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In the past, downloading software programs was never an issue or concerned with something else being installed. This is now a problem. I'm finding that programs being installed contain things I don't want. Even if I select the options of NO, it still gets installed.
This has lead to malware, adware & other programs that should not have been installed.

Have a simple way for us to flag this when it occurs

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Don't know what you downloaded but...
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We apologize for any inconvenience here.

Many software titles on our site do include additional, optional third party offers, which may be presented in the Download.com Installer, and/or in individual software publishers' own installers.

All such offers must conform with our security policies prohibiting malware, and must also provide a working method to decline or opt-out of them during the download.

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