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Is there a Trojan in CNET's secure downloader?

by econotwist / September 1, 2011 5:15 AM PDT

Hi Folks!
A little while ago CNET introduced is own (alleged) secure downloader.
My A.V, software (ESET NOD32 5) keeps reporting that the downloader contains "a variant of win32 generic trojan"....!?
Anyone else experienced anything like it?
I assume it's a false positive, but before it is confirmed as such, I do not want to take any risk, and will not download anything from this site.
Another thing: The CNET downloader comes with an optional browser toolbar "Babylon." This is being described in other forums as a really annoying bug, once installed almost impossible to remove (some say they can't even locate it on their computers...)
Can someone please shed some light on these things?

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Clarification Request
by econotwist / September 1, 2011 11:06 PM PDT

Thanks to Bob and Carol for pointing out the alternative download, and directing me to the other thread.
And I really understand TWB's comment - this has surprised me, too.
There is not many download sites I trust anymore. CNET was - until now - one of the few. Sad.
However, things are a changing, so I guess we'll just have to live with it.
I have submitted the CNET downloader to the security people at ESET. If I learn something more, I'll keep you posted.

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It you toss this at VirusTotal.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 1, 2011 5:27 AM PDT

You find it called other things. There is more to read about this in the CNET Download.com Forum so I'll defer to that post.

For now, you might see the "direct download" directly underneath the big DOWNLOAD button. Try that.

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In Regard to CNET's Downloader..
by Carol~ Moderator / September 1, 2011 5:32 AM PDT


The below thread at the "Download.com Site Feedback Forum", should shed some (further) light on the subject. Additionally, if you have any comments (or suggestions) you can add them there.

"CNET Installer - Facts, Benefits, Detrements, and Discussion"


Hope it helps..

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I think this will never end
by TWB404 / September 1, 2011 9:12 AM PDT

I am beginning to think this is never going to end. People are in shock with this new policy of CNET using a Secure download wrapper to deliver their download.

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