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cnet downloads installing unwanted apps on my pc

by mhoelzel142 / February 1, 2014 8:34 PM PST

So I consider myself pretty computer savvy. I know to always click "custom install" and uncheck all of the sponsored s*** that programs want you to install. So I recently downloaded a few different programs from this website, and I've never had issues in the past, but ever since they started this "cnet installer" thing, I've had nothing but problems.

3 different programs I installed, I unchecked the conduit search bar, accepted the terms and conditons for ONLY the programs I was intending to install, and after the install (which should have only been the program I was intending to install), anywhere from 2 to 5 new programs appear, including mypcbackup and savesense. It's not much trouble to uninstall them, but just the idea that I should have to go through the trouble when I declined the license agreements upon installation in the first place is a bit irritating.

Also, I had to sign up for cnet to post this to the forums, and the only way to sign up was to accept their terms and conditions, privacy policy, AND to agree to subscribe to their email list. What happened to cnet? Years ago they were a very respectable website, now it seems that they've sold out to just about anyone who'll pay them a few bucks to advertise their garbage.

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