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I live in South Africa where bandwidth is cheaper between midnight and 5am. Is there a good download manager that you can set to start downloading at a specific time? Preferably for use on Windows 7 64bit


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What type of downloads? –  user142485 Jul 13 '12 at 18:15
Have you already tried looking for some? –  slhck Jul 13 '12 at 19:50
@slhck yes, I spent more than an hour reading through the features of apps recommended under the download-manager tag on superuser and couldn't find a scheduling feature mentioned. Because of bad experiences specifically with download helpers in the past, I prefer to not install and try these type of programs without a trustworthy recommendation. How would you try looking for some? –  JannieT Jul 14 '12 at 8:28
I was just asking because often, users asking for recommendations haven't really tried looking yet, or already tried some tools – in that case, it would just be good to show what you've found and why it didn't work for you. –  slhck Jul 14 '12 at 13:18

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Free Download Manager is an open source download manager with a powerful scheduler that will let you do exactly what you need.

You can create tasks to start all downloads at midnight every night and a 2nd task to stop them all at 5 am.

The forum also contains links to the newest beta builds from the developers. They've been, in my experience, very stable.

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Thanks for the recommendation. It apparently comes bundled with borderline malware Software Informer. Has anyone had issues like this? –  JannieT Jul 14 '12 at 7:56
I've never seen Software Informer bundled in. Where did you see that? –  afrazier Jul 14 '12 at 12:30
I followed your sourceforge link and saw it reported in the community feedback. To verify I have now scanned the source code and found "Like FDM? Try Personal Informer! The latest version of FDM comes with a free bonus: Personal Informer.", but it looks like it won't install the bonus (from the same guys who make Software Informer) without your permission. So accepting your answer. Thanks! –  JannieT Jul 16 '12 at 6:47

There are many download managers both free and paid that will get this job done well.

I have tried and used many paid and free download managers but the best one that I have used is Internet Download Manager till now but it is not a free application.

The Internet Download Manger(IDM) comes with powerful scheduler and many more features that are immensely useful.

Internet Download Manager

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