RapidShare is an online file-sharing service that allows people to upload content -- such as compressed RAR files -- to their account and share the download link with other Internet users. RapidShare offers a free service with limitations and a premium subscription service with faster download speeds and unlimited storage options. To access files stored on RapidShare, a Web browser and a direct link to that specific file on the RapidShare servers is all that's required.
Launch your Web browser on the computer.
Copy the direct link to the RapidShare RAR file and paste it into the address bar at the top of the Web browser window. The link will be in the form of "https://www.rapidshare.com/files/xxxxxxxx/FileName.rar."
Click the "Sign In" button in the upper-right corner and and then enter the username and password for your RapidShare premium account. Click the "High-Speed Download" button to begin downloading the RAR file.
Click the "Slow Download" button if you don't have a RapidShare premium account, and wait for the countdown timer to reach zero. Your download will automatically begin once the timer has completed.
Tips & Warnings
- Premium RapidShare accounts allow you to download multiple files at once.
- Downloading copyrighted files without permission is illegal.
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