Is it worth installing a direct download programme to handle direct downloads, I'm using Firefox. Any suggestions?
Dont really see the reason the need to use them since Firefox supports pausing. Plus if your download fails mid download There is a function to start off again where you last downloaded.
My major problem with most downloaders is that they come with pesky spyware which I rather not have gum up my system.
Now most downloads open various connections to the servers to download 4 pieces or more at the same time then merge them together. I noticed the first time I used them though it does a diservice to them as well others trying to get stuff from their servers.
Note: Some server handlers are getting smart with this issue and actually corrupt your download if you try using a downloader.
All in all dont use one.
Using Firefox's 'FlashGot' plugin with the download manager 'FlashGet' I've found is very nice. I usually keep Firefox's manager as the default however, and I use FlashGet in special circumstances when I need to download everything of a certain type from a webpage. Or if I want to queue up multiple items to download, but only process one download at a time. It has quite a few other nifty options as well. One of which is splitting a single download into multiple segments as Kurz mentioned, however you can turn this off just as easily as on.
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