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I just DLed Free PDF Solutions PDF to Word convertor. It hijacked my browser (Chrome) and installed Conduit Search. I declined all offers. It didn't matter. I was hesitant to download anything but I figured CNet would be safe. Clearly CNet is as unsafe as other sites. Now I have a mess on my hands. Conduit is damn hard to get rid of. It's a shame that CNet is no longer a viable source for software any longer. I've read others' posts and this problem is not isolated. I am done with CNet.