YTD Video Downloader

YTD Video Downloader

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 3881 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.4
  • Total Downloads:
    146,876,558
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 31, 2013
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    110.9KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    107,845
  • 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

"full of popups"

May 25, 2015  |  By geklxsro

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

no pros except that is free. try viddozonk much better

Cons

this program contains a malware

Summary

trust me try viddozonk

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1 stars

"DO NOT DOWNLOAD INCLUDES MALWARE"

May 24, 2015

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

Downloads 1080p versions of youtube videos easily.

Cons

The software developer included a Malware hack using Spigot Search Protection to force Adware onto not only your PC but also your Mac! It installs extensions into Chrome automatically as well as forcing yahoo to be your default search engine on all browsers. There's no honest uninstall feature and even if you answer no to partner ads during the install, YTD will still install the malware. DO NOT DOWNLOAD, if you find a better YouTube downloader that the developer is honest and not a bastard like this one... please share.

Summary

Developer is includes Spigot Malware in the install. BEWARE!!!

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1 stars

"ATROCIOUS SOFTWARE"

May 13, 2015  |  By bhaxkrif

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

ITS FREE.BUT OTHER LIKE VIDDOZONK ITS CLEAN FROM VIRUS AND FASTER

Cons

LOTS OF ADWARE THAT COMES WITH THIS SOFTWARE

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1 stars

"Download only if you want a VIRUS!"

May 12, 2015  |  By JulianSF

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

None - has viruses

Cons

Will infect your machine with:
PC Cleaner
Adware
Pop-ups asking you to upgrade to premium version

Summary

The old version was great, had no adware of malware. This version will not let you opt out of the ads, and will infect your machine!

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1 stars

"YTD Video Downloader"

April 29, 2015

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

I liked using old version.

Cons

I liked using the software, but on 4-28-15 I did their update. It added an addon to Firefox that made Firefox inoperable. It was hell to resolve the problem. Don't update the program if you can avoid it. Uninstall it rather than update. Use Youtube Downloader HD or atube Catcher instead. They are free.

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1 stars

"YTD has gone EVIL!!!!"

April 18, 2015  |  By Vikram Tejpal

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

used to work brilliantly, till about last week when all hell broke lose on my pc

Cons

installs device crippling trojans and viruses ..i had to pay $40 to buy spyhunter as it was the only software that could even detect these malicious programs. Windows Defender could not detect them, neither could some of the most popular other anti-spyware/adware programs i tried.

Summary

i don't understand how cnet is still distributing YTD ..that too with a note on the download page that say it comes with "no spyware, adware" !!!!! .......thanks a lot guys! ....you owe me 40 dollars! ...**** you

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1 stars

"MALWARE! Chrome is broken and my antivirus disappeared!"

April 13, 2015  |  By kramme789

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

There are no Pros! I wish I had never downloaded this infernal software!

Cons

MALWARE! Everytime I try and open Chrome it crashes and my Avast! Antivirus is missing!

Summary

I had a youtube video downloader that I used for years with no issue. The updates stopped coming for the downloader and youtube updates prevented it from working anymore.
I spent an hour trying to search for a "safe" replacement and failed miserably. Ever since I downloaded it I have not been able to use my old computer. Thankfully I bought a new one a couple of months beforehand or I would have been screwed.
Chrome crashes almost instantly anytime I try to launch it and I get nowhere with IE. My antivirus disappeared and my recover center won't open even in safe mode. If anyone had the same issue and found a solution please post.

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1 stars

"Beware the Malware!"

April 11, 2015  |  By Observer18

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

-Works sometimes

Cons

-Downloaded a Trojan "Pro PC Cleaner"
-Crashed my PC into utter shambles
-Had to use a Troubleshoot to reset everything back to factory settings
-Has a pretty high installation error rate

Summary

Be careful with fire kids or you'll get burned.

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1 stars

"Program Managed to install malware outside of Sandboxie"

April 03, 2015  |  By maxb

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

No Pros, basic functioning program full of malware!

Cons

Full of Malware that messes with your browsers, and installs without your permission! Has to screens that you can op out on, but still installs malware, redirects you to sites that display screens saying your infected with malware, buy this to remove, or a fake Microsoft site that tells you to buy another program. On one site there even an ad at the bottom saying ads by YTD! Program managed to install malware in Chromodo browser even though I ran it in a sandbox program Sandboxie, for some reason it didn't manage to install malware on Chrome probably because I was running that sandboxed and using it to download the file off download.com, it also reset windows to hide hidden files and folders.

Summary

This programs installer will install malware on your computer even if you run it in a sandbox. Also it is undetectable by 100 antivirus engines. You will spend hours trying to find the infection and fail, and will have to remove your browser program and manually delete any left over files, and run registry optimizer and then re-install the previously infect browsers, and who knows maybe they will get reinfected? Believe all the reviews that tell you this software infects you computer, and don't be leave the reviews that say it's the people installing it not opting out those are just planted reviews!

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5 stars

"Simple, does the job"

March 24, 2015

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

Easy to use
Downloads videos with no problem

Cons

People have reported malware problems.

PLEASE. When downloading any freeware software, be sure to look and read at what you're clicking during the download process. I just redownloaded YTD and noticed there were two separate options to download tag a long software (which most likely is containing the malware)

You DO NOT need to accept every terms and conditions for everything. Its not 2002 anymore, you cant just speed through download screens. Keep and eye out, be observant.

Summary

Great program. Make sure to decline terms for Tag-a-Long programs during download and you wont have any trouble.

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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 110.9KB
File Name YTDSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 146,876,558
Downloads Last Week 107,845
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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