page that appeared after each video download promoting another product. A folder is added to My Documents and videos are automatically downloaded to it. The status window offers a button that is supposed to open the directory containing the downloaded videos, but some Vista testers received an error message when clicking it. When it works, another window opens pointing to the new folder created by the program. Aside from two other buttons to cancel or reload a download, there are no user options or settings. As the name indicates, the program only works with YouTube videos, and it downloads only in flv file format.

Despite its effectiveness at downloading videos, we can't wholeheartedly recommend Free YouTube Video Downloader. Based on the issues some testers had trying to locate downloaded videos and the persistent push to upgrade to a paid program that downloads videos from any Web site, this freeware program has a price. In addition, we found that the program installed a second program without asking. If you're the forgiving sort, and you're also unwilling to pay to download videos, this IE add-on might be worth a try. For users who want options and less marketing, you're better off looking elsewhere.

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User Reviews

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1 stars

"It does nothing. It is a big ZERO, NULL."

August 02, 2015  |  By nassos12

2015-08-02 04:18:43  |  By nassos12

 |  Version: Free Video Downloader 4.4.1


Nothing from what I experienced. Waste of time.


Always asks for plugins, no matter if you have installed them. Never managed to make even one download.
Don't consent to what is requires to work properly. You just install things and never get what you want.
I don' t know, may be I need a higher degree in IT.


Do not download.

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1 stars

"It's not free"

January 18, 2015  |  By kbcflash

2015-01-18 19:04:27  |  By kbcflash

 |  Version: Free Video Downloader 4.4.1


It works.....


It's not free so it'll only download 50% or 5 minutes of the video, which ever comes first I guess. I don't know for sure cause I uninstalled it out of principal for lying after the first pop up told me this ****.


Waste of my time.

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1 stars

"Absolutely awful"

April 04, 2014  |  By thealexmoore

2014-04-04 12:34:53  |  By thealexmoore

 |  Version: Free Video Downloader 4.4.1


Absolutely none.


Yet another web video downloader that harms your computer. This one is no different, and worse in some ways. And its designed to trap you towards utube and malware. There are other video sites on the web.
Why do this sort of thing to us cnet...?


Avoid it like the plague. And don't bother using google to search for an alternative. Gooogle's list is just a repetition of the same old same old money grubbing malware containing utube focused downloaders.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.4.1
Version 4.4.1 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Publisher Ramka
Publisher web site
Release Date February 20, 2013
Date Added February 20, 2013
Version 4.4.1
Category Browsers
Subcategory Internet Explorer Add-ons & Plugins
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.49MB
File Name freevideodownloader_tiny_4.4.1-setup_cnet.exe
Total Downloads 1,682,602
Downloads Last Week 5,041
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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