Rapid leech is a fine server script that lets you download files from file hosting sites like Rapidshare using a server instead of your home connection which may speed up downloads from those sites significantly.
You need of course a server or web space to install the script and run it from there.
When you run it you simply add a url with the file, have the option to include comments which sometimes contain the password for protected files. In the next page you have the option to send it to you email, use a proxy and select a save folder where the file should be saved. Lastly it contains a filemanager which is basically a list of all downloaded files with comments (if you have enabled them)
If you have a server that you want to use for the task take a look at Rapidleech.
Update: The developers have improved the script considerably in recent years. It now works with 45 different file hosting services including the ones mentioned above plus other high profile services such as Depositfiles or Easy-Share.
The script supports plugins which can extend the functionality significantly. The project since then has moved over to Google Code where the latest version of the script can be downloaded. The old website is still partially functional though, but downloads and updates are now posted on Google Code only.
Users who do not have a server at their disposal can sign up for Rapidfree servers that come setup with everything one would need to get started right away. These servers come at a cost though and it is highly suggested to compare prices and reliability before signing up for any of those services.
A good starting place for additional information about Rapidleech is the Wiki and the official forum.
Update 2: The files hosted on Google Code are deprecated, and the only option to download the latest working version of the script is to download it from the official forum after registration.
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