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NetLimiter

CNET Editors' review

To put it bluntly, some programs are pigs. Bandwidth hogs, to be exact. Many download applications, for example, use as much of your connection as they can. What if you're running more than one at the same time? NetLimiter lets you restrict certain applications' bandwidth usage so more important ones get priority. Using the straightforward interface, you can instantly view connections and stats and even apply different limitations at different times of day. For example, you might allot more bandwidth to download managers and file-sharing programs at night. Our only quibble is the program uses too much memory (12MB). Overall, however, NetLimiter is a great way for experienced users to wring every last bit out of a broadband connection.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.7 stars

    out of 56 votes

    • 5 star: 33
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 15
  • Current version:

    3.7 stars

    out of 56 votes

    • 5 star: 33
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 15
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Finally found a software like this."

    January 11, 2014  |   By rsx1212

    Version: NetLimiter 1.3

    Pros

    You get to control your download and upload speed from your personal computer.

    Cons

    None, so far.

    Summary

    I downloaded my copy directly from their website. I've been looking for an application like this one forever. No need to configure my home router. I just install this program on all computers and Wha la.

    I'm not very software-tech savvy. There were a few "click okay to install" popups at installation. They weren't ads but I was sure exactly what they were either.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "False Advertising - Blocks Nothing Unless You pay"

    January 31, 2013  |   By Dansum74

    Version: NetLimiter 1.3

    Pros

    Perhaps the name of the program?

    Cons

    The free limited version is not very useful at all. In reading reviews, you are led to believe that buying the program gives you extras. However, one needs to buy the program to actually block anything. Too much limited functionality. Therefore, thumbs down.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Gives false reading"

    January 4, 2013  |   By Kinros

    Version: NetLimiter 1.3

    Pros

    limits bandwith but accuracy is bad

    Cons

    gives false readings where services not running are appearing as online and consuming large amounts of bandwidth

    Summary

    look for alternate solutions

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Limits downloads"

    November 29, 2012  |   By Johnnnnni

    Version: NetLimiter 1.3

    Pros

    I limit steam to 300 kbps to stop it from hogging my entire bandwidth and having other people complain nothing works.

    Cons

    Sometimes doesn't boot... not very often but happens 1 out of 30 times for no apparent reason.

    Summary

    If you need to reserve bandwidth and some program in particular is hogging all of it, you can enable this on a client basis to improve performance.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Blue Screen"

    February 3, 2012  |   By Thekrist

    Version: NetLimiter 1.3

    Pros

    Fails epically!

    Cons

    Blue Screens system upon boot. Had to use system restore. Absolute trash!

    Summary

    Don't install it. You have been warned! (WINDOWS 7)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Absolute Junk"

    February 5, 2011  |   By gdenne

    Version: NetLimiter 1.3

    Pros

    Couldn't install this software as it froze at 75% on several installs.

    Cons

    This ruins your system. Beware...if you attempt to install this, make sure you're using a test system or have a backup/system restore.

    Summary

    This software would not even install - froze at 75% trying to install it twice. Locked up my system and I had to reboot to recover, as the network lost connection via this installation routine.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "now i know why my vista showing blue screen every day"

    October 9, 2010  |   By sajib801

    Version: NetLimiter 1.3

    Pros

    if you dnt have problem with system crash almost everyday then good for you .

    Cons

    vista also saying "windows has crashed and do you think netlimiter is the cz of that that crash"

    all this day i thouight it was my antivirus or graphics card .atlast i found the culprit

    Summary

    search for any good stable version or any ohter softwer

    Updated on Dec 21, 2013

    program data lock time nlsdata .that net limiter Data file which is 6 gb .i was just searching everything which soft eating my disc space found the culprit .i don't know what its downloading.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Stopped mail spam with one click."

    August 16, 2010  |   By bcdemon

    Version: NetLimiter 1.3

    Pros

    I have a trojan mail spammer in my services.exe file. Blocked that file from the internet and all spam stopped, I can actually use my computer to fix this issue.

    Cons

    None so far.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Blue screened twice in 2 days"

    October 22, 2009  |   By richardmcgrath

    Version: NetLimiter 1.3

    Pros

    Nice user interface.

    Cons

    I installed Netlimiter, and within 2 days, Windows (Vista) had blue-screened twice (which is very unusual for my PC. It is normally quite stable).

    Browsing speed was also significantly reduced. It took at least twice as long to download web pages.

    Summary

    I would buy the product if it a) didn't crash and b) didn't impact system performance.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "great for allocating bandwidth for online games"

    July 13, 2008  |   By wickeddesigns

    Version: NetLimiter 1.3

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