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SpeedBit Video Downloader

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Downloading videos from sites like YouTube, Dailymotion, and other Flash video providers should be easy, but we've encountered all too many downloaders that make this task needlessly complicated. SpeedBit Video Downloader delighted us with its ease of use; there was no trial and error, no need to consult the Help file, no guessing about how to proceed. We simply clicked a few buttons to download and convert our desired content. If you use Firefox or Internet Explorer, downloading Flash videos doesn't get much easier than this.

Once installed, SpeedBit Video Downloader appeared as a toolbar at the top of Firefox and Internet Explorer. There are a few items here that aren't relevant or needed -- links to Amazon, a custom search tool, and a translation utility -- but we're almost willing to overlook these considering how much we like the program otherwise. To download a video, simply navigate to the content you want and then click the Download and Convert Video button. The program will quickly download the video as an FLV file; if you install the optional conversion tool, it will also convert it to the format of your choice, including MOV, WMV, AVI, and other popular formats. If you only want to capture the audio track from a video, the converter also has an MP3 option. We tried downloading content from several different sites and converted it to multiple different formats, encountering no problems. The program doesn't come with much in the way of documentation, but that's OK; it's virtually foolproof. Overall, we found SpeedBit Video Downloader to be a quick, easy way to download and convert video, and we recommend it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Sucks worse than any Software ever installed in my Life"

    August 28, 2012  |   By Blaster_Worm

    Version: SpeedBit Video Downloader 3.0.6

    Pros

    Are there any? No, seriously, ARE there any?

    Cons

    It installs all sorts of malware of all different types trying to force advertising on you, changes all your Search pages within the Registry, and you CANNOT fix it, or set it back-This it does without your Permission, and even though you have expressly, and very Specifically selected "no" you do not want the Spyware! this might be Illegal for them to do, I don't know. They do not honor their side of the deal! It installs all kinds of Toolbars, adjusts Web site preferences, such as your homepage. Changes your Search Pages even though you tell it not too. You cannot remove this malware, without an intricate knowledge of Registry editing, which even I - an IT Professional - don't know. Best not to install this Garbage if you care about your system at all.

    Summary

    Make SURE to do a System Restore, before installing any of the Malware. YES.....I know, even IF you DID check the checkmark they give you for not installing it, they're still going to install ALL of it onto your system, anyway!!! PLEASE do a Backup, you'll thank me later. Cause you can never really get any of the garbage removed from all throughout your Registry. And, it will be very difficult for you to even set all of your Search pages and homepages of all your browsers back to what it should be. Believe me, I know from several days of agonizing personal experience!!!!!! Ugggghhhhhhh!!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installs malware that CANNOT BE REMOVED BY NORMAL MEANS"

    August 7, 2012  |   By R0b0td0g

    Version: SpeedBit Video Downloader 3.0.6

    Pros

    None that I know of. I installed a couple programs including this one to try for saving flash videos off websites; I couldn't quite figure out how to get this one to work, and another program worked 1000x better (AllTubeDownloader) so I stuck with it instead.

    Cons

    Ok, listen carefully to this part.
    When you install this program, it will add a toolbar to all your browsers that automatically change your homepage on all of them to the Speedbit Search page. If you change your home pages back to what you want, it will STILL open Speedbit's page every time you open your browser. If you remove the toolbars it will still be there. If you uninstall Speedbit entirely, IT WILL STILL BE THERE!
    It does this by actually changing your registry, which can be very complicated & dangerous to try to fix.

    So unless you're OK with seeing the Speedbit page every time you open your browser ever, or you're willing to completely reinstall your browsers & lose all customizations & addons/extensions you had, then DO NOT INSTALL THIS.

    P.S. The program Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) does the exact same thing. Avoid that like the plague also.

    Summary

    Even if this program works fine for what it's supposed to do, it's still horrible because it does things that it really shouldn't do. It is true Malware. Same goes for Download Accelerator Plus, they're the same malware just packaged under different brands.

    And if you can manage to remove it ok from Firefox & IE & other browsers, you still might have trouble with Chrome, because according to eHow.com, Google sponsors this program:
    "SpeedBit Search is a Google affiliate, and the makers of Download Accelerator Plus and some other programs receive a small amount of money when people use this search engine.

    Read more: How to Delete SpeedBit Search | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_6753057_delete-speedbit-search.html#ixzz22uRMoQJE"

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