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Why does Cnet offer the download of ilivid?

by Nidepengyou / February 10, 2013 11:52 PM PST

Perhaps I've misunderstood the purpose of Cnet, but I have regarded it as a trusted site whenever I'm not sure if something is safe to download, etc. I'm rather tech-impaired and therefore I have to be extra careful and thus I often have questions. But I'm often afraid that some sites that offer advice might be just as bad as the unsafe sites I'm trying to protect myself from. Whenever I see the answer to a question I google from Cnet, then I click on it. However, I just noticed that Cnet offers downloads of ilivid--which is, by many, many accounts extremely malicious and unsafe. So, now my confidence in Cnet is shaken--can I have a good explanation why Cnet would support ilivid? Please restore my confidence!

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Seems safe. BUT
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 10, 2013 11:56 PM PST
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Seems safe. BUT
by Nidepengyou / February 11, 2013 4:28 AM PST
In reply to: Seems safe. BUT

Thanks for answering!
<div> Actually, when just looking again, I noticed that the Cnet page I was looking at was a USER review and the one very positive review was NOT from Cnet and that, in fact, Cnet DOES have a warning about it: http://download.cnet.com/iLivid-Download-Manager/3000-2071_4-12735286.html

One thing for sure is that it's very hard to get it off your computer once it's downloaded, and that's a serious breach of ethics, to my mind. There are all kinds of reports on the internet of people desperately asking how to get rid of it and others supplying all kinds of complicated solutions on how to do so.
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Actually, uninstall is not a sure thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 11, 2013 4:49 AM PST
In reply to: Seems safe. BUT

Do you remember 1995 when uninstall started to show up? Even today, uninstall is not mandated in order to publish your apps.

The app in question looks to be un-useful. I can't see why I'd try it or one like it.
Bob

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