The works for me - you always have to be watchful on what you really are downloading. Clicked the wrong download button and promptly went to a site that WOT has flagged with RED. Check Point locked the site out. I don't know if Cnet is part of this or not.
The site is very good and is very popular, however when downloading freeware from it users should be careful - always use "Custom Install" instead of "Typical Install", disallow any changes to be made to your Internet browser settings and avoid installing additional promoted software. Failing to follow this simple rule will end up in installing various adware on one's computer (redirect issues, privacy issues etc.) I think that such great website as download.com should use more legitimate methods to monetize the incoming web traffic (just my opinion).
This used to be my #1 go-to website for downloading new products but over the last 3 months I have downloaded 5 small programs and each program has installed a toolbar and spyware that was not asked for. I can no longer recommend the website.
It is still great resource to keep an eye on the latest software programs but don't download from it.
Malicious, nomatter what you wanna think:
BROWSER-IE Microsoft Internet Explorer userdata behavior memory corruption attempt (No false alert)
Don't download anything from them. They've been reputable in the past, but not anymore. I downloaded CCleaner from them and, unknowing to me, installed the Coupon Companion plug-in(Adware) without my consent. I always check to make sure I'm not getting any junk and I got it anyways.
So I can not, and will not trust downloads from this site.
Since CNET was acquired by CBS, their downloads now have spyware/;adware/toolbars. The information on the site is still good, but I would download anything at the manufacturer's website. Sad that CNET has taken this route.
Used to trust these guys. Recently downloaded a program and their stupid download manager installed "Coupon Companion" on my computer without my consent and I'm sure it was spying on everything I did. It even overlayed YouTube with a message saying I needed to download an update - this alerted me that something fishy was going on because I've never seen anything like that. C|Net: you suck.
C|Net therefore has disgraced themselves in my opinion and I will never use their site again. Ever.
As with all software, you must be patient during any install procedure. Never accept the default setting of any program. After being led and redirected to Malware I no longer use CNET. Always think SECURITY COMES FIRST! Even if it is a trusted web site!
There are problems with download.cnet.com -- many "editor" reviews are superficial and imply the software is perfect. The user reviews are filled with bias - not so unusual, but a warning to tread carefully. I always start with the Negative reviews to see the worst possible case, then check with the software makers website, and WOT and Softpedia to get a clearer picture. I shouldn't have to do all this, but the last time I jumped at a piece of software (free) rated high by the editor, it installed a rogue IM client and I had to invoke three pieces of cleanup software to disable, kill and remove it. Not good. There are a lot of good softwares here and the reviews (not editor's) can help - but, like I said: tread cautiously. Oh, yes, they also have their own download client, which will bring you lots of additional ads. Just saying.
Misleading advertisement. It say free just to get you to download. Then after it completes scanning you computer they want you to purchase the software before the fix the errors. BS false advertisement!
This is a very reliable site to pick up new software for trial. I've ended up purchasing or donating to many developers that post their software here over the years. Caution is still the wisest course for all downloads but I've never, to my knowledge, had a Trojan horse or other malware piggyback any software posted here.
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