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Video DownloadHelper

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Editors' Review


This tiny Firefox add-on helps with downloading items from the Internet, but install suffers from a minor glitch. As soon as we installed it, DownloadHelper immediately directed us to the publisher's Web site to read a message that we hadn't downloaded the latest version. The problem was that the version it was pointing to was the same as the one we'd just installed.

That issue aside, the program could use a less convoluted approach. It isn't a difficult process, but it's not as intuitive as we'd expect. After install, you'll find a new icon on your browser toolbar. When you access a site that DownloadHelper can pull files from, the icon goes from gray to multicolored and becomes animated. However, instead of the expected click on the icon to download files, you place your mouse on the Web page that holds the file you seek. Then right-click to choose DownloadHelper from the menu and you'll see the file listed. Click it to download the file to your computer.

If you just click the program icon, you'll get a hyperlinked list of sites where the program works. Instead of directing you to the listed site, each link sends you to the publisher's Web site. You'll find some user comments about the site that aren't always useful. That final page does include a link to the originally chosen site, but that's a couple of clicks you really don't need to get to what you sought.

DownloadHelper does work, and it couldn't be easier to use once you understand the process, but less-experienced users may give up before they ever get to save a single file with this freeware app.

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1 stars

"Garbage !~!!!!!"

August 10, 2015  |  By bluesman19514

 |  Version: Video DownloadHelper 4.9.12


Idiots morons it worked before now you destroy it !


I hate change and this really sucks ! Worthless . Down load helper you are gone forever !

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5 stars

"My go-to tool!"

September 05, 2014  |  By Danni63

 |  Version: Video DownloadHelper 4.9.12


Captures almost everything!


Sometimes have to wait for updates to keep up with FireFox...


I've been using this tool for YEARS and wish it was available for Chrome, too. My only complaint is that some FireFox updates make this stop working, and we have to wait for VDH to make the necessary changes to make it compatible again.

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4 stars

"Wonderful but terribly buggy"

December 13, 2012  |  By SisterPuce

 |  Version: Video DownloadHelper 4.9.12


I've managed to download some great stuff with Video downloadhelper.


It's hard to get it to do what you want.
First of all, you have to wait until the movie/episode that you want to download has been buffered and fully loaded. The catch to that is: Video downloadhelper doesn't want to stay with you long enough to actually download a fully loaded vid. It's all about the timing.
Otherwise, there is the issue of the actual downloads themselves. They do come out more pixelated than they originally were but aspect ratio is untouched. The sound can screw up but not horribly.
Worst is...that it sometimes cuts your downloads off early.


I wish that I could find something more stable than this...but right now, it's all that I have to download quality vids with aside from torrents and I've had so much trouble with them.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.9.12
Version 4.9.12 added MP3 192kbps as a default output format in the converter.
Publisher Michel Gutierrez
Publisher web site
Release Date November 21, 2012
Date Added November 28, 2012
Version 4.9.12
Category Browsers
Subcategory Firefox Add-ons & Plugins
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista
Additional Requirements Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later
Download Information
File Size 735.35KB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 359,515
Downloads Last Week 97
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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