Screenshot of Orbit Downloader version 2
|Initial release||8 November 2006|
|Stable release||22.214.171.124 (17 January 2014[±])|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
|Type||Download manager, malware|
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 malicious conduct
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.
On 21 August 2013, the We Live Security blog, published by the ESET security company, 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 malware. Following this report, download websites BetaNews, Download.com, DownloadCrew, MajorGeeks, Softpedia and Softonic disabled its download. Betanews tried to reach out to the developers but discovered that their last blog activity had been in 2009 and the Orbit community forum has since been left to the spammer.
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- "Orbit Rich Media Downloader Changelog". www.orbitdownloader.com. 2013-05-02. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
- "Orbital Decay: the dark side of a popular file downloading tool". We Live Security. ESET. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
- Williams, Mike (23 August 2013). "Orbit Downloader includes DDoS code, says ESET". Betanews.
- "Orbit Downloader 188.8.131.52". Softpedia. SoftNews SRL. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
- "Features". OrbitDownloader.com. Innoshock. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
- "Orbit Downloader". Download.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
- Thornton, Bob (23 August 2013). "Orbit Downloader 184.108.40.206". DownloadCrew.
- Kovacs, Eduard (23 August 2013). "Orbit Downloader Contains DDOS Component, ESET Warns". Softpedia. SoftNews.
- Clarke, Tom (23 August 2013). "Orbit Downloader contains trojan – downloads blocked". Softonic.
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