Unregistered users who want to download files from the file hosting service Depositfiles need to wait 60 seconds before they can download the first file. Additional time limits are added once a few downloads have been made so that it is possible that you spend more time waiting for downloads to become active than for the download instead.
Another difference between regular and gold downloads on the file hosting site is that regular downloads are capped in terms of speed, while gold downloads are not.
Some users help themselves by using download managers, such as JDownloader to download multiple files from Depositfiles or another file hosting service. Still, for a quick download or two the direct approach is usually the best and fastest option, and depending on where you are and which computer you use, the only one available to you at that time.
Update: Please note that the Chrome extension is no longer working properly. We have removed the link to it as a consequence. There does not seem to be an extension or user script available at the time of writing that lets you bypass the Depositfiles download page as a free user. The best option that you have is to use a download manager such as JDownloader ir MiPony instead. While that does not get rid of the captcha, it is more comfortable than having to use the Depositfiles website for the downloads.
DepositFiles Download Helper is a Chrome extension that optimizes the downloading of files from Depositfiles.com even further. The Chrome extension basically ignores the countdown on the download page and initiates the file download immediately.
This works on every download countdown window over at the Depositfiles website. Depositfiles will display a different screen after a few downloads, and the user will have to refresh that screen before the downloads start again immediately before the countdown runs out.
Still, DepositFiles Download Helper speeds up file downloads quite a bit. The extension is best suited for users who occasionally download files from Depositfiles.
Another helpful browser plugin that is compatible with Depositfiles is Skipscreen, which is available for both Firefox and Google Chrome. (Update: SkipScreen does not work anymore either)
Another option is the userscript Depositfiles download timer remover and download slot getter (what a name) which is compatible with Google Chrome and Firefox. (Update: Also no longer available)