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CNET Sucks now

OMG Look at this trash mongering, AD-Ware spaming web-site has become. It is time for a new CNET that doesn't have **** all over its hands. You can not even get a download without agree to have thier Ad-based loader. How can you trust them to not be in bed with a lame program source anymore. Look for my new web site to set you free.

~ Happy New Freedom ~

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Cnet Criminals

So, it appears Cnet has gone over to the 'darkside' and compromised its downloads with trashware like conduit without alerting its users. The savvy among us will take a ton of time to remove this malware and never use you again - the breach of trust is nothing short of criminal. The savvy will spread it to all their contacts that Cnet has become a money-grubbing ***** for malware. I feel sorry for those who don't know better yet. I fervently hope some advanced hacker compromises Cnet's site, making Cnet spend all the time its cumulative customers have spent in un-crapping their machines after download to get their cite running again. Better yet if Cnet diappears entirely, and the company be sued for misrepresentation of services, violation of consumer privacy, whatever will croak them for good. Shameless

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Enough trash already

If Cnet was an honest broker, rather than the malware ***** it appear to have become, you would do the right thing:
Rather than have your users have to interpret non-transparent rules and rituals to *keep* from installing malware along with their download, you would:
1. Require your software suppliers (masters?) to get *explicit permission* to install the malware, rather than passive lack of such permission *not* to install it, as is now the case.
2. You would post clear instructions, or require your software partners to do so, on how to remove any and all traces of their malware, and if neglected or inadequate, refuse to host such downloads.

As it is, I'm still struggling to remove the remains of conduit's malware, given that uninstalling the program doesn't nearly do it. As it is, it appears that permanent damage has been done to my system - I can change the default page back from Conduit search to what it was, but it's completely screwed up my system of preferred/most visited sites, which needs to be rebuilt by scratch.

Until you act as honest brokers, whenever I hear Cnet mentioned my reaction will be, "Be afraid. Be very afraid." (And run like hell.)

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CNET has no integrity anymore

I agree. Although you do provide a direct download link, you make it very hard to locate compared to the huge green "DOWNLOAD NOW" button. And although you do make it possible for users to "opt out" of malware, the gray "decline" buttons are not nearly as noticeable as the bright green "ACCEPT" button. And the way it's worded, users are likely to think that when they press "decline" they are declining the installation of the app they wanted, rather than the "special offers".

CNET, if you were honest, you would acknowledge that you are resorting to confusion and deception to trick users into installing malware, and if you had integrity you would stop doing it. Jen's reply above shows that you as a corporate culture are in denial about the severity of the problem.

"CNET" was once a brand that I used to associate with trustworthiness. Now you've ruined it, and unless you publicly acknowledge you have a problem and take steps to fix it, not only will I never again use CNET, I will warn all my friends on Twitter and Facebook and whatever other social media I can think of. Also, since I work for an IT consulting company with hundreds of clients, you can be sure my voice will reach a large number of people.

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A change is needed

granted - they have to find ways to finance Cnet... BUT.... I have done my last "program update" via
cnet due to all the stuff they want to add to my system - If I wanted them I would have loaded
them MYSELF ! it took me better than an hour to uninstall, and then clean up after them, and I
still run into folders etc. that are still left behind in places I didnt think to look the first time.

EVEN tho I had clicked on the " almost invisible" "skip this" note.
that conduit thing is one nasty piece of software.

I now do updates via thier respective home sites and get clean updates.

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Cnet Even Lies About Its Lies!!

I tried 'vote' on Cnet's lame response, trying to rationalize why it isn't peddling malware with its downloads (above). Funny thing is, I voted 'thumbs down', since I think, the Cnet author, "Jen", has written a defense of Cnet practices that doesn't hold any water. It *refuses* to let me vote 'thumbs down' on whether this reply was helpful, telling me there was an 'error' and try to vote again, only that 'error' appears every time. there are 8 'down thumbs' vote, and 0 'upthumbs'. Makes me believe that Cnet sets a limit on how many people can call them out on their lies before they don't let any more 'negative' votes accumulate. 'Voter fraud' - another reason to avoid using or supporting this site in any way. May Cnet die - quickly, please.

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man i feel the pain,

so after rushing through a cnet download because i trusted their reputation in the past i too got slathered in adlware and will have to wipe my comp to be sure no traces of the adware they pushed onto me remain, i can no longer control vital features of my machine and with this breach of trust so too the trust in your security protocols, thus a complete system wipe has become nessecary, to add insult to injury in order to lodge my complaint i was also forced to sign up for their newsletter which undoubtedly involves the distribution of my email address and the personal data associated with it to third parties. using a junk mail account will only partially secure my communications via email but the personal data is still right there for third parties to use as they see fit. so essentially cnet has gone from clean legal p2p network, to a filty adware infested cloneware distributor, bent on squeezing those who once upheld the integrity of cnet for every penny they can by turning the master into the servant just like our corrupt gov't. when all consumer confidence has been burned away by these unsolicited offers and forced data collection, and possibly distribution all the fine print in the world wont keep cnet from total bankruptcy. the ceo's will be kicking their shins once they realize they traded their inheritance for a petty bowl of lentil soup. i dont shame cnet or even feel angry, i can fix this with some minor burdens, but i pity the cnet staff, for the pain they bring upon themselves because the small inconveniences their practices cause spread out over many multiples of consumers will tally up to a bad reputation that will evetually claim cnet unless they change. cnet was built to be a public service first and a for profit organization second, forsaking this is tantamount to social suicide. you ought to come back to your roots if you want to see your profits return and your business healthy again. this kind of fascist behavior is like putting the buisness on meth, sure you get a good boost and a quick high but its killing you every day. one day it will catch up to you all of the sudden and cnet will be in a casket just like every other sellout on the market. let's get it together and you can start by offering a trashware removal system, and swearing not to share information with third parties do this and i'll come back every time and even actually read the newsletter, right now though cnet is less trustworthy than mainstream media and that's saying something. forsaking consumer confidence is the same as forsaking your investors and indeed cnet itself. this needs repair badly, whoever sold you this model was a crook, and an economic drug dealer, stick to focusing on customer satisfaction, and youll see cnet come back to life, otherwise i wouldn't invest a single dime. this is a public outcry and youd be unwise to ignore it if you care about the long term at all.

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Description insists it's scanned for viruses, etc. Just downloaded it and my ZoneAlarm caught 2 viruses.

Thus, NOT securely delivered. Why is Support not tracking constantly ?

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Looks like CNET does suck now

tried to install Free MP4 to AVI Converter, some kind of browser tried to install itself. Tried another app, and a toolbar was installed. Malewarebytes detected and removed a toolbar.Looks like CNET no longer cares. There is supposed to be a report a problem link on the software site, but no more. Shame on you CNET. You have lost my trust.

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