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by Randy Bell / May 19, 2013 6:25 AM PDT

Hi, I've been using the CNET Download App, the replacement for CNET Tech-Tracker. I noticed the Download App actually updates ITSELF as well as other applications on one's PC.

I let it update itself and, unbeknownst to me, it OVER-RODE my User Settings to turn OFF the auto-loading at Windows Bootup. Later, I shutdown my PC, not knowing what had taken place.

Well, lo and behold, I booted up the next time, and I felt as if Download App had hijacked my PC. It started scanning automatically, and there is no item in the rightclick Menu from the System Tray, to STOP the scanning.

So I waited and waited, then had to terminate Download App because it had HUNG. This is most irritating; and you shouldn't override the user's settings when the program updates itself. KEEP the user's preferences intact, and don't hijack the PC.

In fact, you shouldn't set the default to run at Windows Boot either - let the User decide what he prefers and don't impose your will on the User.

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by CNETSupport / May 20, 2013 7:46 AM PDT

Hi Randy,

I have shared your comments with the appropriate product managers for investigation, and we sincerely apologize for the difficulty you have encountered.

I've also created a support ticket for you so we can gather more information and better keep track of this issue; you will get an email from us shortly, and can respond to that to provide additional details.

In future, please note that you can reach the support team directly by filling out the form on this page:

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No biggie .. :)
by Randy Bell / May 20, 2013 8:06 AM PDT

No problem, I thought to bring it to your attention after Googling for where to register my suggestion.

I encountered the problem on this my Acer Aspire Notebook running Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, the 64-bit (x64) version. It's not a 'problem' really; I still use Download App for convenience; just thought it would be less intrusive if you didn't default to autostart of Download App with Windows -

and if you insist to keep that as the default setting when the User first installs Download App - then at the least, when Download App upgrades itself via it's own interface -

the upgrade, when it installs, should not overwrite the User's Preferences (Settings). Right now, even if the User has unchecked "Start with Windows" - the upgrade overwrites that without the User being aware, until his next reboot when he gets an unexpected surprise. Happy

The surprise being, Download App opens and starts scanning; while everything else is being loaded at boot time; which slows down the bootup process, and is a minor aggravation to users who don't want that.

So this was just a suggestion, for the 'suggestion box", so to speak. As, I've no doubt that many users would not want Download App starting up and scanning their PC with every single boot-up of Windows. Also, other than to right-click and Exit from the System Tray - there doesn't seem to be a way to STOP the scanning -

The other, more drastic alternative being to use Task Manager to KILL the application. If this Setting is recorded in the Registry, it should be easy to not overwrite the setting when the upgrade installs, IMHO.

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