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Piggie back software from downloads

by jamesr. / May 14, 2013 8:35 PM PDT

adds adware and is a pain in the neck. some of that i got is infected with malware. its a sad deal for me i always came to for its software. but now its a pain to deal with add on software. wish they just removed all add on software.

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by CNETSupport / May 15, 2013 6:51 AM PDT

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You know, this would all be great if it was true.
by heidiquinn / May 31, 2013 1:57 AM PDT

I have trusted Cnet for over 10 years, and loved it. Now I can't even get CCleaner without about 10 additional hijacks or adware, no matter what options selected. And why so many uninstaller options for your users?
You know where I can get a clean download? ZDNet.

See ya, Cnet.

Heidi Quinn

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Correction to Post about CCleaner above.
by heidiquinn / May 31, 2013 9:36 AM PDT

The software was Advanced System Care, not CCleaner as I stated. CCleaner remains clean, But just for fun, here is what you get with Iobit software for Advanced System Care without an option to decline:
1. Iobit Apps toolbar by "Spigot".
2. Your search engine defaults to Yahoo, with search settings alerts of any attempts to change it.
3. Also installs of adware programs "Savings Slider, domain error asst, E-bay shopping "assistant", Amazon shopping assistant, Savings slider adware when visiting shopping sites.
4. AND for extra fun, you will get your homepage and start-up options changed to Yahoo.
OR, you could download the same program from ZDNet and it is clean.
Has Robert Murdoch who bought Cnet issued a memo or something? What the hell happened to you guys?

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You wasted my time
by graxspoo / November 4, 2013 3:37 PM PST

I just spent a half hour figuring out why Flash was showing up on every web page, figuring out how to de-install the malware your installer foisted on me, then worrying that my credit card information and site passwords had been compromised and researching said malware until I finally realized when it must have gotten installed.


I will never Never NEVER download anything from CNET again as long as this policy is in place. I trusted CNET and often visited CNET sites and read CNET articles, but now I know you guys are just a bunch of sleezebags. It's a shame. Maybe you got a new CEO or maybe he's been smoking crack with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Whatever the reason, the **** has got to be made right ASAP or you guys are in the toilet.

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Piggy-back is a HUGE disservice to your loyal customers.
by Warlocks77 / May 27, 2013 3:08 PM PDT

Piggy-back is a HUGE disservice to your loyal customers.

I am withdrawing from all things CNET. I just thought I would take a flyer on the software you advertised that would increase my typing skills. Little did I know how many landmines were in the path you laid out for me. And the blatant trickery involved is downright embarrassing for you.

First you say that the "recommended" path would involve changing my homepage, search engine, etc...... And only "ADVANCED USERS" can be trusted to bypass downloading this bloatware. Second; I am enticed to download "REAL Something or Other" which is presented in such a way that You hardly believe I don't want it. Third: you put up this bright green lettered and bordered box to "ACCEPT" and then in very faint grey is a much smaller box in which is written in very small letters "decline".

The whole time I am asking myself "What in the hell happened to CNET?? These just can't be the same people that built a site that I loyally read and followed their recommendations."

Other thoughts flooded in, such as: "I used to trust these people to steer me clear of B.S. software and now they are involved in this kind of CRAPOLA!!".

Please, Back Up, Be the Site that landed people's loyalty and caused people like me to feel good turning others onto your site. Do NOT run this site into the ground!!

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