Orbit Downloader

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Orbit Downloader
Orbit Downloader logo.png
Screenshot of Orbit Downloader version 2
Screenshot of Orbit Downloader version 2
Initial release8 November 2006; 12 years ago (2006-11-08)[1]
Stable release4.1.1.19 (17 January 2014; 5 years ago (2014-01-17)) [±][2]
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
TypeDownload manager, malware[3][4]

Orbit Downloader is a download manager for Microsoft Windows. In 2013, Orbit Downloader was classified as malware by antivirus software after ESET discovered a botnet in the application.[9]


One of the main features of the program is its ability to grab and download embedded Flash Video files from online video platforms.[10] 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.[10]

Funding and malicious conduct[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.[5] 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]

On 21 August 2013, the WeLiveSecurity blog, published by the ESET security company, reported that since version, 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.[3][6][7] Following this report, download websites BetaNews, Download.com, DownloadCrew, MajorGeeks, Softpedia and Softonic disabled its download.[4][11][12][13][8] 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 a spammer.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Changelog". OrbitDownloader.com. Innoshock. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Orbit Rich Media Downloader Changelog". www.orbitdownloader.com. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Orbital Decay: the dark side of a popular file downloading tool". WeLiveSecurity. ESET. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e Williams, Mike (23 August 2013). "Orbit Downloader includes DDoS code, says ESET". Betanews.
  5. ^ a b "Orbit Downloader". Softpedia. SoftNews SRL. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  6. ^ a b Constantin, Lucian (22 August 2013). "Popular download management program has hidden DDoS component, researchers say". Computerworld. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  7. ^ a b "DDoS Weapon Found Hidden in Orbit Downloader". Infosecurity Magazine. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  8. ^ a b Clarke, Tom (23 August 2013). "Orbit Downloader contains trojan – downloads blocked". Softonic.
  9. ^ [3][6][7][4][8]
  10. ^ a b "Features". OrbitDownloader.com. Innoshock. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  11. ^ "Orbit Downloader". Download.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  12. ^ Thornton, Bob (23 August 2013). "Orbit Downloader". DownloadCrew.
  13. ^ Kovacs, Eduard (23 August 2013). "Orbit Downloader Contains DDOS Component, ESET Warns". Softpedia. SoftNews.

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