What’s the best download manager for you?

It has been a highly frustrating week for me: I just got my results from my previous exam, and it totally knocked down the house of cards (my grades) that I built up with difficulty. My undergraduate thesis also isn’t going too well.

This is my week in a nutshell.

This is my week in a nutshell.

More importantly, however, I have once again become immersed in download managers. I thought I outgrew this phase, but nostalgia simply jumped upon me, and here I am once more. I’m especially enamored with NetPumper v. 1.0 with Banner Killer, though (and the ad-supported version at that). If one asked me, I myself don’t know why, just that I currently am. I have been disappointed with Download Accelerator Plus of late, however, so I uninstalled it. In most cases, it simply didn’t function the way that I wanted it to. (Since I’m a fickle man, however, I may reinstall it in the future.) While I’m fickle and quite easily swayed (especially during these stressful times) I decided to keep two download managers. I kept the old version of NetPumper simply because of nostalgia, but I tried searching for more capable download managers and I found DownThemAll for Firefox. It performed very well during my first try (unlike the picky behavior of DAP), so for the time being I’m keeping it as my regular download manager.

I uninstalled NetPumper Pro because I didn’t want to have two download managers that performed the same function at the same time (DAP had several more advanced features than NetPumper Pro because its development was not halted). I’m thinking about reinstalling it; if DownThemAll continues to perform excellently, however, I’ll find no reason to do that.

I made three drafts regarding this matter and was even highly hesitant posting about it, since it’s not about anime at all. Nevertheless, I thought I’d allow myself some respite from all the bullshit that’s going on around me. So here I go.

P.S. The NetPumper v. 1.0 with Banner Killer contains the installer of NetPumper v. 1.0 and its accompanying Banner Killer. I installed it on my computer, and there aren’t really any advertisements to an obsolete product any longer. However, it’s still better to have an anti-virus guard. Feel free to delete all DLLs except the IEProxy DLL.

P.P.S. I will get back to writing about anime: I’m just waiting for Toradora to come out, since I just simply know it’s going to be a saucy episode.

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15 Responses to “What’s the best download manager for you?”

  1. Ryan A Says:

    I have no clue about those, but if you want to browse the web faster, while downloading at a good speed in other programs, I’d recommend finding a caching proxy… which is store images, etc locally so they don’t redownload when browsing.

    Also, I’ve used FlashGot, and there is an extension for Firefox called FlashGet, which was nice. Eventually, I got rid of FlashGot, but kept FlashGet and use wget as a download manager.

    Try FlashGet/FlashGot (http://www.flashget.com/en/download.htm and http://flashgot.net/).

  2. nanu Says:

    I don’t tend to try new software often; I use what works. I use Free Download Manager out of habit, back when it was a overall replacement for GetRight. Following this, I neglected its version upkeep, and then got used a lack of browser integration once I upgraded from Firefox 2 to Firefox 3, and then switching browsers entirely to Google Chrome.

  3. Turambar Says:

    Your current week is my entire last semester. With the exception of the thesis which I’m screwing up this semester as well.

    More on topic, I generally use DownloadTheAll when I do direct download something, though I usually torrent when possible if it’s a sizable file.

  4. Michael Says:

    Don’t you mean the other way around, Ryan? Isn’t FlashGot the integrated download manager, and FlashGet the program?


    I tried GetRight before, but it just didn’t warrant its $50 price. It wasn’t the best of the bunch. Oh, and Google Chrome is nice.


    That’s a pretty bad semester.

    OK, thanks.

  5. g Says:

    days are sweeping by. i badly want to graduate so i can begin again. 🙁

  6. Michael Says:

    I want to graduate as well. Really. But there’s a whole lot of shit to stop me from doing that.

  7. cardslash02 Says:

    I use DownThemAll, and the built-in firefox download function.

    I used to use FlashGet, but DownThemAll performs the same functions while being integrated into firefox (most important here is the resume function).

    I had problems with FlashGet as it opens multiple simultaneous connections, which is forbidden on some servers. Though that results in a faster download time, it turns out to not be worth it.

    Of course, my mainstay is downloading through IRC – though not a download manager program, it can certainly function as one.

  8. Michael Says:

    Thanks for the comment, cardslash!

    I’ll obtain DownThemAll once again. Thanks for the tip. 🙂

  9. jigen7 Says:

    if you want and by far by best that i have use is IDM(Internet download Manager) its really easy to use….try it and u wont be dissapointed

  10. downuall Says:

    IDM ableto download from un resumable servers, i use it to download games , repidshare, mega upload,adrive bla bla bla bla u can download 50 gig in one day

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