Free YouTube Downloader

Free YouTube Downloader

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 1412 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.5.134
  • Total Downloads:
    51,070,266
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 16, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.12MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    83,570
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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Editors' Review

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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.

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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  • Current Version

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1 stars

"CNet, get this cr@p off your website!"

March 15, 2013  |  By Kyeh_Khatah

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.134

Pros

I got a refresher curse on removing spyware and adware.

Cons

Eight registry keys for adware/spyware were installed, two files for same were installed, trojan.dropper was caught by Norton IS, and it reset my Firefox home page to another adware site.

Summary

CNet, you are risking your professional reputation by keeping this crap on your website. REMOVE IT.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.70.0.1100
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: v2013.03.14.01

Windows 8 x64 NTFS
Internet Explorer 10.0.9200.16519
XXXXXXXX :: XXXXXXX [administrator]

3/15/2013 4:17:14 PM
mbam-log-2013-03-15 (16-17-14).txt

Scan type: Full scan (C:\|D:\|)
Scan options enabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUM
Scan options disabled: P2P
Objects scanned: 388311
Time elapsed: 42 minute(s), 17 second(s)

Memory Processes Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Detected: 8
HKCR\CLSID\{11111111-1111-1111-1111-110111271159} (PUP.CrossRider) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

HKCR\TypeLib\{44444444-4444-4444-4444-440144274459} (PUP.CrossRider) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

HKCR\Interface\{55555555-5555-5555-5555-550155275559} (PUP.CrossRider) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

HKCR\CrossriderApp0012759.BHO.1 (PUP.CrossRider) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{11111111-1111-1111-1111-110111271159} (PUP.CrossRider) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{11111111-1111-1111-1111-110111271159} (PUP.CrossRider) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\PreApproved\{11111111-1111-1111-1111-110111271159} (PUP.CrossRider) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

HKCR\CrossriderApp0012759.BHO (PUP.CrossRider) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Files Detected: 2
C:\Program Files (x86)\Lucky Savings\Lucky Savings.dll (PUP.CrossRider) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

C:\Users\XXXXXXXXX\AppData\Local\Temp\pricepeep_130001_1001.exe (Adware.Shopper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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CNET - I REPEAT, GET THIS CR@P OFF YOUR WEBSITE.

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2 stars

"This doesn't work, just use ChrisPC YouTube Downloader"

April 06, 2013  |  By astral2k5

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.134

Pros

It doesn't even load any YouTube video :( I had to search for a better downloader and found ChrisPC YouTube Downloader, which works really cool, can download videos from youtube, dailymotion, vimeo and other big video sites for free.

Cons

It doesn't work anymore.

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1 stars

"sometimes it works & sometimes it does Not."

April 05, 2013  |  By bozettka

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.134

Pros

it's nice to be able to download you tube videos for later.

Cons

out of 4 attempts, it was able to download ONE. there seemed to be a variety of reasons why it couldn't download the others. And it took a long time. like an hour to download a less that 15 minute video.

Summary

really don't know if i'll use it again

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1 stars

"think twice before installing it"

March 29, 2013  |  By lucky7m

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.134

Pros

Pretty much useless software

Cons

However, the worse part that cnet is pushing annoying adware for instance, Lucky Savings or Delta Search. Proofs > http://deletemalware.blogspot.com/2013/02/remove-delta-searchcom-redirect-delta.html

Summary

All in all, it's a useless software and you also probably end up with some crapware on your computer, like Lucky Savings or Delta Search. Download with caution!

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1 stars

"Infected big time"

March 28, 2013  |  By jsepps

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.134

Pros

none, dont do it

Cons

whatch out for delta search spyware

Summary

just dont


cnet should take this down now or pay to have this removed from your computer

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1 stars

"SERIOUS VIRUS"

March 28, 2013  |  By Guidola

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.134

Pros

NONE UNLESS YOU WANT TO WRECK YOUR COMPUTER OR ENJOY BEING SCREWED WITH.

Cons

EVERY NEGATIVE COMMENT BEFORE AND THEN SOME.

Summary

TRIED TO STOP THE DOWNLOAD WHEN I SAW WHERE IT WAS GOING. HAD TO DISCONNECT THE ADSL LINE. RAN CCLEANER AND VIRUS SCAN. RESTART AND IT'S STILL TRYING. HAD TO PULL THE ADSL LINE AGAIN. REPEAT ALL OF THE ABOVE. MIGHT HAVE TO PAY TO GET RID OF THE CRAP THIS PROGRAM LEFT BEHIND AND I NEVER INSTALLED IT. SPENT ANOTHER 30MIN SCREWING AROUND WITH CNET REGISTRATION JUST TO LEAVE THIS COMMENT. MY TRUST IN CNET IS SHATTERED. SURE DIDN'T JOIN FOR ANY MORE TRUSTWORTHY'?RECOMMENDATIONS?"

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1 stars

"Virus Infected"

March 26, 2013  |  By UncleSy

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.134

Pros

None at all

Cons

Downloaded a month ago and it did not work anymore. It use to be great. Now suddenly it has taken over my search engine. It will not let you search anything that it does not want such as how to remove it. I thought the previous reviewers were novices. I usually avoid such things entirely and it was a great product a year ago. It asked if I wanted to upgrade to newest version --Terrible mistake. I am currently doing a full scan an am not sure what it will take to clean up my system.

Summary

I am only writing this as a warning. I would not believe any current good reviews. I believe they must be plants. It does nothing but infect your computer. If CNEt does not pull this soon, I assume they are worthless as well. I use to trust their downloads.

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4 stars

"Great product"

March 26, 2013  |  By mrking114

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.134

Pros

Ease of use

Cons

Can't think of a thing at this time.

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3 stars

"Easy to use"

March 26, 2013  |  By Dracco_

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.134

Pros

Fast, none intrusive, works almost every time.

Cons

Updates come with unwanted software. Careful with that.

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1 stars

"Avoid it like the plague"

March 19, 2013  |  By Koos_Karoo

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.134

Pros

None whatsoever

Cons

Infects your PC requiring hours of hard work to undo the damage done by installing it.

Summary

Why on earth C/Net risks their reputation by associating with this program is the best kept secret of the 21st century. Would have allotted zero stars if it were possible.

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1 stars

"SHAME ON YOU CNET!!!"

March 17, 2013  |  By Mar91b

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.134

Pros

None. This product is just a means to get malware on your computer.

Cons

I used to trust CNET but they just earned a spot on my banned list as soon as this post is finished. Despite all the above posts they continue to host products like this? My daughter downloaded this and it's full of malware. Took me days to clean it all up.

Summary

I won't use or recommend CNET anymore

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.5.134
Version 3.5.134 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher HOW
Publisher web site http://youtubedownloader.com
Release Date January 14, 2013
Date Added January 16, 2013
Version 3.5.134
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.12MB
File Name FreeYouTubeDownloaderOC.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 51,070,266
Downloads Last Week 83,570
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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