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by wdmiller / March 28, 2013 10:17 PM PDT

CNET has been my trusted site for information and download for many years. I was an early customer and use it every day. I recently used to install some new Windows software on my PC. I was asked to install your new ad supported downloader, which I did because I trust CNET. It installed a product called "FunMoods" on my PC, I believe without my permission and it hijacked my browser, changed my home page and will NOT uninstall from my PC. It is malware pure and simple and according to the searches I've done, comes from CNET itself. Many people are angry about this because you are such a trusted site. I hope this is something CNET is not aware of, or maybe I am misinformed, but my PC is a mess right now.

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Over in the download forum
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 29, 2013 2:09 AM PDT

You see a lot about this topic.

Try as I might, I've yet to find such install when I uncheck all the boxes. It's well known the boxes are checked and we must uncheck them and you can always opt for the direct download as well.

If you find a download that really does this, I'll try it and see but so far I've done this dozens of times and not once did it install anything extra when I unchecked or opted out. shows the screen and if you don't uncheck those boxes, it installs.

I will not enter into any debate that it is or is not a virus.

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by wdmiller / March 31, 2013 6:35 AM PDT

Thanks for your reply. I'm not sure what the definition of malware is, but I'll tell you, the funmoods item would not uninstall without a lot of work including registry changes.

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Malware from
by Timster1984 / June 7, 2015 8:41 PM PDT

I have a friend who downloaded winwar from and her system was infected with malware so severe that she had to take her laptop in and get the pros to dig it out.

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Update. I have yet to successfully avoid the add ons.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 8, 2015 10:12 AM PDT

Unless I use direct downloads. But my reply above is now out of date. The update is now that I can't avoid add ons from the downloader. Not that this helps anyone.

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