be careful about downloading from this site, they have clearly fallen asleep on the job and let what used to be a good trustworthy website go down the road of distributing virus and malware ridden software.
not good avoid or you may regret it
Do as many rogue downloads websites , ie to change the installers of programs hosted in their site to add crap all kinds (especially adware, toolbars or spyware).
Not content with this dishonest, it forces us, but AFTER you put personal opinion on the quality of a program, include in this website, linking to another account such as Facebook to publish the notice!
I downloaded a doom source port from Download.com in 2012. It came with a wrapper installer that bundled it with "CORE" an adware rootkit. Removing core was impossible. My antivirus could not remove it, and I ended up getting a backdoor installed via core that made my PC open to a hacking attack which totally messed up my PC, making in unusable 2 weeks later. I urge anyone with any sense to AVOID download.com like the plague!
This site was a trustworthy site before but NO LONGER For several years I have had personal experiene with this site and have myself had malware and hijacked browser problems. I do not use it anymore since any software that you download comes with a hidden payload in their downloader software that will hijack your browser and add adware and worse on your computer. AVOID!! I see that this site has not yet been red listed and as a result people will continue to believe that it is safe when it is NOT.
Read more here about the dangerous malware that gets automatically bundled into software available on download.cnet.com
cnet has now stranded together some unnecessary and often malicious toolbars/ adware with the original program installer, which will hijack your browser (or worse your computer) when you install using the downloader you obtained from the website...
I would strongly recommend anyone to download any software through LEGAL retailers not some file sharing websites / 'software review' websites like cnet.
During installation, please read through carefully what you are agreeing to, don't just tick all the boxes and the next button.
I've been a download.com user since approximately 2000. Not a single issue for over a decade, until 2015. Two pieces of malware were introduced to my system downloading apps I trusted from this very reputable site. Lost a lot of time cleaning up the mess. I apologize for my inability to remember the specific apps.
CNET now wraps programs with unwanted BLOATWARE and other CRAP that is usually subtly hidden within the installer. I do not recommend downloading ANYTHING at all from CNET.
For example I downloaded one program, to which the installer offered me 4 different unwanted programs that were cleverly made to look like the one I wanted to install, luckily I canceled the program and sought out elsewhere.
CNET and Download.com USED to be a good and trustworthy site. It's now just riding on its old reputation. The downloads come wrapped in adware, spyware, and browser add-ons that only the savviest of installers have a chance of avoiding. Often they install anyway even if you tell them not to.
CNET was great in the early 2000s. Now it's full of the malware you're usually going there to avoid. Just go to the developer's websites to get your downloads of Avast, AVG, Malwarebytes and the like.
From personal experience about 70% of the software I have downloaded from this site contained malware, spyware or viruses. Once in a while a program will install over 20 virus on your computer at once. The way the websites set up, it defeats all the online scanners which show this site as safe.