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Internet Download Manager

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The name might not be the most creative, but the Internet Download Manager does exactly what it promises: helps you download and organize files. The best part is that you can schedule downloads and use filters to get the specific files you want.

The compact interface is packed with options, but the main features are easily accessed from a toolbar at the top. We would have liked to see a bit more user guidance up front, but a tutorial does cover the basics, and there is a more detailed Help file if you get stuck. You can also go the easier route with the program's integrated Web browser options, which work with nearly all of the most popular browsers, including Internet Explorer and Firefox. Each time the program recognizes a video in FLV format on a site like YouTube, you'll see a button, and it's one click and you're off and running. From the main interface, all you have to do is add the URL for a video to get started. A new window shows you the status and allows you to pause the recording and set up a few options for what to do with the file once the download completes. As advertised, the speed was good and we didn't have any issues with test files we downloaded, which included MP3s, FLVs, and MPEGs. Our favorite feature was the scheduler, which was easy to set up and lets you choose where and when the program will download files. We especially liked the fact that if you lose your Internet connection, the program will resume downloading your selected or scheduled files once everything's up and running again.

The download and installation of IDM was easy and fast, and it uninstalled cleanly. If you're looking for a program that you can basically set and forget to video downloads, this is a good option.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Internet Download Manager 6.12 build 15.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "THE BEST EVER !!"

    February 12, 2011  |   By dudeme13

    Version: Internet Download Manager 6.05

    Pros

    AWESOME AND AMAZING !!
    THE BEST EVER Download manager hands down!

    Cons

    Integration with Google chrome is not aat its best!
    When using Chrome
    Download FLV from youtube is messes up !
    But works flawlessly in IE 9

    Summary

    GOOD , Recommended For all download freaks!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "OK! Listen up PLEASE :)"

    February 8, 2011  |   By HassanZombie

    Version: Internet Download Manager 6.05

    Pros

    Full speed and customizable, easy to use and configurable AND the price is nice for a LIFE TIME license and 1 year free upgrades.

    Cons

    Nothing at all.

    Summary

    Well, see I have been using IDM for at least 5 years since I was 15.
    I'm a MASS downloader and I love downloading. I download about 2G a day [movies, games and software].

    So I can tell you It's the best ever download manager and accelerator ever made AND when I see these BOTS and STUPID PEOPLE judging IDM without even having -not a little PC experience- but the ability to read and understand!.

    REALLY WHAT'S WORNG WITH YOU PEOPLE??? With all these negative comments and reviews.

    IDM here in Egypt is number 1 and look at that..even when I got worried about the BUGS in the integration with Google Chrome 7 and 8 .. It was FIXED right away.
    SO what can I say? I JUST love it :)
    Forever and ever IDM in my heart :x

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  • 5.0 stars

    "it is a powerful program"

    February 6, 2011  |   By mresaway

    Version: Internet Download Manager 6.05

    Pros

    it is a powerful program

    Cons

    it is a powerful program

    Summary

    it is a powerful program

    Updated on Feb 6, 2011

    it is a powerful program

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  • 4.0 stars

    "it's faster/downloads from more sites then all others"

    February 4, 2011  |   By larrymosebowers

    Version: Internet Download Manager 6.05

    Pros

    best i'v seen

    Cons

    althought, a little money,it worth the cost

    Summary

    can't find any other as use full

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  • 3.0 stars

    "OK..but not perfect by a long means"

    February 3, 2011  |   By rontexas2

    Version: Internet Download Manager 6.05

    Pros

    Generally, it speeds up downloads

    Cons

    Several download sites require that it be turned off in order to complete their download

    Summary

    Not really worth the hassle for the slight increase that you might get on some sites

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  • 5.0 stars

    ""Truly Awesome Downloader!!!""

    February 1, 2011  |   By jfff7773

    Version: Internet Download Manager 6.05

    Pros

    Easy to use, fast, versatile. One of those rare 'wares that does pretty much everything you might need it for.

    Cons

    I eventually have to buy it.

    Summary

    Internet Download Manager kicks ass! I've used them all: RealPlayer, GOM, Divx, and all the truly sucktastic iterations of internet downloaders. I even used the, since disappeared, Adobe downloader. These programs invariably lock up, exhibit significant bugs, can be slow ('Sup w/ Real & Divx?) or are simply just s#$%ty and don't work. Internet Download Manager smokes where the others chug along. Too many options to name, Some, I know that if I were a littlt bit smarter, would be useful to me. Still looking for the fissures these 'wares usually exhibit- haven't found any yet- except continuing to download s%^t you've wanted to delete already. Guess it's just a frisky l'il program! I've been trying, but I can't not like IDM. But dump all that ball-licking I just did,
    the thing is solid and it works.
    Can kinda ask "Who's your daddy?" to all the others I've tried, and delivers where they- even the big names installed in hardware - fail miserably.Go for it!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Wortheless piece of crap"

    February 1, 2011  |   By scode

    Version: Internet Download Manager 6.05

    Pros

    None I can think of.

    Cons

    I was bombarded with tons of message boxes at the application launch.

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