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Has anyone encountered this problem before? I am running Firefox 53.0.3 (32 bit) on Windows 8.1. I wanted to come to cnet download from a google link and my screen was blocked and I was redirected to a webpage with this address.

chrome://ublock0/content/document-blocked.html?details=eyJ1cmwiOiJodHRwOi8vZG93bmxvYWQuY25ldC5jb20vUmVjdXZhLzMwMDAtMjI0Ml80LTEwNzUzMjg3Lmh0bWwiLCJobiI6ImRvd25sb2FkLmNuZXQuY29tIiwiZG4iOiJjbmV0LmNvbSIsImZjIjoiYzBcdTAwMGIuXHUwMDBiZG93bmxvYWQuY25ldC5jb20iLCJmcyI6Inx8ZG93bmxvYWQuY25ldC5jb21eJGRvY3VtZW50In0=

Is this because of a setting on my Firefox?
Thank you for your help.

Jay

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Or it's trying to save you from a bad experience.
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Hi Jay.

This is a known issue -- the uBlock Origin extension completely blocks access to our site. However, you can set an exception within the extension to enable access. It should give you the option to temporarily or permanently "disable strict blocking for download.cnet.com."

The article R. Proffitt linked to was published in 2015. At that time, we used what was called the Download.com Installer (also sometimes called the CNET Installer), which did show offers for additional, optional applications while downloading one's chosen software.

We retired the Download.com Installer in February 2016, and it has not been used anywhere on our site since that time.

Some individual software publishers do still include optional, additional offers in their own install wizards, but this is not behavior specific to our site; rather, it is at the discretion of the individual software publishers. Our listing policies state that all such offers must be clearly disclosed and must provide a working method to decline or opt-out of them before proceeding with the installation of your chosen software. Any products found to be in violation of this policy are removed and their publishers notified.

If you would like to contact our support team directly at any time in future, please feel free to use the contact form here:

http://download.cnet.com/support/contact/

You can also click the "Download Help Center" link at the very bottom of any Download.com web page to get to our FAQ section, and you will find our contact link at the bottom of the FAQ page.

Regards,
Jen
Download.com Support

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Also, use "custom install" when you can.

This gives an option to decline "extras".
Dafydd.

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Jen

You messed up my PC more than a few times. Download.com lost me and a lot of folk over this.

I tried download.com but after your turn to the dark side, and the pain it caused so many, is there a current article showing Download.com is back without the malware?

I will not debate if that was malware. That's a fact, like Climate Change.

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Good job there's Ninite Bob.

That's where we go.
Dafydd.

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