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YTD Video Downloader

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 3896 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.4
  • Total Downloads:
    148,372,137
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 31, 2013
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    100.3KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    112,656
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Formerly known as plain old YouTube Downloader, the recently renamed YTD Video Downloader updates to version 4.0 with a promise of 2x faster downloads and 2x faster video conversions, and perhaps more usefully, the ability to resume downloads after the temporary loss of an Internet connection. As usual, the installer includes a Spigot-based YTD Video Toolbar and offers to change your default search engine to Yahoo and add 5-6 shopping extensions to Google Chrome. Clicking the "Decline" button during the lone advertising screen in the installer lets users easily opt-out of all offers.

Downloading worked very well for popular video sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and Blip.TV. As in previous reviews, YTD Video Downloader quickly saved the default MP4 file to the directory of my choice, which is easily selected or created from the main screen. I tried various CNET and "creative commons"-tagged videos on YouTube and had excellent download speeds. I was sure to try out the most recently added site that YTD supports--the Chinese video site Youku--and was able to download a wonderful beetle animation easily, though it did break longer videos into multiple files (see below).

The free version of YTD Video Download only allows downloading to the MP4 video format, so the additional conversion functionality for changing the file to WMV, AVI, or MP3 is welcome, but why not just convert the download on the fly? Converting video files worked acceptably well, although I did crash the app once converting a Download Video Preview from MP4 to MP3. The conversion completed, but the program become unresponsive and I had to force quit. I experienced other occasional brief program hangs when downloading large videos from foreign sites.

The video player in YTD is supposedly new for v4, but I can't tell the difference from v3. Users select a directory from which to select specific video files, and YTD Downloader plays back the video in a small windows that is about 300x165 pixels. A full-screen button is the only resizing option, and there is no skipping around within videos--the only controls are for moving to the previous or next video on the directory. It's a passable player to confirm that the video you selected was downloaded and is not corrupt, but no one would use YTD for their regular video player.

I tested out YTD's new "resume download" functionality the old-fashioned way--by ripping the ethernet cord out of the back of my PC. The software delivered as promised--after the PC was unplugged, the downloading files updated to a "Status" of "Paused, waiting for Internet connection" and then resumed appropriately after replugging into the network.

One thing I did notice is that YTD will (sometimes) break longer videos into multiple MP4 files, and if one of those files is complete when your Internet or computer crashes, YTD will restart all of those multiple files, even the completed ones. Not a huge problem, just a niggling annoyance, and I wasn't able to replicate the issue on YouTube (YTD always saved my YouTube videos as one file). A bit more frustrating than the mutiple files is the inability to resize the main application window to actually read the contents of the "Status" messages.

YTD Video Downloader version 4.0 doesn't add many new features, but performance of the latest update was impressive, and the app continues to work flawlessly on all the major video-streaming sites. I recommend it whole-heartedly without any reservations, aside from the standard mom-and-pop warning to only use the application for legal purposes per the laws and and regulations that apply to your geographic locale.

 
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1 stars

"TROJAN WARING! - This software will infect your system"

September 03, 2015  |  By Velandar

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

Pros

The software itself works well, the problem is that you can't install it without installing harmful virus software on your system. Don't download this unless you are running a good, up to date, anti-virus program. Go directly to the AVG or Avast websites and download the anti-virus software directly from the developers.

Cons

Full of garbage that will infect our system. CNET used to be a trustworthy website but their standards have slipped so low that it looks like they are taking pay-offs to allow virus infested software onto their "Recommended" list. Just about every program in their top 10 is oozing with malware and viruses.

Summary

If you ae an advanced user and you really want the software you can clean your system up after the fact but it's a time waster. If you are an average user it's better to avoid this download and try to find other software with the same function or another location to download from that does not allow all the crapware.

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1 stars

"Stay away. Use ViddeoZonk instead."

September 01, 2015  |  By xddbwgjr

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.9

Pros

Gets the job done, but read below...

