If you are a frequent visitor to the darker side of the web I am sure you would have come across various link-protectors like LinkBucks, UserCash, URLCash, Linx.in, Rapidbolt.com and Link-protector.com. These services obfuscate the original download link and instead force you to click through multiple intervening pages (and a barrage of intrusive advertisements). They are pointless and annoying to say the least.
Share Link Devil is a fantastic web service which allows you to bypass all this crap. Simply enter the protected link and it will churn out the real link. Share Link Devil (henceforth abbreviated as SLD) supports more than 300 link protectors, URL redirection services and URL shorteners. I tested various services like tinyurl, linx, is.gd and biy.ly. It worked like a charm on all of them.
SLD also acts as a link checker. For file uploading services it automatically checks the link and lets you know if the file still exists. This is great if you are downloading a huge file which is split into multiple parts. All popular file hosting services including Rapidshare, Megaupload, Sendspace, Depositfiles, East Share, Megashare, Megashares, Filefactory and Mediafire are supported.
SLD is a fantastic tool which regular downloaders will appreciate. It also comes in handy if you wish to check the actual URL before opening a shortened link(in case you have received it via a dubious source). SLD already supports an impressive number of services. And in case you come across something that SLD doesn’t support just let the developer know via the guestbook. This service has impressed me enough to find a spot in my bookmarks. Do let us know what you feel about it.