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Hamster Free Video Converter

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.6 stars

    out of 564 votes

    • 5 star: 290
    • 4 star: 86
    • 3 star: 24
    • 2 star: 25
    • 1 star: 139
  • Current version:

    2.6 stars

    out of 26 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 14
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Garbage - need I say more?"

    March 7, 2011  |   By lancerocks2010

    Version: Hamster Free Video Converter 1.0.0.42a

    Pros

    It's free, from Cnet, and free

    Cons

    It is very slow to start with, installs ask toolbar, and who knows what else.

    Summary

    Don't waste your time. Who knows what else this installs.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DON'T DOWNLOAD! AVG Found malware/adware/spyware"

    March 7, 2011  |   By cloudmatt

    Version: Hamster Free Video Converter 1.0.0.42a

    Pros

    NONE It's infected.

    Cons

    It's flipping Infected

    Summary

    It's infected don't download.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "SPYWARE !!!"

    March 6, 2011  |   By jmaccrory

    Version: Hamster Free Video Converter 1.0.0.42a

    Pros

    downloaded it today (3-6-11) and AVG flagged it immediatly. How can the site say SPYWARE TESTED and the software contain spyware?

    Cons

    downloaded it today (3-6-11) and AVG flagged it immediatly. How can the site say SPYWARE TESTED and the software contain spyware?

    Summary

    I know some of the anti-virus software sometimes get a false positive but this was a major find - multiple spyware to the point where AVG had to reboot after removing everything if found.

    NOTE TO CNET - if you cant secure your site then people will stop coming here!!! GET ON IT!!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Loads UNWANTED preferences and programs (hamster zip)!!"

    March 6, 2011  |   By flyfishnfool

    Version: Hamster Free Video Converter 1.0.0.42a

    Pros

    can convert videos

    Cons

    Loads Bing EVERYWHERE without asking! I hate programs that load stuff without prompting.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "ok i guess"

    March 5, 2011  |   By D567

    Version: Hamster Free Video Converter 1.0.0.42a

    Pros

    slick small package download and use

    Cons

    needed it to convert a format that was not supported

    Summary

    didn't use it too much before uninstalling it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Hamster does what it is supposed to do simply and well"

    March 4, 2011  |   By webhawk50

    Version: Hamster Free Video Converter 1.0.0.42a

    Pros

    You drop your vid in, you select which format you want it converted to and it converts it. How simple is that?

    Cons

    The interface is almost a throw-back to MS-DOS, but I don't really care. It's plain, clear and simple.

    Summary

    I use this program somewhat infrequently; primarily to convert tutorial vid files from one format to another. When I do use it, however, it is simple and fast to use. At those times, it then becomes a must-have and it has never let me down.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "ABSOLUTE CRAPWARE"

    March 4, 2011  |   By lennylampert

    Version: Hamster Free Video Converter 1.0.0.42a

    Pros

    NONE. This stuff sucks!

    Cons

    Software doesn't work and they'll download a bunch of useless crap on your computer without your permission. NOT worth downloading. Freemake Video Converter is much better.

    Summary

    I HATE when companies download a bunch of crapware on my computer without my authorization. No Hamster, I didn't ask you to install a Bing toolbar on my Firefox browser, change my home page to Bing, and change my default search bar selection to Bing. When companies surreptitiously install crap on my computer without my permission, it makes me wonder what other things their capable of. Oh, and by the way, I tried to convert a swf file to an avi file, and Hamster didn't work. So, it's sh**ty software anyway. DON'T DOWNLOAD IT. Freemake is MUCH better.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do not install, might have spyware!"

    March 2, 2011  |   By CattRose

    Version: Hamster Free Video Converter 1.0.0.42a

    Pros

    None, I uninstalled it as soon as it installed.

    Cons

    Right after it installed, Search Toolbar by Zugo immediately installed on Firefox. Hamster didn't prompt me asking if I would like to install additional software, where as other programs at least let you check or uncheck what you want.

    Summary

    The toolbar automatically downloaded into my computer and changed my homepage. I wouldn't recommend Hamster unless you wouldn't mind the toolbar.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I uninstalled it almost immediately"

    March 2, 2011  |   By BrownCowStudios

    Version: Hamster Free Video Converter 1.0.0.42a

    Pros

    Minimalist interface probably makes it easy for beginners to use.
    Converts to a variety of smartphone formats, if that's something you need.

    Cons

    * Installer changes your home page, adds Bing toolbar and other stuff.

    *There's funny business in the terms & conditions. Be sure to read them.


    *Minimalist interface limits usability

    *Terrible help feature leads to audio-free Youtube videos.

    Summary

    I needed to convert an mp2 video file to an mp4/mov file. When I started the software, I was presented with a nicely designed, simple screen, and a 3-step process.

    Step one was to load the file I wanted to convert. That was easy.

    Step two was "edit". Okay, so what does edit mean? I don't want to edit my video, I want to convert it between formats. So I clicked on HELP. That brought me to a video on YouTube. Unfortunately, the video didn't have any sound, so it was hard to tell what was being demonstrated. Pretty useless.

    Back to Hampster, I eventually figured out that "edit" was where you chose what type of output you wanted. There were lots of buttons, labeled with different file types including a whole bunch that were specific to a variety of smart phones. I didn't see a button, however, for mp4 or mov, just one for mpg -- but it didn't give any clue as to which flavor of mpg would result. I clicked mpg, since mp4 and mov are flavors of mpg files, and I figured another menu might appear allowing to choose flavors. It didn't appear though.

    On the right side of the sceeen were fields that displayed compression rates, frames per second and other technical stuff, but there didn't seem to be any way to modify these settings. The data these fields were filled with may or may not have been accurate. Not sure.

    In Step 3 you choose the location where the resulting output files should be saved. Easy enough.

    Next you press convert (or go or whatever it was, I forget), and the program does it stuff. It defaulted to storing the output in the my documents/my videos folder on XP. My end result was another MP2 file, so no actual conversion was done, which makes sense, considering my source file was MPG and it was being converted to MPG. That's not what I wanted of course, but that's all I could do.

    So... it didn't do what I needed it to do, which made it useless to me.

    When I combine that fact along with the installer's attempt at changing the browser's home page installing the Bing toolbar, this software rates a one.

    I don't recommend it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy to use with good results"

    March 2, 2011  |   By Ernestorw

    Version: Hamster Free Video Converter 1.0.0.42a

    Pros

    The given explanations are clear, the conversions works fast and with good results.

    Cons

    you could not or little change the parameters

    Summary

    An easy to use conversion program you have not to care for details

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