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Orbit Downloader makes it easy to download lots of files, but it's not really worth all of the junkware it packages with it. There are almost a half-dozen different programs and toolbars this download will try to add. Even the program, itself, is riddled with ads for other programs you don't want. The small boost in features isn't enough to justify this download.

This program throws more junk programs at you during the install than you could ever count. Even if you opt out of all of them, one or two will still randomly start installing themselves in the middle of the download. When it's done downloading all of those, Orbit Downloader will help you download other files. Downloads are a little faster than just using your browser, which is nice on slower connections. However, its bulk download support isn't better than what comes standard in Firefox and some other browsers. One nice add-on is the "Get It" button for easily downloading media files. That doesn't work in all browsers, though. It's nice that the program checks for program updates, but it was wrong more often than not. It often reported no need for updates when updates for the programs in question could be easily found online.

There doesn't seem to be any pressing need for a download like this. If you really need a program to manage your downloads, look at Download Accelerator or Free Download Manager. They'll all come with more speed and less junk than Orbit Downloader.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.8 stars

    out of 1,660 votes

    • 5 star: 700
    • 4 star: 486
    • 3 star: 169
    • 2 star: 75
    • 1 star: 229
  • Current version:

    1.2 stars

    out of 27 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 25
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best download accelerator"

    March 27, 2014  |   By vainPalidan

    Version: Orbit Downloader 4.1.1.18

    Pros

    Fastest download speeds to max out my 50 Mbps connection with quickly maxing out the download speed at start times. It is reliable to restart uncompleted downloads and add multiple mirror sites to improve download speeds.

    It has a great interface for organizing your downloads and is clear to show what you are downloading.
    Lightweight program with useful settings such as scheduling, proxy, passwords for sites, virus scanning (your own program), and exclusion for sites which don't work well with download accelerators.

    Cons

    The installation has adware or freeware included, but can easily be avoided by choosing not to install them. It's the user's fault for not checking what they are installing. There are also ads within the program, but they are not intrusive.

    Summary

    I've used this program for a long time and it has served me well. It works better than popular add-ons like DownThemAll!.
    But since 4.1.0.9, when using the FlashGot add-on, there pops up an unnecessary window. Other than using the orbitmxt.dll from 4.1.0.9, I will see if removing certain integrations with the Firefox browser will fix this.
    Oh and the FlashGot add-on has become necessary as the developers have not been updating this program, and files don't open directly from the Firefox browser by clicking on them otherwise.

    I've always liked how the program pops up with the open and open folder button when the download finishes. But goes away after a few seconds.


    The cons are negligible because they are easily circumvented, and the fact that this program is by far the best download accelerator available.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Sad spyware"

    March 13, 2014  |   By wljp95Brandon

    Version: Orbit Downloader 4.1.1.18

    Pros

    None yet... Do not install this s***

    Cons

    there is no update catching up with the latest YouTube formatsUsing five different programs and hunting inside register, several safe mood boots.Be carefull You have been warned

    Summary

    Be very careful if you install this. *********** is by far better. . I mean it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Bummer shareware"

    February 20, 2014  |   By Chloe-hgca46

    Version: Orbit Downloader 4.1.1.18

    Pros

    None yet... nada.

    Cons

    When it's finished you'll find a lot of useless junk.Antivirus detected sneaky toolbar installations. Period.

    Summary

    Simply dangeroussonally, I like *********. .

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Raunchy program"

    January 31, 2014  |   By pekr15Moshe

    Version: Orbit Downloader 4.1.1.18

    Pros

    are you serious? I can't think any

    Cons

    When it's finished you'll find a lot of useless junk.It took approx 7 hours to remove toolbars & spyware.I am very disappointed Period.

    Summary

    I prefer to pay a few bucks and have peace of mind. ********* is by far better. .

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Diddly e included."

    December 30, 2013  |   By bwfik48Simba

    Version: Orbit Downloader 4.1.1.18

    Pros

    Zero for the moment. nada.

    Cons

    Once clicked the downloads ties up your PC for approx 15 minutes.Contains Delta spyware toolbar.:(. You have been warned

    Summary

    Used to be OK, now its useless. Personally, I like *********************. . Trust me.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Stinking vaporware"

    November 23, 2013  |   By gce87Brandon

    Version: Orbit Downloader 4.1.1.18

    Pros

    None yet. No pros sorry

    Cons

    I am warning you guys: Was such a pain to remove all this malware. What a time waster...

    Summary

    Time waster. Get **************.tk works like a charm. .

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Garbage app"

    October 7, 2013  |   By gqh32-Hoodwink

    Version: Orbit Downloader 4.1.1.18

    Pros

    are you serious? No pros sorry

    Cons

    This program contains a malware which is very hard to uninstall...Too many ads and popups which are hard to remove.Beware.. You have been warned

    Summary

    Do not download. Better try something like *************. . Period.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "ITS TIME TO BID ADIEU TO ORBIT DOWNLOADER..."

    August 30, 2013  |   By vkeytech

    Version: Orbit Downloader 4.1.1.18

    Pros

    IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST DOWNLOADER IN 2012

    Cons

    LOT OF ADDONS/FREEWARES/MALWARES Embedded and makes users force to install this
    Check the screenshot here: http://******/R1CgGP

    Summary

    ITS TIME TO THROW OUT ORBIT DOWNLOADER FROM CNET

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  • 1.0 stars

    "!!! BEWARE!! I wish I read the reviews first.. Grief!"

    August 23, 2013  |   By johnny_dman

    Version: Orbit Downloader 4.1.1.18

    Pros

    NIL!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    Cannot uninstall.... what a problem.. How is this even hosted or given space on CNET!!?? NOT HAPPY!!!
    DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT THIS SPYWARE MALWARE INFESTED VIRUS of a program!!!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Orbit Downloader contains DDoS trojan"

    August 23, 2013  |   By FierceGuppy

    Version: Orbit Downloader 4.1.1.18

    Pros

    The large security breach overshadows any positives.

    Cons

    ESET's security team reports that Orbit Downloader contains a DDoS trojan. It's been there for a while and ESET goes into the delivery method in detail, too.

    http://www.welivesecurity.com/2013/08/21/orbital-decay-the-dark-side-of-a-popular-file-downloading-tool/

    Summary

    Don't use this tool until its developers, Innoshock, have removed the trojan AND have offered an explanation.

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