Yoshi! We have all downloaded stuff from online file hosts like MegaUpload, RapidShare, TurboUpload, ZShare, etc. I dunno if many of you have noticed but one by one these free file hosts (TurboUpload and ZShare excluded) are starting to make you pay to access files, all the while allowing you to upload them for free. Seriously, what is the point of uploading something you can’t ever access again? Don’t get me wrong, they perform an awesome service and I really appreciate the effort but forcing and coercing someone to pay for access is not on. In most cases these hosts offer free access, albeit limited in speed and number of connections, which is okay since we can access the files and in South Africa the limited speed is pretty much our maximum connection speed in any case! There is one host in particular, however, which causes unlimited grief and that it MegaUpload.
I remember the days when we could access it without a care in the world, now, however, they have limited access to pretty much one person per IP and limited access per country. This is particularly irritating since the majority of people who use the Internet nowadays do so through routers and proxies. So, since we all share a common IP, what the hell are we supposed to do? The answer was simple – don’t use MegaUpload and find the files somewhere else. Unfortunately, there are plenty of people who only know how to use MegaUpload and so it is extremely bloody difficult getting the files otherwise – until now that is! Kyaaaaah! *chop*
Purely by mistake I stumbled across a handy little FAQ detailing how to bypass the nuisance which is the download limit. I’m pretty sure plenty of people know about this already but to me it is an extraordinary and fantastic discovery which I will now disclose. Sou sou *nods* Oh yes, this applies to FireFox (awesome browser that it is) and I don’t know, and doubt, if it will work in Internet Explorer or Opera or whatever.
To download via MegaUpload and bypass the horror that is the country limit do the following:
- Type about:config in the address bar (the place you type http://www.google.com) and press enter
- In the filter bar which appears type agent which will decrease the number of items so that there is roughly about 4 left
- Double-click the item that says general.useragent.extra.firefox and a little popup will appear stating Firefox/ and the current version
- At the end of the text type ;Alexa Toolbar and press enter
- Dekita! You will now be able to access downloads regardless of the country limit
As far as I know this pretty much just simulates the MegaUpload toolbar which is available in Internet Explorer. While it bypasses the country limit you may still be unable to download files because of your IP address aka. You are currently downloading nyah nyah nyah and have a few little radio boxes to choose from. To get past this do the following:
- Once you have reached the download page the timer will countdown and you will see a small rectangle with Click here to download inside it
- Instead of left-clicking the rectangle, right-click and select to Open Link in New Tab
- After a short time a small popup will appear allowing you to save the desired file, thus all is well
Aparently this last workaround sometimes fails, in which case just try again and it will most likely turn out fine. I haven’t had a problem yet so you can take my word for it.
That is that and the limits are shown to be the rubbish that they are! If you want to use a file host try TurboUpload (< 70MB), ZUpload (< 500MB) and FilesFly (<100 MB). They are all free and the speeds are good and downloads can be resumed at any time (although you may have to refresh the link)