I've switched to tucows.com for my downloads. Like you I've been using download.com for years and recommending it to my students, but no more. A couple of weeks ago I was showing my Internet class how to download Skype, and got all wrapped up in their "other stuff". I'm sure disappointed.
Thank goodness the CNET staff in these forums is still first class. I hope that doesn't change.
In the past I have enjoyed downloading software from CNET. Not any longer.
This morning I attempted to install SpeedFan which is a program I have used for a long time and the installation program CNET uses ended up installing several unwanted items, such as games and monitoring programs, which I do not want. I just wanted Speedfan.
Then I tried to download another program which monitors your CPU giving you performance and heat data. Again the download program CNET uses caused several unwanted programs to install, including the games and the monitoring software and even something called YooToo or something like that which is an Yahoo add-on thing.
I clicked both the SKIP and the DECLINE options when trying to install the CPU monitoring software and SpeedFan and these programs installed even when I didn't ask for htem.
Therefore since CNET feels the need to cram game programs and monitoring software down our throats during the installation of a program we want...I am no longer going to use CNET's services to download programs.
Thanks for being irritating...thanks for losing a customer.