SaveFrom.Net is one of the leading online video downloaders that allow you to download embedded videos from sites like YouTube without installing any software. The service is completely free of charge and requires no registration. And such great convenience attracts millions of traffic per month.
SaveFrom.Net is mostly used to download YouTube videos (It also supports video downloads from other sites like Facebook, Vimeo, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, etc.). It can save videos as MP4 in high quality (up to 4K as it claims). All you need to do is copy and paste the video URL in SaveFrom.Net and hit “Download” to save your desired videos.
Considering the fact that the only usage of SaveFrom.Net is to download videos from websites that do not allow downloads, using SaveFrom.Net is hence illegal. Moreover, SaveFrom.Net has been banned in the United States after a series of copyright strikes. The website itself is not legitimate anymore, hence not legal to use.
In fact, it is illegal to download any videos from video hosting sites no matter what tool you use. Yet, many websites, such as YouTube, permit users to download videos for “fair use.” So, if you only use SaveFrom.Net to download videos for personal fair use, then it’s alright. (See What is “Fair Use”?)
Like many other online downloaders, SaveFrom.Net keeps the free service running by receiving ad revenue. It places quite a few ads on the site. Some promote the SaveFrom.net helper extension, while others are from third-party advertisers, which might be misleading.
Besides ads, SaveFrom.Net also records users’ download behaviors and IP addresses, and personal information might get leaked when using the site.
Another thing is about its extension SaveFrom.net helper. The extension is not supported by Google Chrome for Google Chrome blocks installation of any extensions not registered in the online Chrome store. And I guess that says something about whether SaveFrom.Net is safe to use or not.
In short, I believe SaveFrom.Net is not a dangerous site, but it is definitely not a safe site, at least not 100% safe.
There are ways to remove unwanted SaveFrom.Net virus/ads/notifications/add-on to increase the site security. Check the following methods.
Sometimes you misclick on one ad and adware is installed on your device. To remove the unwanted application, open the Start menu > Settings > Apps > Apps & features, then select the suspicious app and click “Uninstall.” (Windows 10). Or go to Start menu > Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a program (Windows 7)
You can use an ad-blocker to block ads. A recommended ad-blocker is AdGuard, a well-received extension that is compatible with Chromium-based browsers, Firefox, Opera, and Edge. To install AdGurad on your browser, go to AdguardBrowserExtension and scroll down the page to install the correct version for your browser.
If SaveFrom.Net wants to show notifications, you can block them by clicking the lock icon on the upper-left of the address bar. Then switch the Notifications to Block.
On Chrome, search “chrome://extensions/” in the address bar to manage extensions. Find the SaveFrom Helper extension and then click Remove to get rid of the extension.
Bar the ads, SaveFrom.Net is a decent website to download YouTube videos longer than 2 hours. However, it has a big disadvantage which is that most HD videos are downloaded with no sound. Actually, this is a common flaw of many web-based downloading services, including FLVTO. If you want to have a smooth, stable, and safe downloading experience, always go with a desktop downloader. Here, we’d recommend Free HD Video Converter Factory, a free yet powerful program that enables you to fast download any online videos without size and length limits. It has no third-party software bundled and is clean and easy to use. Let’s see how this SaveFrom.Net alternative works below.
Disclaimer: This guide is limited to personal fair use only. It is illegal to download copyrighted materials for any distribution or commercial purpose. WonderFox does not approve of copyright infringement in any way. The end-users should be solely responsible for their own behaviors.
Go to the website, such as YouTube, that hosts your desired video(s). Play the video and copy the video URL from the top address bar.
Launch Free HD Video Converter Factory and open the “Downloader.” Click “+ New Download” and then “Paste and Analyze” the URL in the downloader. Wait a few seconds till the detailed download information shows up. Select your preferred download option and then hit “OK” to add it to the download task.
Click the button triangle button to specify an output path. When everything is ready, click “Download All” to start the downloads immediately.
That’s all for the SaveFrom.Net review. Hope you’ll find this article helpful. Thanks for reading!