All these mirrors are completely free from Aeria Ignite. If Ignite is what is causing you issues, download from any of these mirrors to be able to play GF without using Aeria Ignite
Due to many people having issues with downloading Grand Fantasia, and because the download mirrors are no longer listed on the download page, I have gathered a list of reliable download links (all of which have been downloaded, virus scanned and tested by me) for your use.
Grand Fantasia English Fully Patched Client Download (to 27th August, 2012) plus manual patches
English Closed Beta Client - Must be patched up to the latest version
Grand Fantasia English Minimum Client Download
Use this if the mirrors still don't work, it is the game client with all but the base, necessary files removed, when you run the launcher all game files that were removed are re-downloaded.
Minimal Client ReadMe wrote:
1. Extract the contents of this folder.
2. Start the Launcher (that's _Launcher.exe)
3. It should finish checking without doing anything. Press Full Scan.
4. When it finishes grabbing everything from aeria's patch servers, log in and play.
I am aware that there are others, but I am only listing those I have personally tested. I will add more if requested to when i can download and virus scan them.
I hope this helps people
Occasionally, some antivirus programs will detect Grand Fantasia as a virus/trojan, this is what is know as a "False Positive" which is effectively a false alarm. All files in each of the download mirrors are totally virus free, but to allow full functionality if your AV software has falsely registered Grand Fantasia as a virus, you will need to add the program to your safe files/white list
If you stumble across any other mirror sites feel free to post a link to them so I can download and check out the client they offer. If it's safe I'll add it to the list.