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#1 TheJoker

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 06:47 PM

http://www.thewindow...-download-sites

 

There was a time when we went to some good download sites and clicked on the Download button to download software. And what we got was – software. But times have changed now, and things have gotten a bit messy. Now you have to be very careful before you click on any Download button or link, because you never know what you may end up with!...

 

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 on to your computer before giving you access to the file you want....

 

Read the full article, Safe software download sites – Beware of deceptive download links & PUPs, to see how CNET, Brothersoft and Sourceforge responded, and to read about the necessity of reading the install/installation agreement windows that open to see what is being offered, and to decline if it's not the software you wanted.

 

The article also shows graphically how at CNET there is a ad-free download link of the software download page (it's the small Direct Download Link, NOT the large green Download Now button, which can give you multiple Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs),

 

The article lists multiple safe download sites:

 

http://www.majorgeeks.com/

http://www.softpedia.com/

http://www.techspot.com/

http://www.filehippo.com/

http://www.snapfiles.com/

http://fileforum.betanews.com/

http://www.downloadcrew.com/

 

Check the article at http://www.thewindow...-download-sites as the author stated he was open to updating this list of safe software download sites.

 


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#2 Doctor J

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 12:47 PM

While reading this thread, it reminded me of a great piece I came upon while browsing How To Geek.

It is highly amusing to read, but a little sad at the same time, when one thinks 90% of computer users would be highly vulnerable to such bundled "suprises"...

 

http://www.howtogeek...nload.com-apps/


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Posted 26 July 2015 - 04:53 AM

According to How to Geek, some of the above safe sites went to the dark side:
 
http://www.howtogeek...eres-the-proof/

Edited by Doctor J, 27 July 2015 - 03:05 AM.

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