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VDownloader

CNET Editors' review

Despite the lack of user guidance, this video-file downloader is easy to set up and use. VDownloader's interface is on the plain side and no Help file is offered, but it shouldn't take most users long to get the hang of downloading videos from their favorite sites.

The interface contains four large icons: Download, Search, Browser, and Settings. By default, VDownloader is set to monitor the clipboard when it's running, so as soon as we copied the link to a video, the program responded and asked us for Save As information. It's a small thing, but some programs don't allow you to choose a file name up front and it can be hard (without opening each file) to know what video you've downloaded if the file name is auto-assigned. The download began immediately after choosing the file name and location. You also can change this setting and manually paste a video link in to the URL field, but we preferred the time-saving clipboard monitoring step. VDownloader also lets you select the format you want to save video files in, another nice touch. Options include AVI, MP3, iPhone/iPod compatibility, and the original format.

The free program includes two useful extras. The first is the Search capability, which allows you to enter a video name and simultaneously search YouTube, Daily Motion, Google, and Yahoo Video. You can uncheck any of the four sites, but you aren't allowed to add any extras. The second extra is a built-in browser, which doesn't have any of the niceties you'll find in Firefox or Internet Explorer, but does include more than 20 bookmarks to video sites and a quick Download Video button for when you find a file you want to save. We recommend this free, easy-to-use video file downloader for any user.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 609 votes

    • 5 star: 413
    • 4 star: 59
    • 3 star: 39
    • 2 star: 27
    • 1 star: 71
  • Current version:

    2.8 stars

    out of 31 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 11
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  • 3.0 stars

    "So easy even I can use it.""

    March 18, 2014  |   By RomanDDorton

    Version: VDownloader 1.12

    Pros

    Free and easy even I can use it.

    Cons

    Free and easy even I can use it.

    Summary

    Best free software for downloading

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very easy to use."

    March 27, 2010  |   By medolark777

    Version: VDownloader 1.12

    Pros

    Ease of use and it downloads from multiple sites. Great for mp3s.

    Cons

    On the l.12 version the large download icon on left side bar does not work. I have to use the small icon in the top toolbar.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Easy to use, but incomplete and watch out hidden junk!"

    March 21, 2010  |   By HOPMAHPNMNT

    Version: VDownloader 1.12

    Pros

    Download easily videos from YouTube. Will convert the video in a wide variety of formats. Search option is a nice feature.

    Cons

    Unlike stated, won't work for DailyMotion. Also, it is mandatory that you use personalized installation option during install otherwise you will end with spywares and other junk on your computer...

    Summary

    Don't forget to use the personalized installation option and uncheck all boxes for spywares and junk that it tries to install discretely...

    I moderately recommend this software but it's the only one of that category that I know: there are probably better ones.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I got the Trojan too!!"

    March 21, 2010  |   By Daris4u

    Version: VDownloader 1.12

    Pros

    It downloads good, but there is a Hidden Trojan with it

    Cons

    "Trojan Clicker" eBay Program files

    Summary

    Your Anti virus and most won't find Trojan Clicker...I tried them all only thing that finds it is Malwarebytes anti malware.. I. have Spybot and SuperAnti Spyware and Use Avast 5...It is in your program files and is under eBay.. It will make your Browser look Black and redirects to it's own sites...Good luck

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Hidden Trojan inside this program"

    March 11, 2010  |   By bob1881

    Version: VDownloader 1.12

    Pros

    -simple and easy to use
    -works well. I use it to convert videos to 3GPP to use on my mobile and the quality and sound is good

    Cons

    -hidden trojan inside the install, hopefully your anti-virus or spyware program can detected and take care of it.

    Summary

    I just downloaded it a few minutes ago, installed it, and right before installation was done my anti-virus program caught the program trying to install a trojan. I read the file name and it had the name ebay on it. Yes, the program is free, but it is not really free if it is going to try to install some sort of spyware on your computer. That is pretty messed up! Good thing my anti-virus detected it. I use Avira Ant-virus, by the way, which you can download for free right from this site. After that I tried the program and it worked well.

    Now that you know that the installation has a trojan in it, it is up to you. I give the program 2 stars because of the trojan. Otherwise, I would have given it 4 stars.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Trabaja pero se complica ...."

    March 7, 2010  |   By fabzcom

    Version: VDownloader 1.12

    Pros

    Es el mismo de FS Estudio ....

    Cons

    Salta el antivirus del pc

    Summary

    Al inizio andava todo bien pero despues nada ...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Severely Ticked Off"

    March 6, 2010  |   By ArmoredSoul

    Version: VDownloader 1.12

    Pros

    Haven't a clue, damn thing won't open.

    Cons

    WON'T DOWNLOAD. TROJAN.

    Summary

    I had this program recommended to me by a good friend of mine and it's been working great for her, but the moment I try to download it, my security software blocks it and refuses to let me reattempt because it says there's a Trojan in it.
    If anyone gets around to fixing this, drop me a line, I am really fecking tired of this.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Amazing Product"

    March 5, 2010  |   By amazing230

    Version: VDownloader 1.12

    Pros

    Downloads From Various Popular Video Sites With Great Quality, And Even Gives You The Option Of Downloading As A Music File Only. Its Very User Friendly Too!

    Cons

    False Positive Scan Results From Some Popular Anti Virus Software. Seriously, Its Cnet! Not To Worry.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "STAY AWAY _ TROJAN HORSE!!!"

    February 7, 2010  |   By Galnes86

    Version: VDownloader 1.12

    Pros

    NONE AT ALL!!!

    Cons

    Contains TrojanClicker:Win32/Yabectob.B Alert level SEVERE found with Microsoft Secutiry Essentials

    Summary

    Crap!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Trojan?! WTH?!"

    February 1, 2010  |   By Tiamat378

    Version: VDownloader 1.12

    Pros

    Trojan!!!!

    Cons

    Trojan!!!!

    Summary

    I love vdownloader. I have used it on several machines to get videos from just about any website I want. HOWEVER, when I tried to get the newest version, McAfee blocked it as a recognized Trojan. Come on, cnet!!! I've never had this problem before -- that's why I use download.com for all my freeware. Are you guys gonna earn your reputation and fix this?

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