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I was in need to download about 10 .rar files. the files are pretty large about 1gb for file and since my internet connection is not the best. http://www.speedtest.net/result/1387588721.png

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I was wondering which browser downloads the fastest. currently I am using chrome, but i have safari, Firefox, and opera installed. also if you know any add-ons that would speed up the downloads. thanks for your help.


asked Jul 15 '11 at 21:18

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The download speed is going to be mainly dependant on your Internet connection. I've used several browsers and didn't see any fundamental increase in speed between either of them.

(Jul 16 '11 at 08:48) DazOwen DazOwen's gravatar image

Web browsers are web browsers, I really don't think they have any effect on how fast your download speed is. Different web browsers have the ability to render pages faster than others. If you want faster Internet, upgrade your Internet package from your ISP.

answered Jul 15 '11 at 23:18

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I'm currently using SRWare Iron but i've found Firefox to have the best download speeds no matter the file size. Any add-ons being used while downloading will just slow the process down by limiting it's resources. If you want the fastest possible download, then you need to use as few programs as possible while downloading. If possible, close everything but the browser.

answered Jul 15 '11 at 21:24

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you said to use the least things open. do you think a plugin will slow it down? thanks.

(Jul 15 '11 at 21:46) sebastianq28 sebastianq28's gravatar image

Yes.     .

(Jul 15 '11 at 22:23) zman zman's gravatar image

i use downthemall plugin for firefox if im downloading big files just a shame its not for chrome to...

answered Jul 15 '11 at 21:30

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have you actually compared dta and no dta and proven dta is faster? thanks.

(Jul 15 '11 at 21:46) sebastianq28 sebastianq28's gravatar image

I download at about 4mb a second and all I use is firefox. Never tried anything else.

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answered Jul 15 '11 at 22:10

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Kevin Turner Jr

edited Jul 15 '11 at 22:14

would it be OK if i ask you how much you pay a month? your speeds are amazingly fast and we both have comcast.

(Jul 15 '11 at 22:18) sebastianq28 sebastianq28's gravatar image

I pay roughly $160 a month. But that is for internet,tv, and phone. Tv includes hd service with dvr and every channel they have. Internet is a 25mb tier. I am also only a few miles from the comcast office. Man they have a huge a** sat dish there lol

(Jul 15 '11 at 22:21) Kevin Turner Jr Kevin%20Turner%20Jr's gravatar image

I was on the 15mb tier and it was running me $69 a month. When I got the tv service they had to upgrade my internet to 25mb tier or it would of cost me more. Figure that out.

(Jul 15 '11 at 22:22) Kevin Turner Jr Kevin%20Turner%20Jr's gravatar image

thanks, ill be looking into upgrading!

(Jul 15 '11 at 22:31) sebastianq28 sebastianq28's gravatar image

Firefox, with the DownThemAll add-on, you have settings to download more segments per minute. So basically you are able to pump all the speed you can, when I have it on, I can't even browse the Web. Just remember to set the download segments setting to the max (10)

answered Jul 16 '11 at 06:01

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