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Since our website is a free service for both software publishers and site users, we do depend heavily upon advertising revenue in order to sustain our business.
One of the more frequent complaints we receive is that some advertisements make it difficult to locate the actual download link for the file on Download.com. As we evolve and revise our guidelines for advertisers and work on tweaking our page designs, this issue will certainly be taken into consideration.
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I am concerned about wrapping adware and malware in downloads from what I would have thought was among the most trustworthy sites on the web, Cnet.
The Downloads section has been (obviously deliberately) made more and more confusing to trick users into downloading junk they don't want.
But lately users have found ad/malware, and there is a warning and call to boycott download.com.
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I, for one, would like some reassurances, and CHANGED POLICIES, from Cnet.