Download Accelerator Plus 5.3 review: Download Accelerator Plus 5.3

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Recovers dropped connections; schedules downloads; speeds up downloads by segmenting files and checking for mirror sites.

The Bad Includes adware that gathers personal information; requires additional monthly fee to resume downloads; has weak tools for organizing downloads.

The Bottom Line Download Accelerator Plus has decent features and performance, but beware the extra charges and ad-serving software.

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By Bruce Stewart

Download Accelerator Plus speeds up your downloads by simultaneously retrieving multiple segments of a file from either the same or different servers (download Download Accelerator Plus 5.0 here). In other words, it makes the most of your bandwidth. And like most download managers, Download Accelerator Plus also can pause and resume downloads, recover from dropped Internet connections, and schedule future downloads. But unlike some of its competitors, Download Accelerator does so without flooding your desktop with pop-up advertising. By Bruce Stewart

Download Accelerator Plus speeds up your downloads by simultaneously retrieving multiple segments of a file from either the same or different servers (download Download Accelerator Plus 5.0 here). In other words, it makes the most of your bandwidth. And like most download managers, Download Accelerator Plus also can pause and resume downloads, recover from dropped Internet connections, and schedule future downloads. But unlike some of its competitors, Download Accelerator does so without flooding your desktop with pop-up advertising.

Download Accelerator Plus is simple to install--just download its executable installer file, double-click it, and follow the standard dialog boxes. But read the fine print carefully. Although Ad-aware does not recognize Download Accelerator Plus itself to be ad-serving software, you must agree to let a software program called SpeedBit monitor your surfing and gather personal information as part of the installation.

Integrates with Windows Explorer
Download Accelerator Plus speeds downloads by searching for mirror sites, additional download sites offering the same file, and retrieving files from the most responsive locations. It integrates with most of the leading browsers, including Internet Explorer, Netscape, and Opera, although its nifty browser interface, which runs entirely in your browser toolbar, works only in IE. Whenever you click a download link from your browser, Download Accelerator Plus jumps in and manages the process. It even can automatically disconnect your modem and shut down your computer after a download.

Unfortunately, Download Accelerator Plus's file-organization options are meager compared to those of other download managers, such as GetRight 4.5d, and Download Accelerator offers users less overall customization.

Extras will cost you
Unlike other download managers, Download Accelerator Plus charges extra for some basic features. The main program window allows you to monitor the status of your downloads and access other features, including scheduling and searching. Sadly, the program interface itself displays ads in the shareware version--you'll have to register Download Accelerator Plus for $29.95 to disable the ads or run the program as a minimized icon from the system tray.

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