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Worst Downloads of 2010Five lousy downloads from companies that should know better.
Downloads, they're like magic. 24/7 instant access to stuff you used to have to trudge on down to an Egghead store to get. But sometimes the magic is more like a hacks. I'm Brian Cooley with Proof, Top 5 Windows downloads that are real popular, some essential and should all be ashamed to the voodoo, they laid on us in 2010. These are the worst. Number 5, RealDVD. Rarely does a large-ish, respectable software company release pirate ware. But RealNetworks did. RealDVD let you rip your DVDs to your hard drive which is illegal. The court shut this download down and perhaps the worst part is that we got a taste of a really good top tier DVD ripper which in this case was a lot like heroine. Not cool, not legal but we still [unk] for it. Number 4 and number 3, a two for, Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash. These two are like chemo, they are great if they don't kill you first. The security holes in these Adobe products make Internet Explorer look safe. But try to get along on the web without them, yes there are alternatives like the download of the free Nitro PDF Reader, but with Adobe's visibility most folks just download these apps right into the abyss. Number two, iTunes 10 placed high on our list therefore no other reason that when Apple updated this classic piece of [unk] ware we were stunned it was still installed software. And not a web service. And have you seen the stuff that runs on the background when you have iTunes installed? Oh, and then there's the ping feature which had so many people around here scratching their heads. CVS sighted RoGame do our covered medications. Download the free VLC media player when you just wanna play files. Now before we hit the number one dopiest download of 2010 here's a look at the most popular downloads of all time on download.com as we wrap up this year. Four of the five you'll notice are anti-malware titles and the other one is a YouTube downloader. Perfect snapshot of our times. Okay the number 1 lousy download of the year 2010 was McAfee's Security Definition Update from Avira. And unparalleled hash of bad code that [unk] machines all over the place, including at hospitals and police stations. Among other haywire moves, it quarantined one of the most important and universal files that Windows uses to run. How do you get that wrong? It's like a doctor saying not sure what these are but I think they're causing your cough, and he is referring to your lungs. Fixing a [unk] machine wasn't easy in this case because often it wouldn't stay up for more than a minute nor have an internet connection. And McAfee's bedside manner about this mess as it unfolded was enough to make us wanna change doctors. Which we recommended you do. Thanks to download.com's Seff [unk] who oversees the good, the bad and the ugly over there. Very little of it, I'm happy to say belongs on a list like this. I'm Brian Cooley. Thanks for watching.