Free Download Manager is one of the top download managers for Windows. That's my verdict after using it for a while on my new computer. I came across that download manager before on various websites who always praised the software but I never tested it over a longer period of time; Until now.
It comes in two versions. A light version which uses less resources but lacks support for Bittorrent, video conversions and uploads and a full version which has those features integrated. They can be separately added if needed which is actually a very nice and user friendly way.
The download manager obviously supports all the features that are required of a download manager. It can download files in parts to speed up transfers, queue up files, resume unfinished downloads, supports password protected downloads, comes with a scheduler and traffic adjustments.
It makes use of a small download area that is floating on the screen which will initiate the download of files that are dragged and dropped on it.
It offers some features that are pretty unique though. It can download selected files from zip archives which comes in handy if you only need one file out of a zip archive. Downloading websites is supported as well as downloading flash videos from several popular video portals.
The download manager is regularly updated by its development company. If you look at the program's feature set you will notice that it virtually supports every feature one would expect from a download manager. This begins with download accelerations, support for resuming broken downloads, a scheduler to schedule downloads at specific days or times of the day, a remote control to control downloads from any Internet connection, and a portable version that you can put on a removable drive to take it with you wherever you go.
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