SpeedBit Video Accelerator

SpeedBit Video Accelerator

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.6
out of 136 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.3.6.7
File Size:
2.15MB
Date Added:
September 13, 2012
Price:
Free; $39.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
539,055
Downloads Last Week:
448
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Web browsers and bandwidth feel the pinch as online video formats get better and better (and bigger and bigger, too). SpeedBit's Free Video Accelerator for YouTube is designed to work with your Web browser to improve how it downloads and plays online video, especially high-quality formats streamed over broadband connections. It buffers and smooths audio and video playback and reduces or eliminates freezing, crashing, dropouts, and distortion. It's freeware, though a premium upgrade adds HD playback, iTunes acceleration, and automatic setup.

SpeedBit's setup wizard lets you choose between installing the freeware and the shareware version, which includes automatic setup. We actually prefer to configure things like video accelerators manually, but the process proved quite simple in any case, with a Settings sheet we could open via the Options menu. It offered Proxy Settings and general options such as load on startup but not much more. SpeedBit's simple user interface basically displays its status, with Normal and HQ acceleration enabled and the option to enable HD and iTunes. Clicking a link labeled Supported Video Sites opened a Web page in IE (not our default browser) that listed the many sites SpeedBit is compatible with as well as which version of the software plays different video formats on each site.

Finding high-quality video to play with SpeedBit installed was no problem; we turned up plenty on YouTube and other sites, too. SpeedBit's developers take smooth, error-free video playback in your browser as evidence the software is working, and we can't argue with that, based on our experience and playback from our system's decent but inexpensive video card. But it's actually easy to see if SpeedBit is working: play the same online video with the program enabled and disabled. If you see glitches with SpeedBit turned off but not on, you need it. Of course, a lot depends on factors like your Internet connection, but the more problems, the greater the need for tools like SpeedBit. We think the free version of SpeedBit Free Video Accelerator for YouTube will suit many users' needs, but if you need more, it's not a costly upgrade.

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  • All Versions:

    2.6

    out of 136 votes

    • 5 star: 20
    • 4 star: 27
    • 3 star: 22
    • 2 star: 12
    • 1 star: 55
  • Current Version:

    2.6

    out of 7 votes

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

    "Not recommend"

    March 13, 2014   |   By lahavyanai

    Version: SpeedBit Video Accelerator 3.3.8.0

    Pros

    Possibly increases the speed of the video buffer

    Cons

    This speedbit Company installs (with video accelerator software)all kinds of spyware and toolbars on my own computer, very difficult to clean them and I used many programs to get rid of the changes.

    Summary

    Find other ways to accelerate video (for those who need)

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  • 1 stars

    "HORRIBLE AND DISHONEST A FAKE DO NOT INSTALL!"

    January 05, 2014   |   By capitanissa

    Version: SpeedBit Video Accelerator 3.3.8.0

    Pros

    NONE A BAD PROGRAM

    Cons

    I have no idea if it helped, nothing seemed to change. HOWEVER speedbit did change my search settings and was terribly difficult to remove. I THINK I have removed it with REVO, we will see. CNET, HOW could you give this program any stars?? REMOVE IT FROM CNET!

    Summary

    WORST THING THAT I HAVE DOWNLOADED FROM CNET. PURE FRAUD!

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  • 1 stars

    "HIJACKER - DO NOT INSTALL!"

    November 08, 2013   |   By Arterus

    Version: SpeedBit Video Accelerator 3.3.8.0

    Pros

    None! It's simply a hijacker!

    Cons

    Everything!

    I concur with the review by Robertkm49. This software is nothing but a hijacker of your browser!

    I use several plug-ins (namely the awesome page for Chrome)and since installing this vile piece of software I haven't been able to get my browser to open with 'Awesome' any more.

    Firstly it hijacks the home page, then it changes the default search so your always using their own!

    And I further concur that this software is a nightmare to remove! I have spent 4 days now trying to get my browser back as it was. I have uninstalled this tripe, and run 3 - yes THREE different Mallware removers on it (including my favourite Hijack this!) and the search change is still in the list within Chrome's settings and I still can't get my home page to be my original. Somewhere along the lines this invasive piece of filth has changed settings that I don't know how to change back!

    Summary

    This is simply the worst kind of software, it has a check box on install to NOT install the search engine and the home page change. It simply does NOT work!

    Angry? You bet I'm angry!!

    DO NOT INSTALL. This wil, i repeat WILL interfere with your browser settings, and it WILL be a nightmare to remove!

    Avoid!!

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  • 4 stars

    "Seems to be working"

    September 06, 2013   |   By kristinaba

    Version: SpeedBit Video Accelerator 3.3.8.0

    Pros

    Have noticed less stops for buffering

    Cons

    The window pop up when it is "now accelerating"(easily closed, so not really a con)

    Summary

    Maybe the paid deluxe version is better, but this does a pretty good job, if not perfect.

    Updated on Sep 6, 2013

    If you do not want the "speedbit search" on your browser, you must look for and uncheck the box at the beginning of download.....small print

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  • 1 stars

    "HIJACKS BROWSER INSERTS OWN SEARCH ENGINE: VIRUS"

    July 20, 2013   |   By Robertkm49

    Version: SpeedBit Video Accelerator 3.3.8.0

    Pros

    Doesn't matter -- see summary warning.

    Cons

    Hijacks browser
    Developer does not respond to emails regarding questions on how to stop their program(s) from removing your own personal choice of a search engine and inserting their own "Speedbit search".

    Summary

    Doesn't matter how good or bad a developer might be, it is very poor business when they deliberately do major changes to the settings of your computer without being very upfront with the end-users. In this case, Speedbit changes your default search engine to its own "Speedbit Search" and it is very difficult to remove without uninstalling all Speedbit products plus your browser then reload only your favorite browser after running a good malware removal tool. To make matters worst, they charge for this experience and do NOT respond to email inquires as to how to remove the invasion of their "Speedbit Search" program. Doing a Google search will bring up many websites that categorize this type of computer HIJACKING as equivalent to that of a VIRSUS. Some sites even warn that if you do NOT remove "Speedbit Search", it will slow down your computer and even allow more unwanted software installation unto your computer.

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD TO YOUR MACHINE!!!

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