Software Update: NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 18

On Friday, version 4.0 beta 18 of NewsLeecher was released. With this program it is possible to download files from newsgroups in a simple way. The program supports nzb files, has a so-called super search, and can automatically check downloaded files for integrity and completeness and then extract them independently. New in this release is the completely revised SuperSearch, which now has a retention of a whopping 850 days. The full changelog for this release looks like this:


This beta release connects to a brand new, and much improved, SuperSearch service engine. The new engine currently runs with 850 days of retention in the General category and more than 300 days of retention in the Erotica category, including all the* groups.

Just like the old engine, the new engine supports true wildcard searching, and still uses the same Google-like syntax for searching. Note that advanced search features, such as specific Poster / Group searching haven’t been enabled yet.

Also, because the engine is brand new, it might contain bugs which will be corrected as fast as possible.

New features:

  • NewsLeecher will now mark collections as ‘Sampled’ instead of ‘Downloaded’, if less than half of the articles in the collection have been downloaded. Note that this will only apply for articles downloaded with NewsLeecher v4.0 Beta 18 and newer releases.

Improved features:

  • Changed behavior of the Ctrl+U shortcut, so pressing the shortcut keys once, will deactivate active groups, and pressing it twice in a row, will unload groups from memory.
  • NewsLeecher will now include articles with the following subject patterns into collections: *.t##, *.u##, *.v##, *.w##, *.x##, *.y## and *. z##.

Fixed bug:

  • When using the new “Update Latest [####] Headers” feature, and pressing cancel on the update dialog, NewsLeecher didn’t cancel the update as it should.

Version number 4.0 beta 18
Release status beta
Operating systems Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista
Website NewsLeecher
file size 5.52MB
License type Shareware