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Watch what you download from any site.....I have used Sourceforge thinking they were safe, but I found out they were just another bundle-ware company...
I did check out MajorGeeks and they were found SAFE as a D/L site. http://www.majorgeeks.com/news/story...oad_sites.html

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Why have things come to this stage?

Over a period of time, something somewhere changed. Reputed download sites started getting a lot of traffic. Search Engines rank these sites well, so many visit them to download software. People trusted them. Then came a day when such sites decided to encash that trust – and betrayed their users! It was all about money!

They started offering Installers!

CNET is one such site. So are BrotherSoft, Softonic, FreewareFiles and Tucows. The open-source download site Sourceforge is yet another example! I am sure there are many more. So what are these Installers or Downloaders? They are nothing but setup files that try and first push third-party offers, bundleware and potentially unwanted programs on to your computer before giving you access to the file you want. This is how the downloaders or installers look like.
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Watch what you download from any site.....I have used Sourceforge thinking they were safe, but I found out they were just another bundle-ware company...
I did check out MajorGeeks and they were found SAFE as a D/L site. http://www.majorgeeks.com/news/story...oad_sites.html

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/safe-s...download-sites


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Hate to break it to you Bill but SourceForge was on the original list of sites known to bundle unwanteds with their downloads when I first created Please Stop Using These Websites for Downloads exactly 3 years ago.
I added FileHippo to sites to avoid in the last post in that same thread.

Always good to be reminded however BUT the BEST place to get your downloads is ALWAYS directly from the developer of the program that you want, not a 3rd party download site.
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Hate to break it to you Bill but SourceForge was on the original list of sites known to bundle unwanteds with their downloads when I first created Please Stop Using These Websites for Downloads exactly 3 years ago.
I added FileHippo to sites to avoid in the last post in that same thread.

Always good to be reminded however.
Thanks, but I haven't used any download sites for years, just ran across this because of some of the posts made on WS. The only things I D/L now is updates for my programs.
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Watch what you download from any site.....I have used Sourceforge thinking they were safe, but I found out they were just another bundle-ware company...
I did check out MajorGeeks and they were found SAFE as a D/L site. http://www.majorgeeks.com/news/story...oad_sites.html

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Hate to break it to you Bill but SourceForge was on the original list of sites known to bundle unwanteds with their downloads when I first created Please Stop Using These Websites for Downloads exactly 3 years ago.
I added FileHippo to sites to avoid in the last post in that same thread.

Always good to be reminded however BUT the BEST place to get your downloads is ALWAYS directly from the developer of the program that you want, not a 3rd party download site.
Except where the developers site directs you to a 3rd party download site.

Paradoxically it seems that in recent times Download.com has at least partially acknowledged the error of their ways and are considerably better than they used to be. Not great yet, but better.
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Except where the developers site directs you to a 3rd party download site.

Paradoxically it seems that in recent times Download.com has at least partially acknowledged the error of their ways and are considerably better than they used to be. Not great yet, but better.
True. I haven't had any do that lately. When that happens then I go to Majorgeeks for the download, not to one of those "don't download from here" sites.
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[b]I used "FileHippo" before, thinking it was a safe site, but I found it not to be as safe as I thought. Here's a safe sites list, but we must realize that any download site may end up being NOT so safe....

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So we then come to the question – which are the safe software download sites. Well today, if I have to download freeware, I usually prefer to download it from the developers website. This ensures that I get the latest version too. But if I have to visit a download sites, I prefer and trust the following:

Majorgeeks.com
Softpedia.com
TechSpot.com
X Filehippo.com See this.
SnapFiles.com
fileforum.betanews.com
downloadcrew.com

Where freeware contains bundled software, some of them mark it as Bundleware or Ad supported or something to this effect. At least they do not add anything to the freeware.

I am sure that there maybe a few more clean download sites. If you know of any other safe software download sites, please do share them with us in the comments, for the benefit of others. I am open to updating this list of safe software download sites.
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