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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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  • All versions:

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    out of 1,860 votes

    • 5 star: 1103
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    • 3 star: 94
    • 2 star: 49
    • 1 star: 297
  • Current version:

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Horribly dated UI"

    May 30, 2012  |   By Robert_Deniros_Bodyguard

    Version: Internet Download Manager 6.11 build 7

    Pros

    Speeds up downloads significantly

    Cons

    - Horribly dated and ugly UI. One of the worst I've seen in many years.
    - Too many steps just to add a simple download.
    - Poor overall interface design.

    Summary

    The user interface is a show stopper. Looks like their design team is stuck in 1991.
    The dated and poorly layed out interface prevent it from being quality software.
    So many other downloaders are better designed.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "attention?worst thing u downld frm cnet.want2 pay 4 it?"

    May 28, 2012  |   By naveep_indian

    Version: Internet Download Manager 6.11 build 7

    Pros

    1 simple and user friendly interface.
    2 increase speed upto 3-4 times
    3 resume and complete downloads without errors
    4 u cn even download drivers files without error
    5 suppor multiple downloads and queue

    Cons

    1 all the pros are just for 30 days
    2 it increases thewnloading speed by redusing browsing speed like other download manager while the inbuilt managers in browser do opposite
    4 cnt remove completly even using most of the uninstallers(most important)
    5 slow down ur system after trial
    4 can corrupt ur system files and registry

    Summary

    avoid it...... i hav recently re installed windows ..otherwise there wld b more points in cons section..many sites offers u to dnld free idm,,,that cld hav trojens and virus so b careful.. read other's reviews before downloading it or other software.... that is what i do nw after downloading this crap

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good program; Horrible if not bought, or you remove it."

    May 23, 2012  |   By pumpkinwitch

    Version: Internet Download Manager 6.11 build 7

    Pros

    Don't get me wrong; in itself, this is a very good program. I have used previous versions, & was more than satisfied with them. They did everything they said, & so does this one. The downloads are speedy; in fact awe-inspiring. It's efficient, effective, doesn't lose files, can handle interrupted downloads, & restart & finish without errors. It is easy to use, & keeps you informed of every process. Sounds great, doesn't it?

    Cons

    The computer became sluggish, the last 3 days. It immediately started pushing me to buy, from day 22 (30 day trial). It became pushier, the closer it got to the end date. I had planned on buying it.

    It began interrupting every download,(dunning message) I tried to download without it. The downloads were all unsuccessful. They never showed up on my computer. I tried to download other managers, & the pages would flip backward or vanish. I finally uninstalled it, but it left deep-seated files that still messed up the system.

    Originally, I just figured I'd wait it out. Plus, I'd heard so many nasty things; if you didn't buy it when the trial ended, that I was curious.

    Not only did the system slow down, unbelievably, but the windows froze, wouldn't function, or close. I disabled it, but that didn't help. Uninstalling didn't stop the problem. I had to bring in one of my favorite, "Big Gun", uninstallers, to track down the rest & rip it out.

    Summary

    Is it a good program? Yes. But after the problems I had with this version; I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It's Vicious & Malicious, & "dog in the manger". Trying to uninstall it was no picnic. It even froze up the uninstaller, & nothing I did could stop it. I finally had to shut down the system & restart. When I restarted it; it appeared that IDM had been uninstalled, because it had vanished from the program files. However, the problems continued, telling me that IDM was not completely gone. Thank heavens for C-NET, & the more advanced, "Big Gun" uninstallers.

    I also would find it very hard to trust the company (or it's Tech Support) That would insert such a messy & vindictive little surprise in the software either on trial, or purchased. The buyer (or tryer) takes the software on faith, & tries it to make sure they can operate it, & are comfortable with it. I'll never be able to trust IDM, again; not the company that would boobytrap the program to trash unsuspecting user's computers.

