This site was top notch for over a decade; it was extremely reliable and resourceful. It was my go to site for years; I would tell all my less savvy users to use download.com because they wouldn't get stuck with all the useless toolbars, lame add-ons, and sneaky infected files that plagued similar sites.
It has fallen so far very quickly. All the extra crap software tacked on to one download is insulting, aggravating, and underhanded. The less savvy users and people who are technically challenged who have relied on this site are the most cheated as they have no knowledge or defense against this leopard that has changed it spots.
Shame on you CNET.
What happened to ad/spam free software? I've been using download.cnet.com for a long time (actually, back when it was just download.com.) For years I'd use c|net download area, because I liked that they said the software posted on the site was safe (and provided good links (not misdirects.)) I also like to see what other have to say about the programs, and the actual c|net reviewers give a perspective I admire. I needed a simple program to rename some files, so I downloaded 3 programs to evaluate (being exceptionally careful to uncheck any "additional download items.") After the installs, there were two additional programs installed. One, a gaming program, was a simple, straightforward removal. The other one however, isn't so friendly. WaJam has wormed its way into my nice and clean Chrome browser. Thanks for nothing c|net. Just like with so many other things, I guess c|net has decided that simple things like additional software downloads won't really bother their target market (as long as c|net was making a fractional cent off the deal.) Are you so desperate for revenue that you need the couple half cents per download to exist? Please don't tell me that it is the responsibility of the software designers to ensure their software is free of incidentals, and that you have no way of holding them accountable. How about a stringent personal verification system, combined with a zero tolerance policy for a software publisher that violates the policy? Anyone that knows anything regarding software publishing (for a living), knows that failure to be posted on c|net means an exceptionally difficult road to profit. Not to worry, I'm sure no one would notice you lack of concern for your followers. BTW: It's an amazing coincidence in the country of origin of both c|net and WaJam. I mean, when I envision cutting edge, I'm always thinking of America's top hat.