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Sep 1, 2013
小心 Comodo IceDragon 有病毒 virustotal https://www.virustotal.com/zh-tw/url/709357d50b5d9c216b92b1fdaafaa1b2a3783a7c3cd693c944c384ac8b5ba31e/analysis/1377993695/
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Sep 1, 2013
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A once trustworthy site is now a complete pit of snakes with an ever increasing number of programs infected with sneaky and difficult to remove adware, spyware, junk toolbars... One could go to reputable sites and get the exact same programs without the sleaze. Until they clean up their act AVOID CNET!!
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Aug 30, 2013
Alert: my antivirus program told me, after I attempted to download a program (Youtube Downloader) (no viruses before this, for I ran a scan), that a virus had been planted and asked if I wanted it removed (duh), which I did. I had canceled the download part way through the download because they also wanted to download another program as well; PC Fix Speed. The reason I canceled was so I could research this additional program. I found out that this program, PC Fix Speed, goes by another name, also, My Clean PC (as well as many other names). My Clean PC is being investigated for illegal activities. Besides this company is notoriously known for computer viruses. Many people has complained about their experience with this company. Besides Youtube Downloader giving me a virus, any company associated with this company (My Clean PC) is not trustworthy. What gets me is that you give it a high rating and a dark green light (circle). Best you get your rating checked out and see who stand for; corrupt, illegal companies, or people who use your service. Thank you, Mr. R. Miller
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Aug 20, 2013
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My IT dept. at work blacklisted this website I now know why. An application given 5 stars by a staff member installed Malware on my computer, hijacked my browser, left hidden processes after claiming to be uninstalled etc. To be clear I de-selected permission for a toolbar to be installed. Hours of Anti-Virus scans removed the worst offending files but I had to re-install Windows as "protected" system files had been altered. I left a simple Malware warning on CNET and reported the App. My comment was deleted, as were others with similar experiences!
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Aug 13, 2013
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The "cnet installer" makes you install "partner software", which are adwares. You must read through them carefully and find "do not install". I think the installer changes each time you download. Be careful.
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Aug 12, 2013
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full of dialers malicius spyware virus bad bad bad
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Aug 2, 2013
Installed 5 (five) different software, hijacked Chrome without my explicit concent
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Jul 31, 2013
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CNET went to great lengths to assure visitors to its download site claiming that the software I was about to download was "absolutely safe and free of any viruses or malware." CNET was adamant that they had thoroughly scanned the software and determined it was safe. The product I downloaded and installed was called "Eltima" and it was loaded with malicious hijacking malware that was tenacious and difficult to remove. Most importantly - when I repeatedly notified CNET of the problem, with extensive documentation as proof. they couldn't have cared less. They never once took any action to removed the INFECTED software. CNET continued to download that infected Eltima software for over a year -- even after they knew, with dead certainty, that it contained malware. That makes CNET a dangerous, malevolent, intentional purveyor of malicious software. It also discloses CNET as an untrustworthy, dishonest willing partner with malicious software vendors determined to infect and hijack users' computers. WARNING!!!! DO NOT DOWNLOAD ANYTHING FROM CNET.
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Jul 30, 2013
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Look at the following reports of virustotal.com it says its a virus and it is harmful: https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/154d3767084eac9b6fd66e3ef3b518ea90c6fd935a438130bc945d9572104313/analysis/1375171664/
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Jul 30, 2013
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I was referred to this site to download DiskMax, and in the process decided to decline their downloader, and yet it eventually disregarded my choice, and forced on me their downloader that installed itself, AND WORSE it also installed WebCake 3.00 - which is a virus that infects your registry entries so that it can replicate and reinstall. You can't uninstall it using normal methods, and so I had to go through pain and do a window restore. AVOID THIS WEBSITE !!!
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Jul 26, 2013
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After I installed a program that I download from this site, my antivirus alerted toolbars were installed from this site.
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Jul 18, 2013
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CNET wraps its own junk into legit packages and often installs adware and spyware. These guys are low-lifers. Don't download anything from here or Softonic until they stop distributing this junkware.
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Jul 16, 2013
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What a shame CNET is now packing BHO, Trojans in their installation package. They would be hard to remove for the un-experienced user.
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Jul 16, 2013
Many download programs are "wrapped" with spyware and adware which alter the web browsers' settings.
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Jul 14, 2013
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While installing drivers from this site, a "We-Care" Chrome browser extension downloaded itself and installed on my browser. This adware is not easily removal. Shame on you CNET / Download.com. I am done visiting your sites.
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Jul 13, 2013
Just got a hit with a Heur.suspicious, and malware from a download from a download.cnet program they allow. My virus scanner caught it before it installed thankfully. Also the toolbars are always suspicious, and I will never accept them. Shame on cnet
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Jun 26, 2013
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The Good: Many programs are listed on this download site. The reviews are the main reason I visit - if they did not do the reviews I doubt I would ever visit. The Bad and Ugly: 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. They have their own download client, which will bring you lots of additional ads.
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Jun 22, 2013
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Used to be a fairly good site, yet its installation wrappers ruins ir all, if one is not particularly cautious: attempts to redirect home pages, plus most undesirable toolbar...
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Jun 19, 2013
Downloaded horizon and ibatalled ,pcoptimizerpro,discount buddy,lyrics kid.search.us.com malware.bundled 3 TOOLBARs!! All malware
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Jun 17, 2013
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NOT SAFE AT ALL. This site distributes malware, to download ANYTHING now you have to download a downloader which installs toolbars. https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/154d3767084eac9b6fd66e3ef3b518ea90c6fd935a438130bc945d9572104313/analysis/1371492271/
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