Internet Download Manager Review

With this review, I would like to have a go at Internet Download Manager (IDM) to see if the program is worth the space it takes up on the hard drive. I’ve been using the program for what seems like a decade (most likely is) and thus feel qualified enough to give an honest opinion. We will have a look at the pricing, features and I will include my own user experience with the program. Now, let’s get started…


Website

www.internetdownloadmanager.com


Price

30 Day Trial Available

One-year license for 1 PC – $11.95

Lifetime license for 1 PC – $24.95

One-year license for 2 and more PCs – $9.95 for each PC

Lifetime license for 2 and more PCs – $19.95 for each PC


How Does It Work?

IDM is quite easy to install and manage with the following steps:

Download the program and install it on your computer, then restart.

Once installed, open your browser/s and give permission for IDM to integrate, and then restart your browser/s. You will now be able to download videos/files/audio and so forth. A blue “download” button should appear next to the content which will enable you to choose from the file types available to download.

If you open the program on your computer, you will be presented with a multitude of other options like the Add URL, Resume, Delete, Grabber and Queues. In addition, you will be able to fine-tune your settings, have access to “help files” and manage your registration.

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What about the Free Trial Version?

IDM offers a 30-day trial to test the program. Most of the main features work in the trial version and you will be able to download directly from a page as soon as the “download” bar appears. After 30-days the program will stop working and you will need to purchase the full version.


How Stable/Safe is the Program?

I have been using IDM for more than 7 years and I can honestly say that the program has never caused any problems on my computer. It uses little CPU power when running in the background and barely uses up RAM. It furthermore, does not interfere with the performance of the browsers.

Please Note! Only download IDM from their own Website to avoid scams or a program that is unstable.


What About Support?

On the IDM website, you can find articles that will explain how the program works. These can also be found when the program is opened on your computer. They moreover, have a “support webform” that you can fill out if you cannot manage to solve a problem by other means. I would say the support is standard and not above average, but then again, never had problems with it, not to the extent where I needed expert help.


Any Upsales or Advertisements?

IDM has no up-sales whatsoever and there are no advertisements linked to the download bar or program.

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Internet Download Manager – Key Features


Easy downloading with just one click – When you click on the download link in your browser, Internet Download Manager will take over the download and accelerate it. IDM supports FTP, HTTP, HTTPS, and MMS protocols.

IDM supports all the popular browsers that include IE, AOL, Netscape, Chrome, Mozilla, UCBrowser, and many others. By using the “Advanced Browser Integration” feature, it can also be integrated into any Internet application to take over a download.

The program is multilingual and can be translated into many languages that include Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Dutch, German, Hebrew, Italian, French, Japanese, and Russian, to only name a few.

IDM can accelerate downloads by up to five times. Internet Download Manager segments downloaded files dynamically and reuses available connections.

The program has automatic antivirus checks that make downloads free from viruses and Trojans. It can also run a scan when downloads are complete.

IDM has a “download all” feature that enables you to add all downloads that are linked to a current page.

IDM has a quick and easy installation wizard that will make the necessary setting changes for you and ensure a trouble-free installation.

Advanced browser integration, when enabled can be used to catch any download from any application.

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IDM can connect to the internet at a set time and download files you specified, disconnect with the built-in scheduler, or even shut down your computer when it is done. You can also synchronize changes by using the “periodic synchronization” of files.

Program updates are quick and on a regular basis, normally once a week or so. Always be sure to update the program to have it run smoothly.

IDM will resume an unfinished download from the place where it was left off. The error recovery and resume capability will then restart interrupted or broken downloads that were caused by network problems dropped connections or computer shutdowns.

The program supports a variety of proxy servers, for example, Microsoft ISA and FTP proxy servers, to only name a few.

You have access to “How to” files and questions/answers that will help you to use the program with ease.

You can Drag and Drop links to Internet Download Manager and also drag and drop downloaded files out of IDM.

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Cons

I had a hard time finding anything negative about the program and will only mention points that might be a problem for others.

Besides the web-form and Q&A, there is no other method to solve a problem. Personally, I never encountered a problem, and thus no need for more support.

Firefox does not always integrate well with IDM; sometimes the download option will be available on YouTube but not Facebook. This, however, has nothing to do with IDM, but rather interference when Firefox updates. Usually, once IDM updates, it works fine again. This does not happen often though.


Conclusion Drawn From Own Experience With IDM…

I have been using IDM for more than 7 years (could be way more) and cannot go without it. Definitely, the best download manager that is not only reliable but, beyond reasonably priced.

Videos on Facebook are always the “come and go” type and once your timeline refreshes, it is almost impossible to find them again. In addition, there are not many download managers with the capability to download Facebook videos. With IDM’s download button, above/below each video, it is just a click and you have the video safely in your download folder to watch again later. FB usually has quite a bit of content on the timeline that might include multiple videos. With other downloaders, I found that it will sometimes download the wrong video, with IDM, that is never the case.

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YouTube is bliss with IDM and one usually has multiple file formats to choose from. I like to listen to “music remixes” and most of them are like an hour to 2 hours long and takes way too long for them to load on a slow connection. I have found that IDM downloads the video faster than the actual load speed on YouTube. A must-have for those who struggle with slow connections.

To sum it up: Internet Download Manager is an impressive tool that allows you to download almost any type of file. I would say that it is under-priced for what it does, taking into consideration that they do not have up-sales or annoying advertisements.

IDM is a trustworthy platform with a product that delivers! Whenever I buy something online, I usually get an eerie feeling that this might be one of those purchases where I am going to be overcharged or end up with a debit that just goes off without permission. (This happens often since I review products on a regular basis) Every time I purchase IDM, the transaction is secure, no over-charging and I get exactly what I paid for. No additional charges on my account.


TAKE NOTE

Just because you can download any type of file, does not mean you should!

A lot of content has copyright and it is considered stealing when you download those without paying for it. There is also common courtesy and please consider that content creators work endless hours to bring you awesome videos and such. Be kind and share/like/recommend their stuff. It is also good manners to ask if you can download their content for personal use before doing so.




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