Freemake Video Downloader is a handy, easy-to-use free video downloader which you can use to download videos from video sharing websites like Youtube, Veoh, Dailymotion, etc. The program supports many video portals including Facebook, Google Video, MetaCafe, Vimeo, etc.
Reviewing 18.104.22.168 (Nov 13, 2013)
The ONLY software that has caused me to accept installing Microsoft .NET 4. This piece of work does a really good job at capturing video. Real good.
Freemake has other products, but I would recommend only installing the browser plugin for this one, if you so choose to install the plugin. Also, I do not recommend accepting the 'Make Freemake better' option during install. It runs another separate service in the background.
Reviewing 22.214.171.124 (Oct 26, 2013)
Versatile and user friendly. Have stayed away from the plugins and if users in general are careful about not installing extras, they'll be fine. Rather resource hungry so slower on older systems.
Reviewing 126.96.36.199 (Aug 18, 2013)
I have to qualify my review by stating that I have only used this program for about half a dozen downloads so far and have not tried a similar program to use as a reference. It seems to work fine with Windows 7 and Firefox and I have had no problems from the add ons.
Reviewing 188.8.131.52 (Feb 25, 2013)
new ad in the installer: there's an option to install some game during installation
Reviewing 184.108.40.206 (Jun 2, 2012)
Beware problems with the browser plug-in options Freemake offers. On ALL my computers, every time I install an update to Freemake video downloader, it completely trashes my Google Chrome settings. Usually Chrome' s sync feature can recover them, but not always. At least once I've had to completely uninstall/reinstall Chrome to get things fixed. Whether this is because I'm on the Chrome developer channel, I don't know, but it sure is annoying.
Also, the latest Freemake version attempts to install even more extraneous toolbars than before.
I'm grateful that Freemake offers a free downloader, but I'd like it a lot better if it were cleaner. My advice: if you install it, decline the browser plug-ins and use the standalone program only. Be aware that checking 'help Freemake improve its products' (or however it's worded) during the installation adds yet another automatic service in Windows ('Freemake improver'), on top of the 'Freemake video capture service' it installs by by default. You might want to decline the 'improve our products' option, or set the installed services to 'manual'.
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