    I felt like they were saying, "Oh, Not going to buy our program, huh? Well, we'll fix you & your nasty little computer too!" (apologies to 'The Wizard of Oz' for paraphrazing). The vindictiveness that would deliberately cause that kind of errors, damage, & helplessness in both the computer & the operator, is nothing that I would feel safe with, want to purchase from or deal with for problems after purchase.

    They really try to hold the computer for ransom. The message seems to be. "You'll have to buy the program to straighten out the problems & get your computer running, again."

    If they did it once, how do I know there are not a few more time- release surprises planted to make sure I buy another version, in a year or two? No thank you, I'll look somewhere else for a download manager: one I can trust to play & deal fairly.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Looks like a neat download manager"

    May 20, 2012  |   By dunamis44x

    Version: Internet Download Manager 6.11 build 7

    Pros

    Interesting program. All features look fine.

    Cons

    It wouldn't give me a choice about the toolbar. After I uninstalled it the toolbar still wanted to install. If thats the only way it will work I' not interested. I like most of your reccomended software and I trust your advice. I hope my trust is not misplaced.

    Summary

    I never used it because it wanted to also install a toolbar and was persistent about it. If I had a choice in the matter I think it would ne OK. Thanks for asking.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "excellent product"

    May 16, 2012  |   By mac9006

    Version: Internet Download Manager 6.11 build 7

    Pros

    easy to use
    takes downloads automaticaly

    Cons

    nothing
    there is no free version

    check out fdm which is free
    http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Removed from my computer"

    May 11, 2012  |   By wealthhero

    Version: Internet Download Manager 6.11 build 7

    Pros

    don't have any

    Cons

    not worth downloading

    Summary

    try something else

    Updated on May 11, 2012

    I hit the wrong star...GIVE THIS PRODUCT 1 STAR

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Worst downloader around if you do not pay!"

    May 8, 2012  |   By fabulousity

    Version: Internet Download Manager 6.11 build 7

    Pros

    Did no better than other software and spreads tiny unknown files corrupting pc.

    Cons

    I was expecting a real trial period. Instead when I did not respond to nagging popups by IDM, everything became resource hogging and lethargic.

    Summary

    This nasty software is no longer the decent program it used to be when it was owned by real Americans. Sad really.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "its what i need"

    May 7, 2012  |   By askram95

    Version: Internet Download Manager 6.11 build 7

    Pros

    best soft what i need

    Cons

    nice 4 free

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't pay for this software Uninstalling is nightmare!"

    May 6, 2012  |   By zicrorezq

    Version: Internet Download Manager 6.11 build 7

    Pros

    Does the same thing as other FREE Downloaders!

    Cons

    Uninstalling will release rootkit havoc. I have 4 PC and IDM is very sneaky with their trail program.

    Never again with IDM.

    Summary

    Slows down the computer a great deal when trial period is over!

    I just got to know more about the tricks (from windows pc forums) how some of these small time "must pay" software companies sell their products by scaremongering commenting trojans found in freely available competing softwares!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worth the money"

    May 6, 2012  |   By dominickpalella

    Version: Internet Download Manager 6.11 build 7

    Pros

    Downloads at top speed of my DSL
    All downloads completed without error
    Automatically retries each file, if server is disconnected or busy, or you log off before completing your downloads
    Using a Que, you can let it work ovenight for you to download a large number of files on slower connections

    Cons

    On one site, it did not recognize zip files, so I had to use the IE9 downloader. But it did recognize zip files on other sites.

    Summary

    I was using the IE9 download manager for up to 8 video files at a time, and would sometimes get two or more of these files corrupted and unplayable, requiring them to be downloaded again. This also happened when downloading a lesser number of files as well.

    With the IDM, all video files were downloaded without errors. While the newest version claims to increase download speeds, I did not notice this - perhaps it might work faster with a dial-up connection or with cable connections capable of speeds much faster than DSL.

    If you have also had problems with corrupted video files, this manager is well worth the price, and aviods the hazzel of discovering corruped files that need to be re-downloaded.

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