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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Tue Dec 16, 2014, 09:33 AM

2. Yup, extreme caution needs to be exercised when d/l-ing.

Safe software download sites Beware of deceptive download links & PUPs
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/safe-software-download-sites

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...


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.


Recently even FileHippo (who I used and trusted... to a point...for years) has begun "offering" downloads via Installers:

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/filehippo-starts-offering-downloads-via-installers

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