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CNET sometimes tries to force you in installing unwanted software. If the green download button says "Installer enabled", click the "Direct Download Link" below it! And it's bloated with ads, too. But otherwise, it's a good site with nice software reviews.
This software repository is increasingly cited by customers for stealth downloads of unwanted and/or malicious software in addition to the advertised software.
Recommendation: If the web site of a trusted software author offers a CNET download link, it's probably safe if you also reject any add-on offers. Otherwise you should scan what you download from CNET for malware before you use or install it.
download.cnet.com is blacklisted by Sucuri. References:
CNet is starting to place a proprietary "wrapper" around the downloads which can install additional software (toolbars) that are not part of the what the user asked for. Considering there are many software titles found on Download.com were not put there at the request of the software authors, this constitutes an ethical issue as well as a potential legal one.
A more complete write-up can be found at the ghacks and MaximumPC websites.
From my experiences, it is recommended to not use this site for general downloads since they are packed with adware and PUPs, which to you is ad-filled programs or potentially malware. Apart from this it can have general news and information related to technology. Avoid the downloads here, go for Softpedia or more reputable domains with free software.
CNET has gone low and now makes you download a "installer" to download the actual software you went in for. Then their Installer has a bunch of hidden options that changes settings on your system and browser.
A free download site, but the installer installs Babylon and Vosteran on my computer. Be careful
Be careful with this site. I downloaded something from there that said "installer enabled" and when I clicked install, kaspersky came up saying that potential harmful software may be active. Do not download anything here that says "installer enabled".
Download.com has recently started adding a "download stub" to each and every program on their site that tries to foist a bunch of 3rd party bundleware onto you. If you check out their FAQ on this, they say its all in the name of protecting you. Sorry, but it looks more to me like CNET's attempt to get into the lucrative bundling game at the expense of their less savvy users. To be fair, if you look at the tiny print under the download link, there's a link to directly download the program. Unfortunately, you have to register and be logged in to download.com to do this. Basically they'll trade you the direct link for your personal information. Thanks, but no thanks. I'll be avoiding download.com from this point on. Discussion here: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=304653
WordWeb is a wonderful program. CNET Download has destroyed its once impeccable reputation by adding some of the most dangerous malware on the Internet in the name of downloading its "little installer". Those people now in charge of CNET should be ashamed of themselves - in fact CNET's bosses should receive lifetime bans from the Internet and all possible efforts should be made to make it that which it once was an no longer is.
Download.com wraps downloads in bloatware, lies about motivations