I run a mac and have anti-virus and adware removal software installed. i ran it before i went online and after i was done downloading something from download.cnet.com i ran it again after seeing something odd in my add-ons for firefox menu called SPIGOT, which i found out was a virus. i went to no other websites but that one, so i went to wikipedia and typed in download.cnet. you can read about the rest on there.
i had NEVER been hijacked before,yet a few weeks ago,while looking for an un-zipping programme that is what happened.Everything began to go slow and sluggish before all icons changing into the same icon,the homepage and searchengin changed my laptop eventuallybecame locked up when the user account password was changed too.Nothing else had been downloaded
CNET bundles unwanted programs or/and malware with most of the downloads on their site. Be sure to read EVERY page when installing if you do choose to download files from this now not-so-respectable site.
Software downloaded from Download.com appears to often contain unwanted malware installed without your permission or the ability to opt out. This can include software that hijacks your browser's default start pages and search engines.
Either Download.com is adding this malware itself, or it is not appropriately vetting hosted programs to protect its users.
It's difficult to know what you're actually downloading from CNET these days, the download page has so many "download" links that are not related to the actual download that it's very misleading. Very often if you go to the site of the application that you are downloading WOT or google classifies it as malware. Beware.
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Cnet ain't what it was. You have to be careful what you click when it comes to the website, and to the installation of files themselves as they will often try to get you to agree to 3rd party apps, often disguising it as apart of the installation. I can no longer give this a positive rating because of the increase in intrusiveness of the Ads.
Do NOT use Cnet.com's site for downloading software. They unfortunately bundle potentially unwanted programs and/or spyware and crapware.
Instead, go to the software author's own site and download the software there!
They have started wrapping some of their downloads in an installer that includes some pretty blatant adware. The adware won't install unless you accept T&C, but when it does it's pretty blatant malware.