Orbit Downloader

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Orbit Downloader
Orbit Downloader logo.png
Orbit downloader screenshot.png
Screenshot of Orbit Downloader version 2
Developer(s) Innoshock
Initial release 8 November 2006 (2006-11-08)[1]
Stable release 4.1.1.19 (17 January 2014; 10 months ago (2014-01-17)) [±][1]
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Platform IA-32
Type Download manager
License Adware[2]
Website www.orbitdownloader.com

Orbit Downloader is a download manager for Microsoft Windows. One of the main features of the program is its ability to grab and download embedded Flash Video files from sites like YouTube, Dailymotion, Metacafe, etc.[3] Orbit Downloader also accelerates downloads by acting as a peer-to-peer client, utilizing bandwidth of other users.

Orbit Downloader supports downloading from HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, Metalink, RTSP, MMS and RTMP protocols. Orbit Downloader supports Internet Explorer, Maxthon, Mozilla Firefox and Opera web browsers.[3]

Funding and controversy[edit]

Although Orbit Downloader is free, it is an advertising-supported product since it offers to change the web browser's homepage upon installation and also offers to install software that are not critical for its operation.[2] Also it has begun to display built-in ads inside the program main window and when a dialog of a finished download appears.[citation needed]

Furthermore, it has been reported that since version 4.1.1.15 Orbit Downloader includes a botnet-like module which performs DDoS attacks without the user's knowledge or permission. Because of this dubious behavior, it is being detected as a virus by security companies.[4][a]

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References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ There has been no independent confirmation that this module had been removed in current versions since 4.1.1.19.[citation needed]
Notes
  1. ^ a b "Changelog". OrbitDownloader.com. Innoshock. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Orbit Downloader 4.0.0.6". Softpedia. SoftNews SRL. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Features". OrbitDownloader.com. Innoshock. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Orbital Decay: the dark side of a popular file downloading tool". We Live Security. ESET. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 

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