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[*] Post 493753 posted on 26-2-2015 at 01:01 Reply With Quote
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Might be worth investigating if you've gotten some of the top downloaded software from the likes of Cnet. In the past, they were one that I listed as trusted, but nowadays, I generally tend to download only from the developer's website.
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[*] Post 495948 posted on 19-6-2015 at 13:16 Reply With Quote


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Might be worth investigating if you've gotten some of the top downloaded software from the likes of Cnet. In the past, they were one that I listed as trusted, but nowadays, I generally tend to download only from the developer's website.


Ditto on my end as well. They started at some point in the near past to add extraneous downloads (offers for same)/webpages to their downloads. They also started in a fairly widespread manner NOT downloading the program's install file from their link, but what amounts to a download to go back to their website for the install file; and I think it was a revenue gimmick, i. e., in a kind of flavor of the day, the second link offered up all kinds of toolbars, search engines, etc. that they were marketing at that given moment, that if you weren't paying really close attention that you would wind up with (re deselecting which in and of itself took some thought re how to work it correctly)--yes you could uninstall them if you made a mistake but that's just a waste of time.

The only caveat to downloading from the developer's website is that some (unknown, on my end, percentage) only have a download on CNET, i. e., you click on the developer's download link, & you get immediately redirected to CNET. There are other download sites that may have the developer's download, but they also tend to have their "universal" toolbar/search engine nonsense included in the download install file.
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[*] Post 495952 posted on 19-6-2015 at 15:37 Reply With Quote


I notice a few try to get you to use their "downloader", by default, too.

Thankfully, the lads'n'lasses at NoNags seem to have been immune, thus far.

Not many trustworthy download sites around, now, sadly.

I abhor the way that people like the bloatmasters at Adobe try to get you to install that fount of privacy, Google Chrome, too...
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