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Old 01-09-2012, 02:25 PM
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CNET Download...Warning

CNET Download.com was caught adding spyware, adware, and other malware to thousands of software packages. It is bad enough when software authors include toolbars and other unwanted apps bundled with their software. But having Download.com insert such things into 3rd party installers is even more insidious. When users find their systems hosed (searches redirected, home pages changed, new hard-to-uninstall toolbars taking up space in their browser) after installing software, they are likely to blame the software authors. But in this case it is entirely Download.com's fault for infecting the installers! So while Download.com takes the payment for exploiting their user's trust and infecting the machines, it is the software authors who wrongly take the blame! Of course it is users who pay the ultimate price of having their systems infected just to make a few bucks for CNET.

To Add to all the information previously posted throughout this forum about the dangers of downloading from CNET this article contains a lot more, including 36 additional links listing various dangers doing CNET downloading.


http://insecure.org/news/download-com-fiasco.html#news

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Old 01-09-2012, 10:42 PM
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Thanks for bringing attention to this again, as always there will be members that had not read the previous threads posted to be warned .

Later they will be posting "HELP".
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Good post Kassie. They are really worse than anyone imagined.
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To Add to all the information previously posted throughout this forum about the dangers of downloading from CNET this article contains a lot more, including 36 additional links listing various dangers doing CNET downloading.

http://insecure.org/news/download-com-fiasco.html#news
Judy just made me aware of this. Thanks, Kassie, for your vigilance and sharing!~Bountifully,
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Thanks Kassie,
Just a bit of info needed. I don't think I have Cnet as described on the computr . However, I do get emails from them and have opened quite a few. Does this mean that I may be affected some way by their bugs? If they are a problem in email, I'll unsubscribe from them.
Thanks to Judy and Mike and others, I just got my computer cleaned up real good and surely don't want anything else like that to mess it up again.
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Thanks Kassie,
Just a bit of info needed. I don't think I have Cnet as described on the computr . However, I do get emails from them and have opened quite a few. Does this mean that I may be affected some way by their bugs? If they are a problem in email, I'll unsubscribe from them.
Thanks to Judy and Mike and others, I just got my computer cleaned up real good and surely don't want anything else like that to mess it up again.
The problems lie with programs downloaded from them, not emails.

Just don't download any programs from them There are many other safe download sites, CNET download.com is most definitely NOT safe at this time.
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I have been using them about 99% of the time so I'm concerned now.

What became of Tucows. Is it still a safe bet?
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:11 PM
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I have been using them about 99% of the time so I'm concerned now.

What became of Tucows. Is it still a safe bet?
Yes, I believe so.

Other reputable sites
MajorGeeks.com - Download Freeware and Shareware Computer Utilities.

FileHippo.com - Download Free Software

SnapFiles freeware and shareware downloads and reviews, trusted for quality since 1997
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I have been using them about 99% of the time so I'm concerned now.

What became of Tucows. Is it still a safe bet?
May be safe, I don't know. When researching the links for Mike's sticky specifically for those programs listed on it, tucows did not come up in any of those searches that I recall. Don't know about other general computer programs though.

The site itself comes up as safe but their downloads are not necessarily free. Many are free 30 day free trials only for paid programs so you would have to check and see for whatever it is you are looking for.

The security programs I just looked up on tucows were the same programs linked on the Essential Security Tools revised 2012 here and all offered at Tucows were all out of date versions, a couple several years out of date, or only test versions, if that tells you anything.
I didn't look for any other types of programs.
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Let me show you how tricky it has become.


If you click on the first link which is the Avira home page, you think you would be able to get the free from "that" link, not so. Takes you to the 1st attachment

http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus

Same with Avast, if you go to the home page, sure, it shows the free version, but once you click that and then on the next window, No thanks, I want free protection, guess where it takes you. 2nd attachment

http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

By the way, good clean links are on my sticky.
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File Type: jpg Avast free leading to Cnet.jpg (98.4 KB, 502 views)
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I've never had any problem with filehippo
filehippo is listed on several tools as the download link in Mike's new Essential Free Security Tools revised 2012

This sticky was well researched and many download sites were visited and tried to assure most recent version, an approved site by the tool creator and above all SAFE.

All of the links there are as usually preferred and recommended by the security tool creators, either the actual direct file download executable file of the tool itself from the tools home web site a downloaded installer file or the full program FIRST from their home website, from their listed mirror site or the one that had the most recent version other than the home website. As stated, filehippo is listed on several for the safe download.
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filehippo is listed on several tools as the download link in Mike's new Essential Free Security Tools revised 2012

This sticky was well researched and many download sites were visited and tried to assure most recent version, an approved site by the tool creator and above all SAFE.

All of the links there are as usually preferred and recommended by the security tool creators, either the actual direct file download executable file of the tool itself from the tools home web site a downloaded installer file or the full program FIRST from their home website, from their listed mirror site or the one that had the most recent version other than the home website. As stated, filehippo is listed on several for the safe download.
I don't go to his sticky,I have filehippo bookmarked & have my favorite AV/ antispyware programs on flashdrive.
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I don't go to his sticky,I have filehippo bookmarked & have my favorite AV/ antispyware programs on flashdrive.
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I was about to download Malware bytes when I read your post. So, what now? MY ISP suggested Malware bytes ! How do I go about downloading MB without the 'junk'??

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I was about to download Malware bytes when I read your post. So, what now? MY ISP suggested Malware bytes ! How do I go about downloading MB without the 'junk'??

Thanks !
Can get it from here, ALL of these links are perfectly safe.

http://forum.worldstart.com/showthread.php?t=157857
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I was about to download Malware bytes when I read your post. So, what now? MY ISP suggested Malware bytes ! How do I go about downloading MB without the 'junk'??

Thanks !
Get it right here, http://majorgeeks.com/downloadget.ph...d909666f809b26

Same link you will find right here in Mike's Essential Free Security Tools List revised 2012


Go in there for all 100% safe links to all the recommended Security Tools

Beat me to it Mike!
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Get it right here, http://majorgeeks.com/downloadget.ph...d909666f809b26

Same link you will find right here in Mike's Essential Free Security Tools List revised 2012


Go in there for all 100% safe links to all the recommended Security Tools

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