Cnet has turned from a good download site, into an adware hoster. It forces you to use a custom installer, which then forces you to install adware, and that adware forces you to install adware and it is just a never ending chain of adware until your computer is a useless brick. [Source] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXs23NPehuQ
This site is now a bi-product of Cnet.net. Cnet's download page is bundling malware with all of their downloads. Both the download section of Cnet AND the download.Cnet.com site should be avoided. Please read our WOT scorecard comments below: Both sites should AT THE VERY LEAST be downgraded to Suspicious for Trustworthiness. For Trustworthiness, I rated Cnet's download section very poor.
Additionally, please review our forum topic about how horrible the download section of Cnet has become due to malware infections: (scroll down, if you don't see the link here.)
I have tried using the download.com installers from this site and they have installed various malware on my computer. Sometimes, I have asked the installer NOT to install something but it has been installed anyway.
Today I have been trying to use the direct link but my virus program has blocked all attempts due to an attempt by the download to install malware.
Some of the malware has been quite intrusive and extremely difficult to remove.
The entire site is malware. No matter what you download from here you get Trojans, Adware, Spyware, and unwanted toolbars and all kinds of malicious software. I've gotten about 100 viruses from downloading just 3 things from there! NEVER go on cnet!
A promoter of rogue software and pushes malware installs such as conduit on users' PCs. All users should use extreme care when downloading from cnet download.com. It is advisable to use a very good antivirus program if you are to download anything from here as cnet does not seem to test for viruses and malware anymore, either.
Вместе с легальным софтом поставляет полагины и тулбары к браузерам. После того, как я установил скачанный отсюда Foxitreader, у меня во всех новых вкладках открывается рекламный сайт. Я даже результатами поиска в Google нормально пользоваться не могу.
This site has gone down hill. It was always the place to go to download software. But now you must be very careful when downloading software because they trick you into installing adware and toolbars you don't want
Scummy site that packages adware/information loggers like Conduit search toolbar with their downloads. You download anything from this site at your own risk. Make sure the computer you are using to download from the site doesn't process any sensitive information.
Download.com just keeps getting worse and worse. You used to be able to opt out of their malware, but I defy anyone to download ANYTHING from this site without picking up Conduit. The fact that WOT gives the largest pusher of malware on the planet is incomprehensible to me.
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They have a proprietary downloader which installs conduit search protect, which is spyware. They also started bundleing downloads with other malware from the infamous Spigot, LLC and a yahoo toolbar. You can opt of of the malware if you run an 'advanced' installation, but conduit installs regardless and you are not notified that it happened. It tries to play itself off as an antivirus.
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