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Jan 13, 2014
Be wary of some of these downloads. The program/company in the title is probably not the actual programmer. I downloaded what I thought was Dell software and ended up with a suspicious program with tons of add-ons I didn't want. Every time I started up my browser, I was directed to a website to buy this program when it was advertised on Cnet as "free". The very worst part was that it took over Internet Explorer with a virus. I had just recently wiped my computer, so I just re-did that to get rid of it. I'm definitely not using Cnet's download site ever again. The program I really wanted actually took some digging. Search engines kept sending me to third party sites like Cnet instead of Dell's.
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Jan 10, 2014
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USED To Be a Good Site. But now: SOME Mac Programs are offered to Macintosh Users with a WINDOWS .EXE "Installer Helper" that is Nothing but a bundle of Spyware Installers (and .EXE files CAN'T BE RUN On Macintosh Systems anyway)! All users should beware of Installer Wrappers offered by this site. Use the Direct Download Link ONLY!
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Jan 5, 2014
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Be careful when installing, slowly go through the download procedure, or else you risk getting add-ons and other P.U.P. added to your browser. also watch out for the correct links , some are ads that add things like optimiseyourpc (that's what i got) to your PC, be careful when installing.
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Safe downloade location for software.
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Jan 2, 2014
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Don't download programs here or trust any reviews. Firstly, CNET makes their own installers for everything & puts adware in them. Secondly, most of the reviews are either completely untrustworthy & by competitors or the creators/partners of the program, or by complete retards who know nothing about using a computer & don't have any business writing a review (specifically a bad one) on something they couldn't even figure out how to use correctly, or didn't realize the program was utter spam. Stick with Softpedia. They never shove crap into installers & even if there are never as many reviews for programs, it's usually a lot less likely you'll find fake ones. Plus their site is put together in a nice way that makes it easy to find specific types of software.
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Dec 25, 2013
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too much malware bundled with their downloads now. Stay away or spend hours fixing your pc.
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Dec 24, 2013
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Very safe download site. I use CNET all the time.
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Dec 18, 2013
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Good site to download Freeware or Shareware software.
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Dec 10, 2013
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I used to like this site and used it frequently, but now many of the recent times I have attempted to download software from CNET it has come accompanied with tons of malware and unwanted toolbars which i explicitly denied during the installation and now cannot remove. I am an IT professional who works at a university in Chicago.
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A good site on the recent past but now you can't download software with a full load of toolbar, search engines changers and a lot of awfull software.
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Nov 28, 2013
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Fukking malware and toolbars on every download
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Nov 27, 2013
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I won't be downloading from CNET anymore, though I was an avid user.. The last couple of pc utility programs I downloaded from the site had spy and adware programs in them and one had a trojan in it.. This is NOT a trustworthy site any longer as I believe they are taking money to allow others to track your PC usage..
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Nov 27, 2013
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The CNET dowloader try to install unwanted toolbar and maleware. I trusted CNET for so many years but I will never trust any more :-(
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Nov 22, 2013
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I stopped using cnet after all the bad rap it started to gain and now, I just try to download things straight from the source or otherwise. For all new users, be really careful. I haven't experienced any problems when I did use cnet back then, but I downloaded common things like antivirus programs and such. Anyways, look out peeps >.<
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Nov 11, 2013
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bundle installers with adwares download programs consist of an ad installer that installs without consent and that simply put the original install file in a folder.
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Nov 8, 2013
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CNET must not review what downloads they post. CNET has many fake/rogue security software downloads like for example they have Winzip registry optimizer which is a scam also 1 of the worst rogues ever out there CNET has it spyware begone is a HUGE rogue CNET has some trustable downloads too but i would be careful and not trust CNET
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Oct 27, 2013
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Great source for shareware/freeware/trial version software for Windows, Mac or Android platforms. It's a great place to get peer reviews and ratings for all sorts of software from security tools, to web browsers, to backup and firewall programs. Please be careful when installing some software to note when addon software is slidden into the installation script for stuff like web browser tool bars which are commonly added in as adware or spyware. These are not things which are added by cnet.com, but rather the developers of the program as a way of making a little bit of money for their software.
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Oct 23, 2013
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Bundles Questionable software with it's own downloader when wanting to download a file.
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Oct 20, 2013
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Reliable site for downloading all kinds of freeware/shareware/trialware, for most popular operating systems (excluding linux). A few ads, but not disturbing.
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Oct 19, 2013
CNET once was trustworthy. But no longer. If you download anything from CNET, when you start the installation they need to use their "tiny little installer" to install that downloaded setup file. That would be okay except that with absolutely no warning and no choices they change your homepage and default search engine and install a new toolbar in the Internet. In addition the presence of that "tiny..." allows them to, in the future, download and install anything they feel like installing. They have sold out to the malware pirates.
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