There are several Windows applications that have online web installers. Web installers are mainly used to collect analytics data or to show product advertisements during installation. Web installers are very small, and each time, users need to connect to the internet and download full installation files. Furthermore, there’s a chance of malware infection if the downloads originate from untrusted sources.
Here we have two methods to get the full installer for these applications.
- 1. URL Snooper: URL Snooper is a small Windows application with the ability to sniff network packets and provide links to data opened in the background. Many people use this application to download streaming videos. The special data sniffing feature of URL Snooper can also be used to download full offline installers.
URL Snooper was developed by a member of DonationCoder.com, a community backed website devoted to the Windows software development. You have to register in their forum to get a free 6 month license key of all products including the URL Snooper.
After installation, open URL Snooper and click on advanced mode from the file tab. Now download any web installer and start the online installation. Move down through the links appearing on the application interface.
Copy the offline installer link as shown above.
- 2. From temporary files: This method is pretty popular among techies. Press Win+R, enter %temp% and search for any .exe files.
This should be done immediately after completing online download of the application. Sometimes the installer deletes all temporary files after completing installation. So make sure to copy the full installer and proceed to installation.
We have collected the offline installers of a few applications using this method.
Yahoo messenger 10 offline installer: download
Skype full installer: download
Google Chrome 5 standalone installer: download
Article by Smartin (www.smartin.in)
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