Linked by Anonymous Coward on Tue 6th Dec 2011 22:36 UTC
Bugs & Viruses In a recent site update, CNET Download.com listings have begun redirecting product download links for popular freeware and opensource applications to their own "downloader and installer" utility which bundles a number of adware components alongside the requested application and changes the users' homepage and default search engine to Microsoft Bing. Freeware authors are sending CNet cease and desist orders demanding virgin download links, something affected open source developers may or may not be able to do due to FOSS license terms.
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RE[2]: Tell me it ain't so, CNET!
by Barnabyh on Wed 7th Dec 2011 19:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Tell me it ain't so, CNET!"
Barnabyh
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2006-02-06

Yeah, it was really good in the late 90's and early 2000's, they actually went to great length to reassure us that their downloads are ad- and malware-free. Oh, how times have changed. Anything for a bigger buck, even betraying that carefully over more than 10 years built up trust.

Well, I suppose it's still good for reading (and leaving) reviews. Some of their downloads are quite out of date these days anyway, much better of going to the original site.

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