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Thank you for your feedback.

We have shared your comments with the appropriate site managers, and we apologize for any inconvenience you have experienced.

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

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

All offers, whether included in the Download.com Installer or in individual publishers' installers, 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. You are never required to accept any offers in order to complete a download, but you will want to keep a close eye out to be sure you see and have a chance to select the decline or opt-out option for any third party offers you do not want.

Although you cannot avoid using a software publisher's own installer when downloading their program, if you prefer not to use the Download.com Installer, you can simply click the Direct Download Link that is provided on all Installer Enabled product pages.

Read more about that option here:

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For more detailed information on the Download.com Installer, please visit the following resource:

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If you have any trouble uninstalling unwanted applications from your machine's Control Panel, we recommend using one of the programs listed in our uninstaller software category:

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You will then want to remove or disable any unwanted add-ons or extensions from your browsers, and may need to reset your search and/or home pages as well.

If you need any further assistance with these steps, please see the following page for additional instructions:

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Regards,
Jen
Download.com Support

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Face Palm

So how do you explain the article Jen?

Care to elaborate? Do you feel Download.Com is providing a good service to the average customer?

Your thoughts please.

Or am I talking to a bot?

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I think she's a real person, but...

...this is the same old drivel she posts to every poor soul who's fallen victim to download.com. It's a shame, but this is CBS' policy and they've said they simply aren't going to change. Makes you wonder doesn't it. Sad

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Hey, this is old news

it's all over the net .I disagree with the poor souls viewpoint as everyone has a choice to download or not.
If you don't want the Dware, go to the source and than be careful to read the fine print too.
What do folks really need that MS doesn't supply or doesn't offer to sell you without the bloat?
Buy it and be safe, or get it for free and forever regret it.
One way or the other, you're gonna pay.

Digger

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Thanks...

...for not really helping there.

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The implication of your post, Digger...

...is that nobody should download any free software. Would you include Linux, AVG, Avast, Picasa, LibreOffice, Adobe Acrobat reader, backup software many of us have posted about, Classic Shell, Belarc Advisor, Adware Cleaner, Firefox, Chrome, Windows Live Essentials, etc. etc. in your opinion? I don't think so, but that's the implication of your post.
While it's true that the problems with download.com are all over the net, it's also true that (1) a lot of folks (me included) had to find out about this the hard way when they made this change, and (2) by your logic would it be OK for me to put broken bottles and nails in a road as long as it's documented on the net? There's always going to be some who don't get the word because for years download.com had a great reputation for being a totally safe place to download from, then suddenly there was a change before it got documented "all over the net". I was among the first to get hit. When the original victims started posting about it, not even the staff here at the CNET forums knew about it. Even if 99% of the population knew about this shady practice, it's still very sleazy policy to booby trap that other 1% so they can make a few extra bucks.

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I'm not saying

it isn't sleazy . And I'm not saying it's ok for you to put broken glass in the street for folks to run over .
You don't own the road so it's illegal to do that ,However you do own your computer and can put whatever you choose to on it.

I didn't say not to use those programs at all, I said to download them from the source and even then read the fine print as you still get offers for Dware.
And yes, it is all over the net , even at Download .com's own feedback site .

We were'nt talking about Operating Systems like Linux so I don't even know where that came from.

Digger

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"Buy it and be safe, or get it for free & forever regret it"

That's where it came from. You mentioned Microsoft in that post as well. While MS does send out bloated software that's not often bug free, they don't put malware in their products like download.com does.

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Maybe a little overboard there

Whatever Mischief

Digger

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Followup to last weeks article! Much much worse!
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Ninite looks cool.

Anybody used it or have opinions on it?
Dafydd.

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Keeps getting worse!
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Keep looking. Lavasoft, Comodo, who else?

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