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After uninstalling InternetDownloadManager Trial, my computer & internet is deadslow


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#1 SAPhotographer

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:23 AM

Hi there,

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
4 GB RAM -
Pentium Dual Core E5700 @ 3.00GHz
Computer 1 year old.


I recently upgraded from 384kb/s ADSL to 3G @ +- 7Mb/s wireless internet. I then also read about "Free" Internet download managers, claiming to increase download speeds by 500%!

I decided on Internet Download Manager 6.1, and the results were amazing, until after about 14 days I starting receiving messages that the Trial period was to expire unless I buy.

Irritated, I then un-installed the IDM program, after which my computer slowed down noticeably, and my internet has almost come to a halt, significantly slower than when I had only ADSL.

Reading numerous forums, it seems to be a common problem after uninstalling IDM, which leaves a (trace?) on the system, slowing it down and sending ongoing info to the IDM developers.

My livelyhood depends on the speed of my computer, and I have no idea how to start solving this annoying problem.

Please, ... if anyone can help, without me having to do a complete re-install.

Many thanks!

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 08:32 AM

Use System Restore to restore Windows to the time prior to installing IDM, instructions here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows7/products/features/system-restore

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 12:47 AM

I did a restore and it seems to have solved my problem;

Many thanks indeed!

Finally, is there an "Internet Download Manager" that you would recommend?

Kind regards.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 01:07 AM

Hi -
I just Googled Internet Download Manager free and it listed several programs, none that I would say are ideal or I would link you to -

What is your normal download speed - Google "Speedtest" and click on the first link -
Do NOT click on any advertising on the page - The program will open on your desktop and you just click your country and Begin Test -

Post the download result back and see how it measures up - under 5Mbps is slow ; 10Mbps is average; over 15 is considered good -

Thanks -
Speedtest link added -
http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=speedtest&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CDYQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.speedtest.net%2F&ei=sP6hT8n3MIyziQe__bn0CA&usg=AFQjCNHr6YyAkpiq37Q1AYAxF9ZW18CZrw

Edited by noknojon, 03 May 2012 - 01:34 AM.


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Posted 03 May 2012 - 03:55 AM

I did a restore and it seems to have solved my problem;

Many thanks indeed!

Finally, is there an "Internet Download Manager" that you would recommend?

Kind regards.

You're welcome.

As regards download managers, there's one thing you have to bear in mind. If your connection is 7Mb/s then you can't override that by installing some third party utility or other. So claims such as increasing download speeds by 500% or more are simply ludicrous.

If you use Firefox, then there are a number of add-ons which can help you handle downloads. Here's a list of them: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/extensions/download-management/?sort=users

You can download Firefox from here: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/fx/ If you don't want the US version, click the link underneath the download button called "Systems and languages" and then choose your language from the list.




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