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Free YouTube Downloader

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We love YouTube downloaders because they make it so easy to grab and save video from YouTube's inexhaustible, ever-expanding supply. Whatever you like, if it's on video, it's probably on YouTube in one form or another. HOW's Free YouTube Downloader is one of the easiest tools for that job we've found. It not only downloads videos from YouTube but also converts them and files from your hard drive into formats you can play on your iPad, iPhone, and similar devices. It offers several quality levels, including HD quality, and plays your converted file when the job is done, if you want it to.

Convert YouTube videos to multiple formats

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Ads pay the bills for freeware, and though Free YouTube Downloader contains no adware, we had to click through several screens to get to the actual program's download. It's worth the effort, though, since Free YouTube Downloader's easy settings and minimal user interface (think media player) let you quickly configure downloads and keep an eye on them in a corner of the screen while you do other things. We browsed to a YouTube page and copied and pasted its URL into Free YouTube Downloader's entry field (you can also browse to and add your own files). We selected Windows Media Video from an extensive drop-down list of Output Format options. We also selected the highest output quality, Full High Definition (1080p). We clicked Settings, too; these let us set always-on-top, a default output folder, simultaneous download and conversion, and language options. The browser-based Help file uses screenshots to make each step clear.

Once we'd made our selections, we pressed Download. Free YouTube Downloader began downloading and converting our video almost instantaneously (your connection will affect the speed) and finished by asking if we wanted to view our video. The video opened and played normally in our default media player. After that, we started downloading and saving videos we wanted to watch later. We like the way Free YouTube Downloader lets you choose a device-specific format for conversions, too. Don't forget to watch some of those videos you'll be saving with Free YouTube Downloader!

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.4 stars

    out of 1,072 votes

    • 5 star: 504
    • 4 star: 150
    • 3 star: 60
    • 2 star: 38
    • 1 star: 320
  • Current version:

    1.9 stars

    out of 54 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 36
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  • 1.0 stars

    "NO STARS!!!DO NOT USE THIS PROGRAM VERY DANGEROUS!"

    December 23, 2012  |   By cd_macarthur

    Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.128

    Pros

    There is nothing good about this virus ridden malware DUMPTRUCK of malware, trojan installer "software". By DEFAULT it installs an enormous amount of PUPS, toolbars, and a host of malware, etc. and just for kicks, a major trojan that attempted to hijack my machine. Luckily I had my computer in "secure mode", and with the help of Spybot, Spyware Doctor, AVG, AND Malwarebytes, I was able to recover my machine before it was a complete loss.

    Cons

    NO STARS!!!
    CNET SHOULD NOT ALLOW THIS TYPE OF DOWNLOAD! I HAVE LOST ALL CONFIDENCE IN CNET. WITH ALL IT'S ADWARE, POP UPS, AND EMAIL SPAMMING, CNET IS GOING THE WAY OF WAREZ, BECOMING USELESS IN IT'S "GUARANTEE SAFE" LINE OF LIES! PLEASE UNSUBSCRIBE ME IMMEDIATELY!!!

    Summary

    This type of download should be banned, but obviously CNET does not care, since they are making BANK on the same advertisers and spammers and data collection programs they include in their "download" app and "installers". CNET may as well include the "free porn" pop up quagmire that WAREZ has become. SHAME ON YOU CNET!!!

    Updated on Dec 23, 2012

    NOT A GOOD PRODUCT. Is the loading of adware, spyware, and trojan viruses now the standard for a "good product"?

    Updated on Dec 23, 2012

    NOT A GOOD PRODUCT. Is the loading of adware, spyware, and trojan viruses now the standard for a "good product"?

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent downloader"

    December 23, 2012  |   By gotored

    Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.128

    Pros

    Very easy to use

    Cons

    Occasionally uses old link

    Summary

    Excellent downloader and recommended

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  • 1.0 stars

    "HAS A TROJAN... do NOT download!"

    December 21, 2012  |   By freespiritamy

    Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.128

    Pros

    NONE WHATSOEVER

    Cons

    Besides being filled with toolbars, which I was very careful not to add ANYTHING extra to this... it STILL installed a Trojan, which thankfully my Zone Alarm program caught. It was a Trojan downloader-JS file. Stay away from this one. I only gave it a half a star because the review required at least that much.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Caution Filled with BLOATWARE"

    December 20, 2012  |   By Doug6388

    Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.128

    Pros

    Uncheck everything or use compeditor products. Shame on the mfgs. CNET should ban this software

    Cons

    Full of bloatware and other companies paying to piggyback on this software. The product is good but the morals of the owners suck.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Gave it 2 because I felt sorry for it"

    December 19, 2012  |   By James-Zhang

    Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.128

    Pros

    Good interface
    Supports converting

    Cons

    Does not work.
    Empty video file.

    Summary

    This video downloader does not work as of today. Try something like http://download.cnet.com/XetoWare-YouTube-Downloader-Free/3000-2071_4-75827483.html instead.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Gave it one star only because they don't have a zero."

    December 15, 2012  |   By najrellim

    Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.128

    Pros

    None worth the download

    Cons

    Contains serious malware that destroyed my WinXP Pro boot up files! Do Not Install because it floods your computer with unwanted programs and it is so buggy that when you try to uninstall it, it wrecks your Windows boot files. You will not be able to re-install WinXP or to boot in SafeMode to use sys-restore.

    Summary

    It is Garbage! Do Not Use Free YouTube Downloader ! The original was good...this is clearly a rip-off malware installer that will wreck your PC !

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good but slow compared to Real Downloader"

    December 12, 2012  |   By andreJ9m

    Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.128

    Pros

    very well laid out and easy to use.

    Cons

    Too slow in comparison to Real Downloader.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "OK But . . ."

    December 12, 2012  |   By markjenk

    Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.128

    Pros

    It worked OK but . .

    Cons

    Like others have said it tries to install a lot a junk and you have to keep saying NO, and some of the NOs are tricky to do.

    Didn't get a very good quality file in the end. Going back and watching the video in my browser it was a lot better quality than what this software gave me.

    Summary

    Planning to uninstall it if I can find a better one. Searching now.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "VERY EASY TO USE AND WORKDS GREAT."

    December 8, 2012  |   By alexfinal1

    Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.128

    Pros

    VERY EASY TO USE AND WORKS GREAT.

    Cons

    BE CAREFUL INSTALLING (UNCHECK BOXES ARE A LOT OF SOFTWARE WILL INSTALL).

    Summary

    A GREAT FREE PROGRAM THAT'S EASY TO USE AND DOES WHAT IT PROMISES.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This product acts like "Malware" or "Computer Virus"!"

    December 7, 2012  |   By TCA-Worf

    Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.128

    Pros

    None at this time!

    Cons

    Chose NOT to install the TOOLBAR but the installer installed it ANYWAY!

    I told the software NOT to install its' search engine and not to install ANY plugins to my internet browsers BUT the installer overwrote my list of HOME Pages in Firefox with its' own idiotic address and screwed up my default search engine with its' own.

    So I have to consider this installer to contain MALWARE since it did this crap WITHOUT my permission!

    Summary

    I am very disappointed that this behaviour by a program that supposedly was pretested to be FREE of Malware and FREE of Viruses!

    My recommendation is to AVOID this product as if it is truly MALWARE or a "Computer Virus"!

    Took a while to find and BREAK its' damnable settings in the current version of Firefox! (17.0.1)

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