Internet Download Manager
IDM manages and accelerates downloads, even with Windows 8
"best free internet manager"
- Download scheduling
- Integrates with most browsers
- Very simple to use
- The interface is really ugly
Softonic Editorial Team
Internet Download Manager is a download manager that sorts out everything: files, images, videos... It's perfect for optimizing your download speed and easily organizing your files.
Perfect for optimizing and planning your downloads
Internet Download Manager is the ideal tool for downloading at a faster speed and scheduling file saving. The software is very practical, with lots of quality options (e.g. to record video from website content). Internet Download Manager is very well integrated with Windows (whatever version you are using) as well as the most common web browsers (Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and many others).
One of its strengths is the ability to resume a download from the point at which it was interrupted. Internet Download Manager also creates multiple connections to the server for the same archive, which greatly speeds up the download.
Ugly but accessible and efficient
Internet Download Manager is very easy to handle because you simply have to drag the address of a video found into the downloads list.
Once it's captured the link of the video you want to download, the software takes care of everything. You can choose to start the transfer immediately or add it to a scheduling list and download it later.
Internet Download Manager is very accessible for beginners: in addition to providing practical advice, the software interface is very neat. This means all your past and future downloads are organized by folder, allowing for very efficient navigation. That said, the Internet Download Manager interface does look like it's been hit with the ugly stick, complete with huge buttons you'd swear had come straight out of Windows 95.
Our verdict: the best of download managers
Internet Download Manager is an excellent tool. Even though you have to pay for it, many users prefer it over its main competitors like Free Download Manager or Flashget, and they're not without good reason.
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