Orbit Downloader

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 1646 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.8.6
File Size:
5.26MB
Date Added:
February 26, 2009
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008
Additional Requirements:
Not available

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.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.8

    out of 1646 votes

    • 5 star: 700
    • 4 star: 486
    • 3 star: 169
    • 2 star: 75
    • 1 star: 216
  • Current Version:

    4.2

    out of 4 votes

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

    "Crap application with very very poor support"

    August 12, 2014   |   By Louey1956

    Version: Orbit Downloader 4.1.1.18

    Pros

    Nothing good to say about this application except the interface is clean and easy to use.

    Cons

    I have just had to reinstall windows 8. Due to blue screen error. At the time I didn't know what caused the blue screen error. After reinstall 8.0 upgraded to 8.1 as I didn't know what had caused the error I didn't want to use the image backup as it may have contained a virus. So I decided to do a file by file and application by application.
    After the upgrade I reinstall your latest version of Advanced System Care and also their Driver Booster.
    All was working fine until I ran Driver booster. While running driver booster the laptop went back to the blue screen and just as this happened I recall that prior to the first crash I also ran Driver Booster and now it's crashed again. I can without doubt state that the cause of the crash was certainly the Driver Boost application.
    It took me 6 days to restore 3 of our PC's then after running this application one of them crashed again. I emailed them 5 times 5 days later still no response. Crap application ans P_ss poor support

    Summary

    Free version doesn't do what it says on the tin ever time it runs a complete scan it finds the same faults example it always finds one registry error even if I run the scan again same error with the hyperlink to the exact same folder and says it fixed the error but run it again and there it is again. error reported nothing came back from their support team. (If they have one that is)

    Updated on Aug 12, 2014

    I would also like to say the since download.com became CNET the products they push are very suspect in terms of the reliability, stability, value, tested performance reviews and tested it they are virus free. Customer support from both the developers and CNET non existent. Download.com used to be my first port of call for software now I only use the site to get details of software ect.

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  • 5 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 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 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 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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  • 1 stars

    "IT GENERATES DDOD FLOODING"

    July 15, 2013   |   By raj_21er

    Version: Orbit Downloader 4.1.1.18

    Pros

    Nothing...

    Cons

    It generates Huge DDOS TCP SYNC Flooding. DO NOT INSTALL IT.

    Summary

    http://forum.orbitdownloader.com/viewtopic.php?id=96993

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  • 1 stars

    "This is an ADWARE"

    July 01, 2013   |   By o0johntam0o

    Version: Orbit Downloader 4.1.1.18

    Pros

    NOTHING!!!

    Cons

    It'll change your default search engines/homepage (all browser) without confirmation
    The program called WinPCAP will also be installed belong with this program
    It's bad downloader...

    Summary

    Do not use this program

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  • 1 stars

    "This software includes SPYWARE, DO NOT INSTALL!"

    June 27, 2013   |   By JoJoThe1st

    Version: Orbit Downloader 4.1.1.18

    Pros

    NOTHING, WHAT'S Pros?

    Cons

    This ******** access certain site UTT very often
    and steals personal sensitive data, GPS position, and so on.
    I dare to say again, DO NOT INSTALL ORBIT!

    Summary



    Updated on Jun 27, 2013

    What the hell is tanglongs.com?
    Orbit always access to this site VERY VERY OFTEN.

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  • 1 stars

    "Poorly Written"

    June 26, 2013   |   By flyingmonkeys7

    Version: Orbit Downloader 4.1.1.18

    Pros

    It seems to work.

    Cons

    Software poorly written. Behavior is bizarre and customizable. If you click a download, ODM creates a new tab with a non information message. Worthless and inefficient. I would prefer option to open queue on initiation of download.

    Software not maintained. Forums not maintained, full of spam.

    Lots of complaints abouy malware. Norton didn't flag. Since I didn't like software, I deleted and manually scrubbed registry.

    Watzup with CNET endorsing this crap? They should have panned it on performance and support. Bad CNET.

    Summary

    Crapware, not supported. You're on your own if you decide to use.

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  • 1 stars

    "Full of Adware and Cannot download YouTube"

    June 17, 2013   |   By f1098t

    Version: Orbit Downloader 4.1.1.18

    Pros

    Nope. Full of ads and popups.

    Cons

    I'm feeling shameful on this crapware. Now I use EagleGet instead.

    Summary

    Bad software, don't even touch it!

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