Annoying Malware

I've seen one thread regarding this but that was from two years ago. I'm starting a new one today. I was in need of a ISO to USB software. Being in a low budge dept. I looked to see what CNET had to offer in the way of 'free'. I loaded Free ISO to USB (I think was the name). Clicked the dowlonad and went through several screens accepting (to my stupidity). I did not see that any of them were other software. Midway through the load Malwarebytes caught files that were malware and I stopped the download and found 4 software items loaded without my knowledge; I ran full Malwarebytes scan and it found 37 pups. I was able to remove them and the unwanted software. I did not have any infections before this download as our organization pushes Malwarebytes scans daily. Thank goodness for Malwarebytes. I will not be using CNET again.

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We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience here.

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All products on are downloaded, installed, and scanned for viruses and malware before being published in our library.

Many software titles on our site do use the Installer, which securely delivers software from's servers to your computer. During this process, the Installer also shows offers for additional, free applications provided by our partners. Some individual software publishers include such offers in their own installers too.

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the price for free software

usually this programs for free come with extra things that you need to uncheck, otherwise you will be filling up your computer with trash and sometimes threats that can infect your computer.

remember to run your antivirus scan after any installation of any program, especially for free.

I usually use avast at boot and it does a great work but you can also use malwarebytes that does impeccable work too.

and the best tool to clean the browser if they have been highjack is adwclear.
remember to go into the run and type msconfig and disable all start up programs and make sure the antivirus is the only one running

and all the time remember too update your data base to make sure you have the latest virus threats

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