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Old 09-04-2019, 03:22 PM   #1
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I have several download managers and they all have the same problem. The simplest
direct linked files fail to start. For some reason, if a link is buried behind a series of
redirects the same managers have no trouble starting a download.

Internet Download Manager or IDM displays an error message. (See attached image.)
The "Yes" button is linked to this document:

Internet Download Manager Integration guide for Firefox

I was not surprised when the recommended update and Registry hack failed to correct
the problem, but I had to try.

After a few Google searches I can't find anything useful. I know XP is an old system,
but I keep thinking there must be a fix for this problem. Any suggestions would be
appreciated.
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Old 09-04-2019, 06:54 PM   #2
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I've never seen the need to use a download manager. I just download what I want directly from the provided link.
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Good point Bassfisher absolutely no need for download manager in any version of Windows and they mostly caused issues anyway and served no good purpose.
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That TLS update is four years old now, of course it won't work with all download sources of today. Don't be surprised if there truly is no fix for this. While I'm a heavy user of download managers with zero problems whatsoever, especially IDM, since the days of Orbit before it evolved into malware, I agree with the others that you should just try to use the native downloader of your browser. Some downloaders out there are not worth the trouble and risk (I'm looking at you, YTD)!
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I assumed other XP users had similar download manager problems. After several searches
I found nothing. Not sure what that means. I suppose my problem with XP is somewhat
unique.

My home office desktop was built by me. I've got a firewall and few malware apps, but my
operating system runs in a virtual environment. That means an infected system can be
dumped and replaced in a few minutes.

Download managers have features not available with very simple browser applets. Every
week I download new builds of browsers in development. The servers are not reliable.
Managers can retry stalled connections, download files sequentially, schedule downloads,
sleep, hiberate, or shutdown your computer, etc.

The obvious solution is a browser with a full feature integrated manager. (I don't mean a
browser extension or add-on.) Slimjet has an applet that can resume downloads, but it's not
a "real" manager.

https://www.slimjet.com/en/fast-inte...ad-manager.php

Worldwide there must be thousands of obscure browsers. Has anyone created a browser with
a full feature manager?
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