The rom I downloaded didn't even contained the game listed in the description. Instead, "Stormfall" adware from GetPose.com was installed on my computer. I was also asked numerous times to agree to other 3rd-party software before I downloaded the rom. AVOID
When you click on "Download Rom now" the site presents you with the questionable CR_Downloader software. Clicking on the the "Alternative download link (with ads and timer)" is the only way to bypass this. Other than this I found it to be reliable site.
The site itself has been one I enjoy for years, but they are getting very shifty lately. I went in to download VBA off of their site (like I've done many times before) and noticed they added their own downloader. It was a bit refreshing considering the site usually linked to third party download hosts for downloads which often hosted shifty ads. However with their downloader, which they claimed would "ensure a file is virus free" among other jargon, actually intentionally installs malware and adware on your computer. Their download prompt is listed as having three steps (logically the 2nd step is the part where you uncheck participation in downloading adware bullshit) but the downloader lags and will speed you through step 2. After completing three downloads my computer was sneakily rigged with more than 4-5 useless programs, one of which hides itself and targets IE to host ads to the user. I'm not trusting this site for ROMS until they stop being shifty pieces of shit.
This site is the absolute worst site I have ever seen... Ill start it off with saying if you are claiming you do not have a virus after using this site RECENTLY then you have a horrible anti-virus (Like AVG, or ANY pay for or free horrid antivirus) They have their down loader which is worse then any I have ever seen. I downloaded Smash bros melee to play on my second monitor whilst doing stuff. A QUICK scan of malwarebytes found 5 viruses in the first few seconds. I had immediately re installed windows (which actually failed different problem) So I started to scan my computer finding viruses in windows old. From this I used all of the powerful programs that I know of. I started every actually working powerful antivirus, antirootkit, ect scans (Each is problem specific) This spanned a week of fixing my computer from this horrible site. How do I know it was THIS site? I scanned my computer FULLY before using this site... Over 30 viruses, malware, adware, trojans, and other shit... I googled a few of them and found that many steal passwords and usernames via keyloggers. This site is horrible. I spent a month making sure my computer was 1000% clear since I use it for everything.
TL:DR This site is a HORRID site for downloading roms... The downloader can bundle over 30 collective malware and rootkits. Keyloggers ect. AVOID at ALL costs.
IN CASE YOU ARE HERE ABOUT VIRUSES FROM THIS SITE. Some forums that are very helpful: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ (Careful about ads... Use adblock on this site because some ads look like antivirus downloads (adsense) it's not the fault of the site but can confuse people) Malwarebytes forums.
Used to be good until now. Before you even download a ROM, the site makes you download their downloder that has nothing but a bunch of programs that forces you to click accept or you don't get your ROM. Rom Hustler is better than this.
Used to use this site very often with no ad pop ups since i have (Ad Blocker ) on Firefox, never found a virus or unwanted install of programs that are obviously a virus.
Recently about a week ago, I've been downloading Nintendo Gamecube Roms and mysterious Ads pop up now when i HAVE Ad Blocker Plus! and i have no option to choose not to install BS software.
It started scanning my PC immediately, I stopped it and scanned my whole PC with AVG and it found a Trojan Horse...
Very disappointed in where this site has gone, now i have a virus after a year keeping my PC clean, would hate to erase this drive AGAIN! Careful as of today if your reading this, make sure your protected.
This used to be a great site until they put this crdownloader..crap, if you don't read the instructions carefully they make you install a lot of dshit you never asked for, so you need to decline the first few licence agreements instead of agree. That´s really cheap...
A very good site for Roms. Haven't had any problems with this site. a LOT of ads pop up in your face. When you ever want to visit this site. MAKE SURE you install Ad Block Plus.
Otherwise, no problems. This isn't good for ISO's though because it takes up a Lot of your space on your hard drive.
I wanted to get the playstation 2 emulator. I got it. And for a test I wanted to get a quick game. I did. But after downloading a seemingly too small "rom" (327 KB) and installing it, AVG free freaked out and said there were two trojans in my computer. I used AVG to remove and tried again. When I went to install my already downloaded "rom" instead of blindly clicking continue (which I did previously) I read it and realized my "rom" was actually an add-on for my web browser (something about coupons). When I declined this offer it took me back on my web browser and brought me to the legit download page. This site rocks and everything, but be careful which download button you choose. I chose the one without the video/timer.
When I Clicked The Download Button To Download The ROM File, An Installer Was Downloaded Instead With The Same Name Of The Rom, This Is "Safe And Keep" Which Is a Adware/Virus, If You Already Installed It By Mistake, Use System Restore Immediatly !
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