Internet Download Manager Review – Why you should buy it?

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Download managers have wide applications like downloading YouTube videos and optimizing bandwidth speeds. Internet Download Manager (IDM) is one of the best software applications in this class. You can schedule your downloads or even download the whole website. With Android and iOS, the impetus has changed to apps. But if you are a desktop user, you will definitely like this piece of juggernaut.

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IDM 6.23 BUILD 11 is the latest version as of May 1st, 2015. The best feature of this application is its update with different versions of browsers. It is compatible with all popular browsers like IE, Chrome, AOL, MSN, Mozilla, Netscape, Firefox, Avant Browser and many more. The best part of it is that it can be integrated into any Internet application to take over downloads using unique “Advanced Browser Integration” feature.

The best implementation of this software is in downloading videos from the Internet. Whenever you visit Vimeo, MetaCafe, Twitch, DailyMotion or YouTube, a small-icon pops up on the video. You just have to click that button and the video downloads.

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I have tested on some of the popular video websites and IDM seems to work fine on most of them. This is less complicated than other download managers, extensions and add-ons which ask a thousand questions, before downloading something.

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IDM can record and download videos in various formats like MP4, FLV etc from popular sites like MySpaceTV and Google Video. One need not worry about the anti-virus scan. One can check the downloaded files with their favorite anti-virus engine like Kaspersky, Avast, AVG Anti-Virus, McAfee and others to protect their files from viruses and Trojans.

How to Scan Downloaded Files in IDM?

All you need to do is find the executable of the virus scanner program and provide its path to IDM. This is just like manually scanning any file using your anti-virus program. If there are any command line parameters, you need to provide them also. You have to integrate the program only once. Once you have completed this step, IDM will automatically scan the downloaded files, whether it be videos, audio, images or slides, and give the results.

Internet Download Manager v6.23 Review
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Summary

The answer to slow download speeds! IDM increases download speed by upto 5 times. You can resume downloads. Other download managers ask many questions before downloading something. Crack, Pirated versions of this software have an annoying fake-serial pop-up, which makes buying the genuine version imperative. I bought this, you can buy it with confidence. You can download Facebook, YouTube, MetaCafe videos with just a click. All popular browsers like IE, Firefox, Chrome are supported with their latest versions. The best video grabber in any web player. Provision for automatic-virus checking. Simple drag-n-drop feature to drop links to IDM and files out of it. IDM supports many types of proxy servers. IDM is available in multiple languages. You have built-in scheduler. Advanced browser integration and customizable interface. You can set download limits and has quick update features. With the help of dynamic segmentation, the file is divided into segments and improves performance of the download.

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General

You can launch your Internet Download Manager at system startup. There are different options under this tab. You can run the IDM module for monitoring in IE-based browsers like AOL, MSN, and Avant etc. IDM is compatible with many of the Windows operating systems like XP/NT/2000/Vista/7/8/8.1 including the 64 bit versions. The latest version also works with Windows 10. But for Windows 98/ME users, you need to use a different compatible program.

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The current IDM software will not work with Unix/Linux/Mac systems. It will also not work with mobile operating systems like Symbian, Android, and Windows Mobile etc. You can automatically start downloading of URLs placed to clipboard. You can capture downloads from the following browsers using advanced browser integration – Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, Opera. You can also add a browser, if it doesn’t exist.

Generally, when you click a link, the download is automatically taken over by IDM. But you can prevent this from happening. You can customize keys to prevent or force downloading with IDM. You can use the keys like Alt, Shift, Ctrl or any combination to prevent downloading with IDM for any links. At the same way, you can also force download IDM for any links. Similarly you can set different keys like Alt, Shift, Ctrl, Ins or combination to perform the same phenomenon.

You can also customize IDM items that appear in the context menu. You can select a link and right click and number of options are available. These options can be customized using this feature. For example, using Firefox and other Mozilla based browsers you can have different options in the context menu like – 1. Download with IDM. 2. Download last requested FLV video with IDM. 3. Download FLV videos with IDM from 10 last requested. 4. Download all links with IDM.

You can also customize the IDM download panels or icons that appear above the links or videos in browsers. IDM can show its download panel icon on a web player video, playing on services like DailyMotion, MetaCafe, Youtube in a browser when IDM detects a multimedia request from it. Generally, IDM download panel is displayed for the following file types. FLV, MP3, MP4, M4A, MPG, MPEG, AVI, WMV, WAV, ASF, RM, OGG, MOV, OGV, TS, MKV, 3G, QT, WEBM, F4V, M4V. You can also add a file type if you like.

You can also prevent IDM from capturing downloads from web players automatically.

File Types.

