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Oct 022012

Download Managers complement the process of downloading files from the Internet. The help increase the download speeds or even stop and resume your downloads. While browsers Firefox and Chrome have always been good at managing user downloads, download managers have been very helpful for Internet Explorer users who didn’t have a proper built in management system until recently.

We have compiled a list of  five of the best download managers below which you can use to take care of your day to day download needs.

  1. Download Accelerator Plus- Known as DAP for short, this download manager offers great download speeds and download scheduling features. It allows you to integrate your Antivirus software to ensure your downloaded files are safe for use. The latest version brings features like video acceleration, video converter,  cloud file storage, file ratings, email management and PC optimization. You can opt for a premium version for added functionality.

  2. Free Download Manager- This is probably the one we liked the most. It offers great integration with Windows and fast download speeds. FDM as it is known for short, also offers FTP and BitTorrent download support. Users who don’t need the added functionality can opt for a Lite version and install the features you need as plugins.

  3. Flashget- Probably the best known download manager out there will the highest number of users. Flashget offers antivirus scanning and allows you to create unlimited categories to sort your downloads. The latest version offers FTP, BitTorrent and eMule downloading.

  4. Internet Download Manager – Also known as IDM is one of the fastest download managers. It features resume and download scheduling, comprehensive error recovery and resume capability will restart broken or interrupted downloads due to lost connections, network problems, computer shutdowns, or unexpected power outages. IDM segments downloaded files dynamically during download process and reuses available connections without additional connect and login stages to achieve best acceleration performance.

  5. Orbit Downloader- This download manager features a smart download logic accelerator which features intelligent dynamic file segmentation. Considered a leader in the download manager revolution it supports downloading video, music and files from sites like MySpace, YouTube, Pandrora and

Another notable mention is the VDownloader. It is not  like traditional file download managers, Instead it is dedicated to downloading videos from the web. It features an easy to use interface and supports websites like YouTube, Facebook,, Google Video, Yahoo Video, MegaVideo, Veoh, Vimeo, Metacafe, DailyMotion, Break or other online streaming websites.

Do you use one of the download managers mentioned above? Or do you have one of your own you would like to share with the rest of the readers? Let us know in the comments section which follows.