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Orbit Downloader

CNET Editors' review

Downloading videos, Flash games, and large batches of files is greatly simplified with this freeware download manager, but Firefox users may have difficulty with integration.

Orbit's primary interface is bland, but the basic toolbar and info boxes guarantee everything is easy to find. Orbit shines with Internet Explorer integration. To get a media file, simply right-click a video or photo and choose Download from your context menu. Grabbing a Flash game is even easier. Hover over a Flash file, and Orbit displays a button for a fast download.

Fast and small are key traits of this application. It uses a bare minimum of memory, and downloads are much faster than with a browser alone. Where Orbit shines is its one-button simplicity for downloading multiple files on a site. From there, you can easily filter for file type. Orbit's numerous configuration options make it one of the more flexible download managers available.

Although designed to integrate with the IE, Firefox, Opera and Maxthon, we had great difficulty getting Orbit to work seamlessly with Firefox. We finally gave up trying to get the Flash download feature to work. Nevertheless, anyone downloading large numbers of files will find this freeware indispensable.

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:

    3.6 stars

    out of 26 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 1.0 stars

    "When you uninstall it you realize it's Spyware"

    October 18, 2009  |   By crweb1

    Version: Orbit Downloader 2.8.3

    Pros

    It works fine until you try to uninstall it. Then you see what you actually got yourself into.

    Cons

    It's Spyware. Plain and simple. Won't uninstall cleanly and changes your browser settings. It changes your home page, and leaves many traces behind. This is definitely Spyware!

    Summary

    Stay away. If it exhibits one obvious spyware-like feature, who knows how many similar features it contains that are not so obvious.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I have found Orbit to be the best one yet."

    February 2, 2009  |   By SumitLacoul

    Version: Orbit Downloader 2.8.3

    Pros

    I have been using Orbit for a long time and it's really great for downloading videos from many sites.

    Cons

    Only demerits I found is that it couldn't download videos from google videos that made me very upset coz that video couldn't be found in any other sites.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Cool downloader"

    February 2, 2009  |   By hugo_her01

    Version: Orbit Downloader 2.8.3

    Pros

    Easy, quick, no spyware/addware

    Cons

    Modifies download method for alla downloads

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware Spyware"

    January 31, 2009  |   By tush_jainn

    Version: Orbit Downloader 2.8.3

    Pros

    Didn't Liked It

    Cons

    Changes the search engine without your permission.
    A complete Adware, if you want to remove it completely, use Revo.

    Summary

    Not worth, changes search engine, multiple registry updates, uninstall is not clean.
    Comodo prompts multiple times with RED flag: malware behavior detected.

    Updated on Jan 31, 2009

    This forced change is called Malware/ Adware behavior...:)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "excellent anime downloader"

    January 31, 2009  |   By guillenarthaz

    Version: Orbit Downloader 2.8.3

    Pros

    very easy to use

    Cons

    i like it very much!

    Summary

    first its free, very easy to download unlike to the other types of downloader.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Search engine in FF keeps resetting to "Orbit Search""

    January 30, 2009  |   By savvyfellow

    Version: Orbit Downloader 2.8.3

    Pros

    Support for capturing rtmp protocol videos is improving.

    Cons

    Beginning with v2.8.3 of Orbit, the search engine bar in Firefox v3.0.5 keeps resetting to "Orbit Search (Powered by Google)" for the default engine no matter what I do.

    Summary

    2.8.3 is sufficiently broken for me that I've reverted to 2.8.1. For more, see http://forum.orbitdownloader.com/viewtopic.php?id=55829

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  • 5.0 stars

    "42014456059"

    January 30, 2009  |   By unchanshi

    Version: Orbit Downloader 2.8.3

    Pros

    fast42014456

    Cons

    no42014456

    Summary

    123

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It's good, but still needs a lot of work..."

    January 30, 2009  |   By Kaydelon_Interactive

    Version: Orbit Downloader 2.8.3

    Pros

    Delivers what it promises, and when it does catch regular downloads, it's nice and fast! Almost seems TOO fast at time!

    Cons

    Continued FORCED ATTEMPTS to change my settings, such as forcing Ask search and other junk I DO NOT AUTHORIZE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE!

    Summary

    For speed and versatility, this is the tool you want. There is plenty of support out there for Firefox, so devs, DON'T GIVE UP! (don't leave out SeaMonkey, either!) And for GODS SAKE! STOP TRYING TO FORCE CHANGE OUR BROWSER PREFERENCES!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "the best and easiest downloader I've ever used"

    January 30, 2009  |   By thomassmwang

    Version: Orbit Downloader 2.8.3

    Pros

    I'd used several downloader before I started using this one. It's completely embeded into my browser so that I can use it to download videos, such as UTube, and watch them fluently.

    Cons

    Sometimes when I input something for comment, but it causes Orbit Downloader terminated unexpectedly.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple, Safe and Quick."

    January 29, 2009  |   By alilland

    Version: Orbit Downloader 2.8.3

    Pros

    Orbit is simple in design, simple in use, and simple in installation. No malware, ads, or prompts to upgrade. I love the ability to queue downloads, and it's integration with IE, so you can right-click any link and Download to Orbit.

    Cons

    I would love to see more browsers than IE added to its feature list.

    Summary

    I've been using Orbit for 6 months before writing this review. It's a solid product that I recommend to all. I do not put Orbit in the category of "download accelerators" as we know them to be. DA's tend to be shareware useless pieces of junk that waste our time. Orbit far exceeded my expectations. I am an IT Manager, and I find a use for this in downloading drivers when reimaging PC's among other things. The download queue is an awesome feature, it uses 100% of my bandwidth when I need it quick, and I think this would be a welcome edition to any PC-enthusiast or IT department. My only cons is that it doesn't work with other browsers than IE.

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