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6 years ago
Don't download anything on this site. Just don't.
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c
6 years ago
Generally a good site; with some nasty hidden supprises.  I noticed that they still have the big, green "Download Now--installer enabled" button above the small "direct download link".  If you select the green button, you get (usually great) free software, but Download.com bundles it with adware and spyware (the "Installer").
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6 years ago
Gen:Trojan.Heur.JP.VmNfaqXjWfjO & Downloader.Small.Win32.80096 http://download.cnet.com/Avast-Free-Antivirus-2015/3001-2239_4-10019223.html?hasJs=n&hlndr=1&part=dl-85737&path=direct&ls=media
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6 years ago
The downloads provided are uniformly excellent with the exception of the mandatory downloader.  This adds various free things to your browser which are difficult to impossible to remove and have been impossible to avoid.  I am going to scan the download with Webroot prior to any further action and see if it can remove things...unless I abort prior to the actual download.  If I can successfully download now (and remove the crap, as in search bars and the like) and can modify this comment I will.  Otherwise I would suggest looking at downloads here and downloading them elsewhere or not at all.
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m
6 years ago
Twice lately installed software, and everything is good. Touch wood. I feel if cautious with download, pay attention & take your time. download.cnet is offering a safe download.
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6 years ago
According to uBlock as a example from many other instances there is this to consider about cnet.com: ''uBlock Origin has prevented the following page from loading: http://download.cnet.com/Avast-Free-Antivirus-2016/3000-2239_4-10019223.... Because of the following filter ||download.cnet.com^$document'' Seems a bit dodgy really.
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m
6 years ago
Full of spyware, worms and different kind of insects when you install programms.
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6 years ago
The home page of the software I wanted pointed to CNet. Argh. What to do? The "Download" button did NOT say "Installer Enabled", which was a good sign, but my trust level of CNet's download site is pretty low -- however, I verified the hash of the file against the hash published on the software's home page, and they matched. No <expletive deleted> Ask toolbar, or any other such crap seen post-install. Still, I'd prefer not to get anything from CNet's download site.
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A
6 years ago
Beware of unwanted programs and tool bars.
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O
6 years ago
Download.com bundles Unwanted Programs (PUP with almost every single one of their downloads. The fact that the rating is green only shows how well they do at sneaking these installs in. Please don't be ignorant and give this site a proper rating.
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R
6 years ago
The software Registrar-Registry download is loaded with Trojans.
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6 years ago
I remember downloading anything from this site before, I got a virus, frankly my computer is repaired.
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W
6 years ago
I read the article on Cnet and d/l DIVX program, but it never installed because I refused to accept their third party softwares. In the meanwhile, Cnet d/l without my permission a third party virus software call 360 degree. I am done with Cnet and will NEVER click their website.. They are going on my blacklist. BTW, the setup in my programs will not uninstall.
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6 years ago
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.
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6 years ago
Full off malicious adware with deceptive installers. "Excellent" ratings are completely misguiding!
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6 years ago
Usually I download a CCleaner here. Otherwise I see no problems with site!
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6 years ago
Don't use the installer. Otherwise a good site.
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M
6 years ago
Some downloads are "wrapped" in a adware installer. IF you have to download from CNET, use a program/application like unchecky.
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c
6 years ago
Increasingly I've been downloading software which either hosts viruses or comes with payloads of unwanted extra software that isn't obvious on installation.
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r
6 years ago
Non controllano i programmi hostati che sono pieni di crapware aggiuntivi che verranno puntualmente installati dagli utenti poco attenti
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