Cons

Full of virus/spyware/malware etc just dont bother

Summary

Dangerous. Use a clean solution like *********** or VideoZzonk

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1 stars

"Free AVG detects a virus in the YTD installer EXE file"

September 01, 2015  |  By OldTulsan

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.9

Pros

My wife was using YTD.

Cons

CNet should address this virus ASAP.

Summary

Free AVG detects a virus in the YTD installer EXE file on CNet and other sites,

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4 stars

"Have had good experience with this, but also some probs"

August 27, 2015  |  By pscreatorist

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.9

Pros

Download a whole playlist from.Youtube - no need to do each video separately. Another good feature is that it remembers what it's in the process of downloading even if you shut down.

Cons

I had a buggy version I think - the files disappeared after downloading. Previously another version came with viruses, far as I recall

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1 stars

"Everything is limited."

August 27, 2015

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.9

Pros

Not much compare to other downloaders

Cons

Limits download speed to 250 KB/s
Conversation separate work.
Too much headache

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1 stars

"***DO NOT INSTALL***"

August 26, 2015  |  By CITIlynx01

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.9

Pros

BEST DOWNLOADER BUT DESIGNED ONLY TO CRIPPLE YOUR COMPUTER!

Cons

I'VE INSTALLED THIS MANY TIMES FOR THE LAST COUPLE YEARS.
WORKS FINE FOR A WHILE UNTIL IT ASKS YOUT TO INSTALL AN IMPORTANT UPDATE. IT REMAINS DORMANT AND WORKS NORMALLY FOR APPROX A WEEK BEFORE THE HAVOC BEGINS UNSUSPECTED.
IT USED TO BE JUST MALWARE/ADWARE.
NOW ITS CRYPTOWALL 3.0 ONE OF THE MOST SEVERE RANSOMWARE.
I'VE LOST MY DATA 3 TIMES BECAUSE OF THIS.
ITS DEFINITELY NO COINCIDECNE.
EVERY ANTIVIRUS FLAGS YTD AS A SEVERE THREAT TO YOUR PC.
BE VERY AWARE! FORGET ABOUT THIS SOFTWARE.

Summary

THIS CREATOR IS A LOWLIFE, HAS NO REAL INTEREST IN CREATING THE BEST SOFTWARE ONLY TO BUNDLE IT WITH VERY HARMFUL VIRUSES AND RANSOMWARE. THESE PEOPLE SHOULD BE LOCKED UP FOR A LONG TIME!

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4 stars

"gaytube downloader"

August 19, 2015  |  By aureliaandrewsb

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.9

Pros

gaytube downloader

Cons

gaytube downloader

Summary

Just read the following guide on how to use the gaytube downloader to batch download gaytube videos with great ease and speed at http://www.allavsoft.com/how-to/gaytube-download.html

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1 stars

"A disaster. Use VideoZzonk instead."

August 15, 2015  |  By bpttzrsx

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.9

Pros

Downloads youtube videos (but read below)

Cons

It is packed with useless malware.

Summary

Just dont bother. Use MelodyQuesst or VdoZonk.

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1 stars

"Rubbish. Don't bother wasting your time."

August 07, 2015  |  By Monkspeed

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.9

Pros

Err.......

Cons

Didn't even download what I wanted.
"Failed", yeah, you failed alright son.

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5 stars

"Not bad..."

August 06, 2015  |  By Le User

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.9

Pros

Easy enough to use
Good quality

Cons

Nothing bad to say

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.4
You can now download videos from more streaming sites. If your internet connection is limited, you can now save videos with lower quality. For large files, conversion data will be more accurate. Improved the download speed for smaller videos.
General
Publisher GreenTree Applications
Publisher web site http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/
Release Date July 31, 2013
Date Added July 31, 2013
Version 4.4
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements Adobe Flash Player 9
Download Information
File Size 100.3KB
File Name YTDSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 148,372,137
Downloads Last Week 112,656
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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