I really hate to give File Hippo a bad mark but I now feel I have no choice. It's very unfortunate since I have used this site for so many years. I trusted them so much that I have also suggest them to all my friends, family and customers. I use to tell them "File Hippo" is the safest place for downloading general use programs. The reason for my semi bad mark is because they have recently gone to the wrapper type install method for their programs. This is a sneaky way them to get money by making you unknowingly install unwanted programs with the one you actually downloaded. I am very disappointed in them for doing this. I still go here for a lot of my program update files but unfortunately. I am now more couscous of what I get and how I install after the download. The best suggestion I can give to anyone for this site and any other you might download programs from these days. Is to never choose the "Auto Install Method"..... I suggest you always choose the "Advanced Install" to make sure you uncheck any of the wrapped unwanted programs buried within the one you actually downloaded. You don't need to be a expert to understand you don't want McAfee and Google Chrome automatically installed, when you only wanted Firefox. This is a common trick that lots of company's use now ..... Including File Hippo!) I'm not saying this method is detrimental to your computer but if you already have a "Virus Protector Installed" It can cause you some grief. I just don't have any respect for a company that allows this type of sneaky back handed crap to go on. It ruins a company's good name and standing very quickly! I hope "File Hippo" will read peoples reviews and seriously reconsider what they are now condoning as their standard practice by going back to the way they were before...... Thanks For Reading, Frontrunner.... AKA Black_Denim-Glide
A Suspicious (Yellow) WOT rating from me. File Hippo, in their impending quest for more revenue, has decided to bundle Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPS) with its Download Manager. If you are not careful, you will get these unwanted programs. The workaround is to use only File Hippo's Direct Download Link, which does not include the PUPS. For more information, please visit this link at the My WOT forums:
This site is totally safe for downloads. Provides you with the updates regarding the most famous softwares used worldwide. Site lacks large number of uncommon softwares. But, I usually find all my common softwares needed.
The Update Checker software promoted by the Site is totally safe too.
Just need to be careful of the ADs. Usually, I find the most common, scam ADs on the website.
Lots of useful programs such as audio/video players, Internet browsers, Anti-spyware programs, Anti-Virus programs, and more. I've never once encountered spyware, viruses, or some kind of scam from this site. It's also updated quite regular and has links to the official sites of all the programs I've come across on it.
There is one drawback is no translation into Russian. : (
unwanted "ask" toolbar and two trojan.
The driver of my video card was infected.
the dowloaded program open the navigator at the ask site, thus the source code is changed !
Be carefull ! After each downloading, make a scan of your pc !