A reader send me an email last night asking if I had any information about the orbitnet.exe process that was started when Orbit Downloader was active. Zonealarm would describe the process as "P2P service of Orbit Downloader" and that seemed to have rang some alarm bells because P2P services are often used as spyware.
He experienced slow downs even when no downloads were in the queue which are indicators that something is not right. Ghacks to the rescue. I decided to investigate orbitnet.exe and see what I can find. I remembered a setting in the options of Orbit Downloader that could have something to do with this behavior.
I opened Tools > Preferences and scanned all options for a sign of Orbitnet. I found it in the Accelerate menu. Enable Orbitnet to accelerate downloads is checked by default, as is Use mirror connections to accelerate download speed and Try to download from P2P and mirror sources when the target url does not exist.
Orbit Downloader uses Orbitnet to accelerate download speed which is based on p2p and auto mirroring search technology. If Orbitnet is disabled, you will get (the) file from source only and can't get accelerated download speed via Orbitnet.
I disabled this options when I configured Orbit Downloader because I do not use mirrors and did not want to use P2P to download the files that I wanted to download using the download manager. The easiest way to get rid of this task is to uncheck Enable Orbitnet to accelerate download speed.
Close and Restart Orbit Downloader afterwards and you will see that the orbitnet.exe process is not listed in the task manager anymore.
The answer to the question is therefor no, at least from what I can gather from the information provided. It still may slow down the system, and I highly recommend to disable the option provided by the program to not run into the risk of this on your system.
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