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CNET CRAPWARE add-ons

by dalowman / July 2, 2012 / 8:13 AM UTC

What is wrong with you guys? CNET was my go-to site to download software.

Now when I try to download an application, you are adding on other software I don't want.

The other day I downloaded a program and 'BLEKKO' search bar was installed on my computer even though I checked 'no' when asked if I wanted it.

From now on I will go directly to the publisher to download any software I need.

Shame on you!

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CNET CRAPWARE add-ons
by disssd / July 7, 2012 / 8:09 AM UTC
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Another case in point, this Babylon search engine that's wormed itself into every web browser i have immediately after I used the CNET downloader. It did not even seek permission to install - just hid behind some sort of vaguely worded plea about ad support from CNET Downloads.

I knew something was wrong when the I saw the download speed in Kbits!

But worse, Babylon is a bad rash that won't go away.
Its a pain to uninstall cos not only do you have remove it from the settings tab of the browser but also have to do a lengthy search in regedit to remove all traces from the registry. It states on the Babylon site that all you have to do is uninstall it from the Control panel "Uninstall a Program" in Win7, but who are they kidding? Try googling "uninstall Babylon" and see how people are pi**ed off.

Like Dalowman I am going to aviod "CNET" like the plague.

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SpeedTrap
by lone-star / July 8, 2012 / 6:05 PM UTC
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Downloaded and now every new tab I open goes to Yahoo search. I can't find a way to change it. Got my homepage changed, but that only works when I open Firefox, any new tab can't be changed. What a rip off. I will never use Yahoo for anything because they try to hijack your computer. If anyone knows how to remove this let me know.

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See if the link
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 11, 2012 / 4:21 AM UTC
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1000 percent agree
by lenintampa / July 27, 2012 / 8:36 AM UTC
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I'm so pissed off, I can't see straight. I too always went to Cnet as the safe place to get trials and other software. Today I got a bunch of stuff that I didn't want, that I didn't know was going to be installed and is a royal pain in the *** to get rid of.

Wake up Cnet - like you don't make enough money from your sponsors that you need to junk up your users computers?

WTF - I'm over this site.

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Same thing on Crapware
by boongsong / August 31, 2012 / 8:53 AM UTC
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I went to a software manufacturer's web site to download a trial version. Up comes CNET.
Clicked on the download link and in the process I was prompted to include AVG software for
my browser and search. No options to refuse.
What the heck is going on?
I don't want anything other than the software I want to test. I do not want to have to download
crapware then have to fight to get it out of my computer.
Is this the best CNET has to offer and why is CNET even involved in a manufacturer's business?
Guess I'll have to forego the trial version
What a lousy way to do business that you have to accept garbage you don't want.

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