Screenshot of Orbit Downloader version 2
|Initial release||8 November 2006|
|Stable release||22.214.171.124 (17 January 2014[±])|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
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. Orbit Downloader also accelerates downloads by acting as a peer-to-peer client, utilizing bandwidth of other users.
Funding and controversy
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. Also it has begun to display built-in ads inside the program main window and when a dialog of a finished download appears.
Furthermore, it has been reported that since version 126.96.36.199 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. There has been no independent confirmation that this module had been removed in current versions since 188.8.131.52.
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- "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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