The majority of file hosting sites on the Internet make use of wait times and download or bandwidth limits to either drive users into buying a premium account for faster downloading or to deliver more advertisements during that time.
Download Helper is a new Opera extension that improves the downloading of files from specific file hosting sites. The Opera extension supports several popular file hosting services including Hotfile, Megaupload, Depositfiles, 4Shared and Mediafire.
Here are the effects on the file hosting sites:
The extension will start to download the selected file automatically once the wait time is over on three of the five file hosts. It can bypass the wait time on Hotfile and Depositfiles making it an interesting extension for users who download files from Hotfile or Depositfiles regularly.
Download Helper supports additional Georgian file hosts as well allowing the user to download files instantly from all supported file hosts.
Opera users who use at least one of the supported file hosts on a regular basis might want to test the Download Helper Opera add-on. Please take note that add-ons only work in Opera 11 and later.
Update: The extension has not been update since April 2011, which may mean that it might not be fully compatible with all supported hosting sites anymore. An alternative is not available currently as an Opera extension. Windows users may want to look at Jdownloader which can help you download files from hundreds of file hosts.
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