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Free Video Downloader

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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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    3.9 stars

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    • 1 star: 4
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Absolutely awful"

    April 4, 2014  |   By thealexmoore

    Version: Free Video Downloader 4.4.1

    Pros

    Absolutely none.

    Cons

    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...?

    Summary

    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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Loads you up with MALWARE!!!!!!!"

    November 8, 2013  |   By Doitnstyle1

    Version: Free Video Downloader 4.4.1

    Pros

    Deleted it as soon as it changed everything without permission.

    Cons

    Loads web hijacker throughout the system without asking permissions. Spent an hour getting rid of all the junk it installed.

    Summary

    Don't bother with it.

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