There are several file types on which IDM automatically starts downloading. These include 3GP 7Z AAC ACE AIF ARJ ASF AVI BIN BZ2 EXE GZ GZIP IMG ISO LZH M4A M4V MKV MOV MP3 MP4 MPA MPE MPEG MPG MSI MSU OGG OGV PDF PLJ PPS PPT QT R0* R1* RA RAR RM RMVB SEA SIT SITX TAR TIF TIFF WAV WMA WMV Z ZIP. These are the default list and you can add many. You can also prevent IDM from automatically downloading from a set of sites. Generally, certain sites are prevented by default.

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They include. *.update.microsoft.com download.windowsupdate.com siteseal.thawte.com ecom.cimetz.com *.voice2page.com. You can also edit the list of addresses from stopping IDM to download automatically. You can add wild card characters also to the web addresses to prevent certain type of files from downloading.

Save To

You can categorize your downloads into various categories. You can also specify the download location for each category. There are 6 different categories by default – General, Compressed, Documents, Music, Programs, and Video. A set of specific file types are assigned to each category. This saves you the trouble of locating the destination folder, each time you want to download any file type. You can also specify the Temporary directory which is used for storing file parts of a download. It is generally recommended that you select different physical drives for temporary directory and categories, for faster assembling of downloaded files.

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Downloads

You can also specify different download settings. You can show start download dialog, download complete dialog, start downloading immediately while displaying “Download File Info” dialog, show queue selection panel on pressing “Download Later” button and on closing batch download dialogs. You can also integrate your Virus scanner program. You just have to find the .exe of the virus program and provide its path. The anti-virus program will automatically scan the download and give you an accurate indication of the file status, depending upon the security of your anti-virus program.

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Connection

You can also set a connection type for your system and IDM. There are several different options like – Low speed, Medium speed and High speed. You can also set the maximum number of connections. Generally 8 is the default number, but you can increase it to 32 or reduce it to 1. This will divide the file into so many parts and each is given a separate connection. You can also set the maximum number of connections on a server basis. You can also set the download limits. For example, you can set how much MB or GB you want to download within a specified time frame.

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Proxy/socks Configuration

You can also assign proxies through which you can download files. The proxy can be used for different protocols like http, https and ftp. You can also download using socks by providing socks server address, port, username and password. You can use socks 4 or 5. You can also prevent IDM not to use proxy addresses for certain addresses beginning with certain characters or wild characters.

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Sites Logins.

Sometimes certain sites use username and passwords. You can only download files from such sites by providing the required information. In such cases, if you want to automatically download files from such secure sites, you can provide the login information, so that downloads take place smoothly.

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Dial Up/VPN

Users who are in remote places and still using dial up options can find this feature useful. You just have to define the connection and provide the login details. This also works out for VPN networking. For example, if you want to download Netflix TV serials or movies, you need a proxy or VPN. Just by providing its information and Netflix account details, you can easily download the required files.

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Sounds

You can also set sounds for different actions done by IDM. For example, you can assign different sounds for download complete, download failed, queue processing started and stopped/finished.

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Why you should Buy Internet Download Manager (IDM)?

In order to test its features, there is also a 30 day trial. After this you need to shell $29.95 if you want the complete version. But there is a special offer that keeps popping up, for $24.95, which expires within a few days. I provided an affiliate link using which, this offer of 20% discount, is available throughout the year. | Buy Now for $24.95

Generally, if you install crack, patch or serial key from unknown sources, you are pestered with an annoying message which looks something like this.

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A typical message saying that “Internet Download Manager has been registered with a fake Serial Number or the Serial Number has been blocked….” keeps popping up, which is very irritant to the eyes and your smooth browsing experience. In order to avoid that it’s always better to shed $25. Previously I used to use pirated and cracked versions of IDM. But whatever method I use and whenever I update to a newer version, this pop-up still comes up and wastes lot of time. So finally I decided to buy the original version.

CNET Review of Internet Download Manager

On CNET, under the category of Download Managers there are about 947 software to this date. It’s a very cumbersome task to try each application and know about its strengths and weaknesses.  So if you sort the software based on total downloads to date, IDM ranks on #3 spot. The total number of downloads till now are about 58 million and the editors rating is about 3.5 stars.

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There are about 1907 reviews for this product on CNET. About 75% of the users have given a 5 star or 4 star rating and about 15% have given 1 star rating. The file size is also very minimal of 5.94 MB.

What’s new in version 6.23 build 11?

Some problems arose with Firefox internal downloads. These were fixed which were related to erroneous interceptions. With the latest stable release of Chrome of Google Chrome 42.0.2311.135, there is a necessity to update browser integration. This was modified in the latest version. There is a latest release to Firefox, which is 38.0. So to this version IDM support was added.

Conclusion

This is one of the best download managers for Windows desktop. Since its inception in 1997, it is going on great guns and produced excellent results. There is no crapware or adware when you install the software and is very useful to download YouTube videos and the like. The best thing about this software is that it will give full throttle to your download speeds. For example, on my 2 mbps connection Internet I get download speeds of 260 to 300 kbps which are optimized for my bandwidth.

If you really want to save time in downloading files, its better you buy a genuine version of IDM.

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