Be very careful of what you download... If possible, I rather search for the company page of the software I need, and download from there, after having deeply researched about its reputation. If you realy want to download fron cnet, remember to uncheck all the un-needed stuff they want you to download by default.
Distributes HTTPS bypassing MALWARE in every download. PROOF: www.howtogeek.com/210265/download.com-and-others-bundle-superfish-style-https-breaking-adware/
All I see are comments that are RED and negative yet the MYWOT rating is somehow GREEN! How can this be?!!?!? CNET are shady, malware spreading, deceiving cockroaches!
CNET own forums are littered with complaints of malware and it is impossible to find the "Download site feedback forum located here in there list of subforums:
CNET has NO MORALS and screw over independent developers as much as possible. They litterally go out of their way to cause headaches. Including not helping when someone spams the product reviews for many weeks. After this, they do not answer emails. Their searches do not make sense.
After you remove your software product from download.CNET.com they will SEO your product name in a way that drives your potential customers to a CNET search page using YOUR product name to promote competitor software! This means google search results will have your PRODUCT_TITLE in the LINK_TEXT then list all of your competitor products in the link. Better believe this will stay on first page of your google search results for years! This is nonsense. If you look at the search result page HTML, your product name is in there more than 100+ times in the HTML! This is CRIMINAL.
Their reviews are BOUGHT and PAID FOR also BIASED for CNET own financial gain and traffic!
I HATE YOU CNET!
Most software downloads platforms have since time an unfortunate tendency to transform softwares installers hosted in their servers (even up to the very recognized software)!
Indeed, these sites "hack" installers, without notifying the user or by warning or as a tempting offer or "survival of the site" to include unwanted program (often adware or toolbars) that will to install itself in customer computer without his knowledge or by inattention of the user to make money on the back of customer (including through advertising ways).
I WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMENDS, when you find an interesting program, do a search on a search engine (eg Google) to find more details on the desired software including the website of the official site to which it is strongly advisable to go there to directly download your software.
OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS, In addition to my first recommandtion, ALWAYS good look at each step of the installation, even a recognized software AND UPDATES because here too, the official author can itself afford to insert its own crapwares or third parties crapwares.
Most if not all downloads on this site are now packaged with adware. The installer will try to trick users into installing additional bits of software they do not want. Here is a link to an article about this if you want to read more before seeing first-hand how bad it is. CNet used to be a very reputable source for finding downloads. It isn't safe anymore.
Long time visitor/registered user/commenter on Cnet.com.
Great tech information, product reviews, software reviews/downloads. Be careful with CNET's free software downloads...the site wants to install a down-loader and you must be careful to un-check "tick-boxes" to avoid installing additional, unwanted 3rd party software when downloading files.
As with most tech web-sites, interjecting politics into the Comments section is hugely entertaining. Since they post articles such as "FCC Ruling on Net Neutrality", these types of articles nearly demand political commentary. However, techie's tend to be Liberal, thus if you start talking about "profit" or "working hard to make a better service or product", the other Commenters will start replying negatively and vehemently.
One of the best things I like is that Cnet's Comment tool will send you an E-mail when someone replies to your comment or a commend thread you initiated on a topic. I wish more websites used such a tool. It allows you to reply to a reply very quickly, great if you need to defend your position AND it has been a great way to reply to someone supportive of your position..in either cases the threads tend to be longer, and you have the opportunity to reach common ground with other users/commenters.
Using a Win7 computer with Kaspersky AV and the FireFox Browser with the following Add-ons, nothing nefarious is reported which is not adequately managed:
This site is good for things such as reviews on software and the latest news in technology such as TV's, video games, webcams, etc. However, not all is well, and this is because of the downloads that are quite questionable. The base software that one wishes to download is good, but the issue lies within the heavily pushed third party software that is filled with malware and PUP's, and even a couple times it was forced onto my computer. Not only that but even with ad-blocking software such as Adblock Plus, several boxes manage still appear such as surveys and boxes that ask for you to become a member. Overall it's safe for anything except the downloads of software.
CNET is a popular site with a large collection of programs and articles about news in computer technology.
But, some time ago they chosen the most unethical way to monetize their website (except of ads). They started bundling real, useful software with potentially unwanted programs or other garbage in the so called "Secure Download" (what a ironic name). As a non-registered user I can't even easily find a link for direct download. It is some kind of plague lately.
I advice everybody to visit official websites of programs to be sure its not bundled with some crap, however sometimes even official websites might "offer" you some garbage during installation process so beware.
Except of that, this website is fairly safe, it does not use exploits to automatically infect your computer, it has interesting articles and forums.
Once a good site, now forcefully installs adware that is not easy to remove. I double and triple checked that the bundled sw was unchecked and that there was no tricky wordplay involved. Still, I received the adware that I opted not to receive. Really scummy practice here, I hope someone gives them what's coming to them.. It's bad enough that they try to trick unsuspecting people into downloading potentially computer-damaging software, but doing so against our will after we opted not to is criminal...
I've used CNet's download.com for many years. It's a good place for freeware/shareware/trialware. But in recent years (perhaps related to their acquisition by CBS) they've gotten really sneaky about trying to get you to download stuff you didn't ask for. It's still a good resource, but the download process will take you through several screens where you have to be very careful where you click to avoid the junkware they are being paid to promote.