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YouTube Saved

CNET Editors' review

Guppy's YouTube Saved is a very basic free YouTube downloader and file converter. Although it's free, extremely compact, and not difficult to use, it offers few of the conversion formats and options found in nearly every other YouTube downloader these days, free or not. Worse, it's buggy and crash-prone.

YouTube Saved's installer required us to decline more "extras" than we're used to seeing, so be careful as you install this one. The super-basic user interface describes the program's four steps: 1) Copy and paste a YouTube URL; 2) Select your device from the drop-down menu; 3) Select a destination folder; and 4) Start. There's no Help file or settings, and we declined to click the Special Offers link. We pasted a video's URL and clicked the Format menu, but instead of device types, the drop-down menu offered just five choices, and two of those were 3GP. The others were MP4, FLV, and WebM. But YouTube Saved downloaded our video to our selected folder and offered to play it, which we opted for. File quality is adequate for YouTube or mobile devices. But when we tried to download a new video, YouTube Saved issued a series of script error messages and then froze and crashed. The script error messages persisted after we closed and reopened YouTube Saved.

It's not difficult to do better than YouTube Saved. Free YouTube downloaders are common, even abundant, and we've tried many. All but a handful of them outperformed YouTube Saved.

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All User Reviews

Results 1-10 of 16

  • 5.0 stars

    "worked well. fast download."

    March 6, 2013  |   By mark4fun

    Version: YouTube Saved 1.9

    Pros

    just downloaded Titanium music video and transferred it to my iphone. it worked well and took a couple of seconds to do it.

    Cons

    nice to see a feature to download multiple videos.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "roller coaster sick"

    February 11, 2013  |   By ctrapeze

    Version: YouTube Saved 1.9

    Pros

    see summary please

    Cons

    please see summary

    Summary

    i don't trust this item. Two reasons: All the HIGH ups and LOW downs - looks like a shoot out. AND: at least one reviewer double-tipping.

    PS: i have a HARD time with "advertisements", "harmful" or not - they ALWAYS "require action" in my pc!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It does the job!"

    May 4, 2012  |   By kis-kiss

    Version: YouTube Saved 1.2

    Pros

    Works on my computer just fine, I didn't see any malware when I downloaded and used it.

    Cons

    none so far

    Summary

    I didn't see any malware warnings and it downloads all the videos that I want, so I don't have to go back and forth to youtube. Plus sometimes youtube blocks a lot of videos so when I get it on my computer I don't have to worry not seeing it on Youtube.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It downloads video very fast"

    May 4, 2012  |   By joydesk

    Version: YouTube Saved 1.2

    Pros

    I frequently watch Youtube videos and carry them around with my IPhone. I have tried several products in the market to download them and I found Youtube Saved is the fastest one so far.

    Cons

    It will be nice to have a feature to download multiple video at a time.

    Summary

    Well, it just works! (and free)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Product, No Malware!"

    May 1, 2012  |   By hirosama

    Version: YouTube Saved 1.2

    Pros

    Can grab my favorite youtube videos and watch whenever I want!

    Cons

    There are some ads, but nothing out of the ordinary.

    Summary

    This is an awesome product that I've been trying to find for a long time! I've had no malware or virus issues whatsoever. Norton says its clean and I believe them!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I Uninstalled it right after installation."

    May 1, 2012  |   By scott992012

    Version: YouTube Saved 1.2

    Pros

    Downloaded quickly.

    Cons

    Avast detected a malicious url blocked from the thank you page. That's enough for me to not trust the program itself.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "NO MALWARE"

    May 1, 2012  |   By aquariumlust

    Version: YouTube Saved 1.2

    Pros

    Not sure what SteveWilliamsCNET is talking about. The product does not download or install any malware. In fact the program is really great, and does exactly as advertised.

    Cons

    There are some advertisements, but none that are harmful or that require action.

    Summary



    Updated on May 1, 2012

    For some reason, Avast flags the Thank You page as malware, but I can attest there is absolutely no malware present on this page from this program.

    Updated on May 1, 2012

    The entire website is also verified by Norton and Verisign.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DISGUSTING - BEWARE - ALERT - DONT DOWNLOAD"

    May 1, 2012  |   By SteveWilliamsCNET

    Version: YouTube Saved 1.2

    Pros

    None. I would not use this software in any format.

    Cons

    Tried to install MALWARE from a redirected thank you page.

    Summary

    When I started to install this software I was given the option to install all the usual spammy web bars which I refused. When I clicked the install button I was redirected to a so called thank you page which was detected by my anti virus program (AVAST) as trying to install malware and make changes to my registry. This is DISGUSTING behaviour from a software producer and CNET needs to take note of this. DO NOT DOWNLOAD and more so DO NOT INSTALL. Avoid.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Amazing Product!!!"

    April 16, 2012  |   By Blair26

    Version: YouTube Saved 1.1

    Pros

    Short download time, allows you to start using it right away. Does not slow down my computer or add a ton of extra things I don't want.

    Cons

    So far none that I can see.

    Summary

    All I have to do is search for any video online and boom its saved as as an mp3 onto my computer and I can put it on my phone or mp3player. Love it!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "worked for recording a live mma event"

    April 9, 2012  |   By madmadworld

    Version: YouTube Saved 1.1

    Pros

    needed to time shift worked good

    Cons

    none yet will report any if found latter

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