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I'm a very happy, fully satisfied and LONG-time ESET Nod32 anti-virus user.
That said, I just tried several times to download, install and try out
the free Tech Tracker software I've been seeing so much font about and
see for myself how it compares to AVG's Linkscanner, Mcafee and WOT.
When the download was was nearly done up came an alert and quarantine
from my Nod32 as a "potentially unwanted application". Thank heaven for
Nod32!!! Same hidden stuff - the Win32/OpenCandy adware- in CNET's installer going back to Feb. They're STILL adding (covertly I might add) stuff to their downloads here.
Matter of fact, you CNET
have had the monopoly for all Internet downloads. Lucky you.
Personally, when I am at a site and am buying something or downloading
something from them and I hit the DOWNLOAD button I am now being
redirected to your download site which is infested and contaminated with
all kinds of goodies in your installers unbeknownst to 90% of your
basic "casual home user" and kids. How very thoughtful of you. NOT.
For a long time downloads from here and several other of the older
established download sites were heralded all over the Internet as "SAFE"
and we all bought it back in the day. We paid for it too as the
average home user knew nothing about such sneaky and stealthy
practices. We got hijacked, spied on, tracked, viruses, trojans,
toolbars we did not ask for, info. stolen, addy books stolen, spammed to
death, you name it. All sorts of nasty surprises and we were
clueless. Naive as a newborn.
Well, guess what? Supposedly CNET made efforts (after the fact) to
"clear up" this whole OpenCandy issue. Newsflash CNET: It isn't
cleared up. PLUS, we have a new ongoing problem. A mighty big one at
the called: Win32/InstallCore.D.
Ever since CNET redid this site, no matter what I download from here
Nod32 quarantines it because of this new crud you're stuffing into your
installer. Now, I happen to be lucky because of my Top-Of-The-Line
anti-virus but what about the poor people out there unknowingly receiving these
dangerous Potentially Unwanted Applications? Not very nice CNET nor
fair. Your Sneaky Stealthy Stuff STINKS. Please stop it. Not nice at all.
And I'm pretty angry about this. I've got 30 of your cruddy
contaminated download quarantined and I'll be more than delighted to
post them in Facebook, here and wherever else you like for maximum
exposure and for you to "explain it away" and "clear it all up" just like the
At this point, I cannot download anything because no matter where I am I unwillingly
get redirected to you and KNOW that the download is not going to come
out clean. I think we all have a right to demand an apology, your
promise to stop this wanton reckless wicked practice AND a full, I
repeat, full explanation.
Is there any place at all on the Internet where one can get a totally clean download? Me thinks not.