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SpeedBit Video Accelerator

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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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    out of 136 votes

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

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    • 2 star: 0
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  • 1.0 stars

    "its not a software......its like a virus.........damn"

    March 16, 2013  |   By chalumattu

    Version: SpeedBit Video Accelerator 3.3.6.7

    Pros

    none.......................

    Cons

    all my browsers crashed .....am not even able to access the internet. tried every possible methods.....cnet should not recommend this kind of junk softwares.......

    Summary

    altogether its a total waste...u r gng to lose your valuable time if u install it........the only way to get out of this crap is reinstalling your OS...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "AVOID THIS LIKE IT'S THE PLAGUE!!!"

    November 30, 2012  |   By lance444

    Version: SpeedBit Video Accelerator 3.3.6.7

    Pros

    Sped up video streaming for a week....

    Cons

    Sped up video streaming for a week then slowed my internet connection into a crawl. But the worst is still to come,this program turns all my browsers completely black and useless!!!
    Used all anti-virus,anti-malware and anti-spyware available,they all found nothing!Uninstalled the damn program and even deleted 6 locked files with an unlocker but my browsers keep on turning black and useless!
    Everything worked fine with my Windows 7 except IE9, Firefox&Chrome,they all turn black after a few seconds.I couldn't see any damn thing in all websites!Speedbit was the last program that I installed before all this crap messed up my PC.
    I have used everything out there to try and fix my browsers but nothing worked. I even tried uninstalling and reinstalling all 3 infected browsers but they still turn black!
    I had to reformat my PC and reinstall Windows 7 to finally get rid of this piece of crap!!!
    AVOID! AVOID! AVOID THIS VIRUS IT AT ALL COSTS!!! OR YOU'LL BE SORRY AFTER A WEEK OF USING IT!!!

    Summary

    AVOID DOWNLOADING AND INSTALLING SPEEDBIT (ALL VERSIONS) OR ELSE BETTER GET READY TO REFORMAT YOUR PC AND REINSTALL YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM.TRY USING THIS PROGRAM AND YOU WILL CERTAINLY REGRET IT!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "a piece of junk"

    November 20, 2012  |   By sandyblueice

    Version: SpeedBit Video Accelerator 3.3.6.7

    Pros

    NONE......

    Cons

    i install and my antivirus detect trojan virus...unable to install the software or remove from system....finally this virus crashed my system,i lost my hard drive partitions and all data GONE..i wont recommend it strongly

    Summary

    a crap software...cnet should look after for reliable downloads from their secure links...losing the trust in cnet downloads

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Can't uninstall - Trojan Horse warning comes up"

    November 2, 2012  |   By lurch12345

    Version: SpeedBit Video Accelerator 3.3.6.7

    Pros

    None that I could find.

    Cons

    Not satisfied with the features. Attempts to remove it, with the Windows Add/Remove feature, triggers a Trojan Horse - Packed.Win32.Katusha.e - thereby stalling and preventing it's removal.

    Summary

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD this software. Look for an alternative. A one-star rating, in my opinion, is too high for software that uses these tricks to prevent users from uninstalling it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "First Class Program"

    October 16, 2012  |   By muddy86

    Version: SpeedBit Video Accelerator 3.3.6.7

    Pros

    ease of use

    Cons

    none so far

    Summary

    this is a program for everyone, and essential if you are interested in info downloads.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great product"

    September 22, 2012  |   By lincnpk

    Version: SpeedBit Video Accelerator 3.3.6.7

    Pros

    SpeedBit's setup wizard lets you choose between installing the freeware and the shareware

    Read more: SpeedBit Video Accelerator - CNET Download.com http://download.cnet.com/SpeedBit-Video-Accelerator/3000-13632_4-10774451.html#ixzz27FwFBqpo

    Cons

    $39.95 to buy

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great product"

    September 19, 2012  |   By johndoherty11

    Version: SpeedBit Video Accelerator 3.3.6.7

    Pros

    This works well with youtube videos to make watching much less of a pain in the backside. There are definitely less interruptions than before I installed it.

    Cons

    There aren't any that I've noticed.

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