Discuss: CNET and Trojans

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December 9, 2011 at 07:25:50
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about recent reports that CNET may be bundling software downloaded off of its Download.com website with Trojans. Discuss here what you think about these revelations, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#2
December 9, 2011 at 09:31:22
I'll stick to filehippo, just straight forward downloading, no extra nag screens like CNET

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#3
December 9, 2011 at 11:23:42
I would like to see proof that they did that.

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#4
December 9, 2011 at 11:41:58
Well, the article Justin links to indicates cNet admits to the accusation. McAfee, Panda, and F-Secure declare it malware. I guess this could be an elaborate hoax by nMap, but I've got better things to do than dig in an archive for their mailing list.

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#5
December 9, 2011 at 11:51:18
I missed the blue link there. Read too fast I guess. It is getting to the point where you don't know who to link to when helping folks here.

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#6
December 9, 2011 at 13:23:36
No hard feelings, I too think the blue link color blends in a bit too well in the sea of this site.

I'd like to see it change, but I'm not sure how to make it stand out without being gaudy. Underlining looks dated, rollover effects are dodgy, purple infers previously viewed, and red might stick out a bit too well.

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#7
December 9, 2011 at 15:43:52
Used to rely on C-Net/Download.com for almost everything. Then things started looking a little suspicious a few years ago when they were pushing software that I knew was "shady". Now I almost never use them (and from what it appears, it's a good thing).

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#8
December 9, 2011 at 21:11:18
I haven't downloaded any downloads from download .com since 2004 or so. And even back then I'd only download from Download if I was downright desperate.

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#9
December 10, 2011 at 05:21:38
Filehippo is a straight foward, it only take two mouse clicks to download a software.

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#10
December 10, 2011 at 08:46:34
That's why I recommend filehippo all the time ;-)

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#11
December 11, 2011 at 09:39:18
I've never downloaded from download.com myself. A couple I know downloaded several things there that either didn't work or something. I don't remember other than it stood out as a major pain in the backside. It seemed, according to them, that almost everything they got from there was like that so I just avoided it.

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#12
December 13, 2011 at 08:31:02
I used to download everything from CNET... and I downloaded at least one program a day. Now, I do not download near as much, and I usually download from either Microsoft or Softpedia... SOMETIMES CNET...

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#13
December 13, 2011 at 11:42:46
I only download stuff via links in emails from people I don't know.


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#14
January 9, 2012 at 20:46:50
Yes. I wasn't aware of this "alleged" issue.

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#15
January 12, 2012 at 18:33:08
They try and get you to install babylon search engine when I don't want to.
And I have downloaded a few suspected downloads from them. The first they were very helpful the second was a year ago and still no reply. I don't go there unless I have to.

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