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OK, live and learn. Now that a strange program popped up this morning trying to sell me on a cloud storage service, I've gone back and read the C|NET fine print and I now "get it" what happened. I am wondering what else was installed. Does the C|NET download.com installer ever package more than one additional program with your download?
Being on Mac, I can easily look at Applications in list view and sort by Date Added to see the trojan in there at the same time yesterday that I downloaded the desired program, CyberDuck. Is it possible other files were installed in other locations other than the Applications folder?
Or can I assume they only install in the Apps folder and I've caught the one uninvited guest?