[Windows] Get safe and/or direct download links for your downloads with DDownloads

DDownloadsDownloading things off the internet never feels completely safe. This goes double when you download from sites like CNET that make a great deal of money off sneaking in spyware and adware to their installers. Well, now there is a way around it with DDownloads.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

DDownloads is a very helpful program that allows you to download your favorite programs safely. Instead of getting your downloads from places like CNET, DDownloads will help you find the developer’s website so you can download from there. If there is no developer page, which is sometimes the case, the program will find another safe portal for you to download from. In short, it helps you avoid fake or malicious webpages.

Note: Just because DDownloads claims to always download from a “safe” website, that does not mean you should trust it blindly. Always have an active anti-malware program protecting you, and always scan downloads from DDownloads. Even if the intention of the developer of DDownloads is really to provide safe-only downloads, it isn’t hard to see how they may make a mistake and that mistake may cost you if you blindly assume every download from DDownloads is safe. In short, trust but verify. Always.

Pros

  • Easily search for the programs you want to download right from DDownloads’ program window
  • Avoid fake and malicious sites by allowing this program to find safe portals for you to download from
  • Only links to pages that offer the most current version of a program to download
  • Provides community and blog links about the programs you are downloading
  • Program is completely portable
  • Extremely lightweight, so it is easy on your computer’s resources

Cons

  • DDownloads is pretty limited in scope
  • Categories are not very well organized

Discussion

DDownloads ScreenshotI always try to download from a developer’s site when downloading a new program for Windows. However, sometimes this can be difficult to do. This goes double if it is a pretty new app. That is where DDownloads come into place. This is a program that will help you find safe portals to download your favorite programs. Now you no longer have to worry about downloading from a fake or malicious site again.

There are actually a number of things to like about this program. For example, it is completely portable. Once you download this program, it is ready to go without any installation. It is also very lightweight, which is what you would expect from a portable program.

Using the program is easy. Just simply start it up, and begin looking through the categories on the left-hand side. You can also manually search for a program if you know the name of it. The biggest problem I have with the categories is the fact that the program does not do a very good job of organizing this information. Many of these categories seem to overlap in function. Not only that, but many programs don’t show up in the categories you would expect.

Another drawback to the program is the fact that it is pretty limited in scope. As far as protecting you from downloading from a malicious site, it does just fine. However, this program has nothing else to offer. Don’t expect it to act as an application manager, because it won’t. In short, using this program is typically only helpful when you already know what it is you want to download.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

Overall, the drawbacks are not enough for me not to recommend this program. By finding safe portals to download from, it can help keep adware off your computer. Just remember, it is best to know what program you want to download before using DDownloads. After all, the categories they have programs listed in are not very accurate.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 0.4.4

Supported OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7

Download size: 363KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/46

Is it portable? Yes

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12 comments

  1. Godel

    Alternative suggestion for CNET, download CNET files with Opera browser.

    Most of the crapware CNET tries to install is for Windows Explorer or Firefox. When it runs into Opera, a browser with about 1.5% market share, CNET says “What the …?” and just sends you the clean file, no downloader. :)

    Opera is only about a 12.5MB download.

  2. mizdoc

    Thanks for the tip. I refuse to download anything from CNET or any other site that includes their “downloader”…a sure sign of bundled crap.
    I try to go direct to the publisher’s site, but sometimes it’s hard to find. This sounds great. I’ll definitely give it a try. Thanks again Justin. Much appreciated.

  3. Kayle

    @Shwan
    Sound good colleague:)

    In the article is not written that it runs on Windows 8 although it has the modern ui of windows 8

    Im using it also on Win8 64bit machine :P ,runs great

    thanks again for sharing, would otherwise have missed something :)

  4. Shawn

    @Kayle

    I’ve made myself 2 different copies of DDownload one that I have modded to my needs and the second one to get the updates from the developer.. and considering the def file I can import it inside open office calc to edit and patch up my version I’m quite happy with the results..

    As for cnet stuff and all the other bad sites.. should I need to use a downloader the program gets sandboxed to be able to get the actual exe file that I need and not the other junk.

    Take the site like Freeze or Jenkat games (There is no way in hell I would install theses directly) however sandboxed and properly cleaned there’s a few goodies I don’t mind having.

  5. Kayle

    have looked into the Data folder. The files are .DEF files but as Shawn mentioned they also can be handled as Text files. But they are also stored on the authors page so how can you manipulate them?

    The Win2App.ini file of my all time favorite CCleaner is also an text file and anyone can change it

    I find that is somehow a good concept and I will certainly use it, very simple and good user friendly ui

  6. Shawn

    Ddownloads is not a bad tool but here’s the fun part the database are text files so you can add and change the insides of the actual program.. The program in itself is a very large 2 button choice loader.