I trust my downloading to Flashget, from
The latest version I got didn't have any ads and hasn't even pestered me to register, although on another machine I have a paid for version that has been well worth what it cost me. And it's never caused me any problems on XP or win98. I was DLing Fedora Core 4 from a server and it went down for a couple of days. When the server came back on line FG resumed the DL just fine.
Now as to "speeding up your downloads", I don't reccomend that you try that, for two reasons. You ISP limits your download speed for obvious economic reasons, so it generally doesn't work anyway. But also, many site limit you to only one or two lines or files at a time, and if you try more you may find that your DLs are cut off, sometimes for quite a while, until you change your settings to one line/one file.
Edited by Tyger, 11 November 2005 - 06:41 PM.