The majority of file hosting websites make use of captchas when free account users or guests try to download files from their servers. For me, that's more of a way to make the downloads less convenient to convince more users to upgrade to a premium account. Still, there is not much you can do if you need to download a file from the hosting server.
I already mentioned earlier today that I like to use the JDownloader software to download files from file hosting services. It is more convenient, especially since it saves the download queue so that downloads can be resumed at any time. Captchas on the other hand still need to be filled out. That's a problem if you need to leave the computer for a longer period of time, or if you do not want the captchas to disturb you from other computer activities.
Ghacks reader KoalaBear suggested to use the plugin Captcha Trader for automatic captcha solving. The service is offered as a plugin for JDownloader, MiPony and a handful of other popular downloaders. It basically allows the user to either buy credits or solve captchas in advance so that captchas in JDownloader are resolved automatically by the plugin.
Here is how Captcha Trader works.
The plugin will not show up in JDownloader. It won't work right away since you do not have any credits in the beginning. That is, unless you have bought credits on the site. 10000 credits on the site, good for at least 1000 solved captchas cost $6 Dollars.
Instead of paying, users can earn credits by solving captchas on the Captcha Trader website. A click on Earn Credits displays a captcha every 50 or so seconds. Solving the captcha correctly will award credits to the account.
Users earn seven credits for text recognition captchas, and three for image recognition captchas. It costs ten credits to solve text captchas, and five credits to solve image recognition captchas.
It is furthermore possible to cash out at anytime. 10000 credits equate $1.
Once you got enough credits, captchas are automatically resolved in the software you use to download files from file hosts. The captcha should not pop up anymore which is great if you need to work full screen.
Update: Captcha Trader seems to have been discontinued and we are not aware of any free solution that works with JDownloader at the moment.
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