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Is it safe now to download from CNET?

by goodell70 / June 1, 2013 2:41 AM PDT

The last time (several months ago) that I downloaded and installed something from CNET, it changed my search bar to something strange, which I had an awful time trying to get rid of. I read that CNET's new management was allowing its downloaded products to do this, and so I have been afraid to download anything again. My question is, is it safe now to download and install something from CNET - for example, the newly announced Glary utilities? Thank you.

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I've never had any problems
by itsdigger / June 1, 2013 3:05 AM PDT

with C/net downloads. You just need to pay attention to what your options are. Un-check the extra add-ons that you don't want or you can always Google Glary Utilities and download it right from the source.

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Thank you.
by goodell70 / June 2, 2013 7:41 AM PDT

Thank you. I am so disappointed that they would put people in anyway at risk.

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If you avoid the CNET downloader or installer, yes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 1, 2013 3:29 AM PDT

Sorry but I've tested this a few times and you can't just say no any longer to the add ons. Sweetpacks installed even when I opted out.

The Direct Downloads are OK so far.

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Thank you.
by goodell70 / June 2, 2013 7:42 AM PDT

I am just so disappointed that they would put people in any way at risk.

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There was no trojan at least.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 3, 2013 7:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Thank you.
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NO, it is not safe to download from CNET
by yorba / June 3, 2013 7:05 AM PDT

I just downloaded a pdf printer program today, 6-3-2013. CNET started installing it's own Download Manager first without a clear way of getting out of it. I DID uncheck all of the garbage that followed, the garbage Ask Toolbar, and a couple of other things that popped up. The next thing I knew I had this SweetPack Trojan/virus installed on my system. It installed on every browser, and removed the link to whatever Home page was set. Opening the browser took me to the SweetPack ad page with rotating phones asking how many phones were rotating. Nice!! NOT!!! Windows 7, I went into Control Panel and Removed the program. I then looked in Program Files, and there it was, Sweetpacks Updater, which would not allow to be deleted as it was In Use.

Being computer savvy, I went into Regedit and searched for and deleted all Keys related to "Sweet", rebooted, and was able to delete that last vestige of the program. All is well now on my computer. If you download from CNET, I hope you have the computer knowledge to do the same.

Is it safe to download from CNET? I'm thinking NOT, at least as long as they allow Trojans on their download site.

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I downloaded YouTube Downloader--got a Trojan
by jmarkross / September 5, 2013 2:59 AM PDT

I downloaded You Tube Downloader on 9-5-13--and got a Trojan.
There are NO safe places to download anything anymore on the www.

Fortunately--I have very extensive virus protection--and it was detected and stopped.

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