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YTD YouTube Downloader

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YouTube Downloader is a popular, free program that enables you to download and convert online videos (legal content, to which you have the rights) for later viewing on your desktop or mobile device. It can convert files to MOV, MP4, 3GP, WMV, AVI, or MP3.

The name "YouTube Downloader" is terribly misleading because the program, in fact, downloads a whole lot more than just YouTube videos. On the developer's site, you can find an extensive list of additional supported sites including Facebook and Vimeo. This wide net of support easily pushes YouTube Downloader to the top of its category.

When you find a video you'd like to download, copy the URL of the video page and open YouTube Downloader. From there, you'll notice that the program automatically pastes the URL into the appropriate field. Choose your desired Download quality (Best Available is a nice option) and your destination folder, then hit Download. Once your download is finished, hit the Play tab to watch. The Convert tab lets you export to a different file format for playing elsewhere, and gives you a convenient mini editor for making minor alterations before your export. You can change video volume (or remove audio altogether) and splice footage by setting specific start and end times.

One thing that disappointed us was the absence of a one-step download-and-convert function in the free version. If you want the one-step convenience, you'll have to upgrade to Pro ($19.90), which also gives you the capability of downloading multiple videos at once. Also, it would've been nice to be able to name files before downloading them, but that's certainly not a deal-breaker.

For online video enthusiasts looking to download non-copyrighted or personally owned videos, YouTube Downloader appears to be a near-perfect tool. Sure it's missing a few minor conveniences, but its simplicity and the fact that it casts such a wide net of support for online video sites make it virtually unbeatable.

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1 stars

"Shame on you CNET! Doesn't work AND infected my machine"

July 02, 2012  |  By Totera

 |  Version: YTD YouTube Downloader 3.8


It didn't explode


spyware at best


Every file that I converted was immediately quarantined by my security software. It changed my default search engine to Yahoo. And I am finding a few new processes running that have to be removed. Beaware of this software. I used to trust CNET!

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2 stars

"There's better out there! How did this get 4 stars??"

July 01, 2012  |  By My3SonsPlus1

 |  Version: YTD YouTube Downloader 3.8


Downloads and converts fast, but not very well


First of all, YTD installed a YTD toolbar without asking. It also attempted to set my default search to Yahoo, but I was able to stop that through a Windows alert, and not because YTD asked.

As far as the program itself is concerned: I entered a YouTube video expecting it to convert to an avi or mpeg. It does not. It downloads the video as an flv file. This video then must be converted in a separate step. I really didn't mind taking this extra step (I see that the paid version does this all in one step), however I was very disappointed with the finished product. Video quality was very poor and I deleted it right away. Since I had converted it to an mpeg, I tried to see if converting it to an avi file produced any better results. It did not.

I then downloaded YouTube Downloader HD and the end result was very nice. It downloaded and converted in one action and the quality was what I expected. It took a while but that's ok.


I would forego this program becasue of two reasons: 1) it's another cleverly disguised program that tries to install items that you didn't want or expect and 2) while the program works fairly fast, the results are less than what you'd want.

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1 stars

"hijacked !?"

July 01, 2012  |  By copperwasher367

 |  Version: YTD YouTube Downloader 3.8


this laptop i use is a clean machine (i.e - it never goes onto dodgy sites).

i downloaded YTD yesterday, only to find my google searches all being hi-jacked by yahoo (which i never use or installed knowingly).

the only install yesterday was YTD ! (which installed a yahoo tool bar (which YTD never asked me if this was ok) - i removed the tool bar, and now i have successfully removed yahoo from the search engine default library - IM NOT IMPRESSED TO SAY THE LEAST.


it might be coincidence of yahoo becoming my default search engine, but its unlikely !!!

you decide


NFM... not for me

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.8
In version 3.8 we fixed a download problem reported by several users and made some minor improvements.
Publisher GreenTree Applications
Publisher web site http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/
Release Date June 28, 2012
Date Added June 28, 2012
Version 3.8
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 100.3KB
File Name YTDSetup.exe
Total Downloads 148,372,137
Downloads Last Week 112,656
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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