The commonly available computer with an Internet connection allows us to easily download files or software either directly from the official website of from download portal sites such as CNET download.com, Softpedia and etc. Most of the download portal nowadays comes with a download manager that automatically installs other unrelated third party software if you are not careful by blindly clicking the Next button during installation. This is one of the main reason why we always advice anyone to attempt to download the software or files directly from the official website first.
The problem with downloading from official websites are they may be hosted on some cheap shared hosting accounts that doesn’t have a reliable uptime and you couldn’t download it if the server goes down. Other than that, it is truly frustrating if you are able to download but the download speed is terribly slow. It would be annoying if the file is really small but takes a very long time to complete downloading. Searching for an alternative download link in Google search engine may be risky because you would probably end up downloading from a cyberlocker website such as RapidShare that is uploaded by an unknown user where there is no guarantee if the file has been tampered or not.
Thanks to a download manager called GetRight, they maintain a website called FindFiles where it is used to search for an official or reputable download mirror to achieve a faster download speed.
Here is a an example of trying to search for a download mirror to download the popular Internet Download Manager software. First of all you will need to know the exact filename that you are trying to search. Currently the latest version of Internet Download Manager is at 6.1.1 and the filename is idman611.exe. Open FindFiles.com website from your favorite web browser, type in the filename at the Search for box, select the Mirrors radio button and click the Search button. Within seconds FileMirrors will display any found results.
As you can see from the screenshot above, FileMirrors found 3 official download mirrors to download the latest version of Internet Download Manager. You can click on the filename to start downloading the file from the selected mirror and I would advice you not to click the Download button under the “Use Download Assistant” because you would be using GetRight to download the file which is unnecessary. Currently FindFiles tracks more than 12,000 software titles with nearly 70,000 mirrors.
FindFiles is very useful but some of the popular software such as OpenOffice and Nero are not listed in their database.