We all download loads of softwares and tools everyday from the internet. Some of us have download queues that never end. Not all of us have high speed connections though.
So the best thing to do is try some download managers for Windows that actually help you in managing your downloads efficiently and also help in speeding them up.
Top free Download Managers
- Download Accelerator Plus
- Free Download Manager
- Fresh Download – Downloads Manager
- Star Downloader
Download Accelerator Plus is a reputed download manager for Windows that claims to accelerate downloads 400% faster. There’s a free and a premium version. The free version is ad-supported. One good feature of Download Accelerator Plus is that it lets you preview files while they’re being downloaded. Tabbed Interface is new in the latest version of Download Accelerator Plus. Get Download Accelerator Plus
FlashGet is another popular download manager for Windows that boasts to raise download speeds by 6 to 10 times. While that may be a daunting figure, FlashGet has very good features like the ability to run virus checks once file download is complete. Flash Get also supports MMS, RTSP and eMule protocols. File categorization is also supported. Grab Flash Get.
Free Download Manager is an open source download manager for windows that has loads of useful features including BitTorrent support, audio/video file previewing and others. The latest version of Free Download Manager has the ability to download YouTube video files as .FLVs and convert them. You can also make a portable version of Free Download Manager that you can carry around in your USB flash drives. Get Free Download Manager
Fresh Download Manager has most features that a download manager should have, like scheduling, resuming/pausing downloads. In addition, it has many tools like a built in Zip file extractor. Fresh Download Manager easily integrates with all popular browsers. Get Fresh Download Manager.
Orbit is the favourite choice for the current web 2.0 generation. It integrates well with IE and Firefox, and can download stuff (videos, music and more) from web 2.0 sites like YouTube, Myspace, etc. RapidShare integration is a cool feature that Orbit download manager has. Get Orbit.
Star Downloader was one of the earliest download managers for Windows. Like in any other download manager, you could categorize downloads. Star Downloader integrates well with popular browsers. Plus, Star Downloader allows you to download all files of a certain type from a website. Get Star Downloader
My favourites are DAP and Free Download Manager. What are your favourites? Tell me if I’ve missed any!