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7 Free, Must Have Windows Software for Download Junkies

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We always tend to download stuff from the internet. Be it movies, music, software, ebooks, we’re always in thirst of information and download plenty of things from the web. If you’re a download junkie, you can try the following free software I’ve listed below to make things better, easier and efficient:

FlashGet / Free Download Manager

Nothing beats these for download management. There’s torrent support in both these software. Flashget integrates very well with most popular browsers and the latter has support for downloading flash video files. Check out more free download managers.

uTorrent

Lightweight, feature rich, and encryption for your torrent downloads. Simply the best torrent client out there. It’s even got a Web based UI that can be used to control it via a remote interface.

DownThemAll


If you just don’t want to have multiple apps for just the sake of downloading, try the DownThemAll add-on for Firefox. DownThemAll is an excellent download manager and accelerator that is constantly being developed.

FileZilla


FTP client that has got it all. It’s cross platform, and has drag and drop and speed limiting features. Multi lingual interface is available as well.

BitMeter

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Bitmeter can be used to track download and upload speeds, and also bandwidth consumption. A little tool to estimate the time it’ll take to download a file is also inbuilt. Check out more bandwidth monitors.

Universal Extractor

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These days, most files you download are compressed, and so an uncompressor becomes indispensable. Universal Extractor is very superior than any other archiving tool, and virtually supports every other archiving format you can think of.

CCleaner

CCleaner can clean up the temporary files and other installation mess that appears once you complete your downloads. An uninstaller and a registry cleaner are built in to CCleaner.

Bonus: FileHippo Update Checker – This 100KB tool analyses installed software on your computer and lists updates for those software. In a matter of a few clicks, you can instantly update

Additional information from you is welcome in the comments!

Written by Killer Tech Tips

March 30th, 2008 at 9:00 am

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  • http://www.rakshitk.com/blog Rakshit

    I use Free Download Manager and FileZilla most frequently. Never heard of DownloadThemAll. I suppose I should give it a try as well. Seems to be a very useful FF plugin.

  • http://www.whoismadhur.com Madhur Kapoor

    Flashget and utorrent just rock. I have to give a try to Bitmeter.

  • http://www.techzilo.com Sumesh

    Good ones – I use FlashGet, Filezilla and CCleaner myself.

    Just one thing – some of these apps are tailored for bloggers/webmasters, though your readers are not.

    Stumbled ;)

  • http://www.shankarganesh.com Shankar Ganesh

    @Rich: Thanks, Rich.
    @Rakshit: Do try it. That’s one Firefox extension that I can’t live without :D
    @Madhur: Yes, that’s true. uTorrent is one of my favourite programs.

  • http://www.shankarganesh.com Shankar Ganesh

    @Sumesh: Well, I’m guessing you’re pointing to Filezilla? Rest of the apps mentioned serve a purpose to all kinds of users, I’m sure people who’re not bloggers/webmasters will find it useful as well :)

  • http://www.techspikes.com/ Narayanan Hariharan

    @Shankar: So does 7-Zip!

  • http://wallysjokemail.com wally

    Thumbs Up….Universal Extractor is awesome.

  • http://techalerts.blogspot.com/ Keshav Khera

    Well great list..
    Instead of Universal Extractor, i use 7zip. Two programs i use daily are uTorrent and Ccleaner (and both of them rock :D ).

  • http://www.shankarganesh.com Shankar Ganesh

    @Wally: Thanks Wally, glad you liked it.
    @Keshav: Hehe Indeed they rock.

  • gigaget

    USE GIGAGET..it owns all else

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  • http://blog.nftecnostar.com Nicholas Francis

    hey very good list there buddy.. good going.. i will send this to my frnd.. he is a download maniac

  • http://www.lytebyte.com Joel

    I like FileHippo….This concept is much talked about in WordPress and other stuffs but not on windows which I believe has lot of potential…

  • http://blo.arpitnext.com ArpitNext

    Again a nice post

  • http://beautifulminds.in Vishnu

    Flashget is what I use and its damn good..!

  • http://techmalaya.com Syahid A.

    Instead of DownThemAll, Free Download Manager does a good job for me. Cool list Madhur.

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  • Arun G.

    What about Download Accelerator Plus ( DAP) free version. I think it is also good progrmme for fast downloading.

  • http://www.shankarganesh.com Shankar Ganesh

    @Joel: Yes, a tool like FileHippo update checker does have a lot of potential. In Linux, it’s possible to update the entire system (includes all individual software).

    @Vishnu: Indeed FlashGet rocks.

    @Syahid: Hehe FDM is a good tool as well.

    @Arun: Flashget and FDM come so close to DAP in terms of features and also they’re free, so I think there’s no point in mentioning it DAP :)

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  • http://mayuonline.com/eblog Mayooresan

    I’m gonna grab all 7! :)

  • http://www.shankarganesh.com Shankar Ganesh

    @Mayooresan: Do grab them :D

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  • http://www.teenblogger.net Ganesh

    Great list! I use Download Accelerator Plus instead of Free Download Manager. Even though you have to buy it, I love it very much. It rocks to see download speeds like 400kbps.

  • http://www.teenblogger.net Ganesh

    I love Filezilla and its easy to use interface. Filezilla is truly a boon for bloggers. Great post! Keep it up!:)

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    Thank you for the info, download it now

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