CNET Downloads is not currently experiencing a significant outage, but such issues can be caused by a number of factors, including:
1.) Your internet connection. Depending on its speed, location of origin, etc, your browser and/or the website may give up before the connection is made. Use speedtest.net or a similar service to gauge your internet connection's performance.
2.) Your security software. Sometimes the protection mistakenly flags legitimate websites/content as dangerous and blocks them without warning. If your security software offers website and/or download protection, add the site to the whitelist or try momentarily disabling the protection.
3.) Your HOSTS file. If you use a custom HOSTS file, it could contain a rule that tells your browse the website and download are located on your computer or a random third party. If you didn't explicitly customize/replace your HOSTS file, you can usually safely ignore this one.
4.) Your download manager. If you use a third-party download manager, it could be malfunctioning. Try letting the browser manage the download instead as some have known faults while downloading content from CNET.
Try the above and let us know if the problem persists.
I am running a 32-bi windows xp pro.From some days,i am unable to download any software from download.com.When i click on the download link,after some time,it either says 'Cannot find server at software-files-i.cnet.com' or 'Connection Timed out.The server at software-files--i.cnet.com is taking too long to respond'.I tried on both firefox as well as on internet explorer 8. .This is only happening with this site;i am able to download from other sites.