I have noticed that it seems a fashion for some companies to force us to install their software through a customised online installer.
For example: AVG free, Autodesk Maya, cygwin, etc - and the list is getting longer.
Is there a way to detect the website the custom online installer is connecting to, so that I can download the actual setup file using my preferred download manager?
I dislike custom download managers for many reasons:
Force you to run arbitrary executables which may not be trusted
Usually lack support for basic features like pausing and resuming downloads (for large files this is a big waste of time and bandwidth if the download is interrupted)
If installing on many computers you are forced to download the setup once for each deployment.
No support for download acceleration.