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Safe Download Site?

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    Safe Download Site?


    Since CNet stung me with tenacious Adware installed with no notice or opportunity to refuse I now fear all software collection download websites. But, some programs (e.g. Unlocker) redirect you to these. Is there a safe/adware/malwarefree download website anymore?

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    download.com as far as I can tell is bug free. But adding urls to posts in here seems to be taboo. I have just had a thread removed.
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    I think download.com is CNet. It did awful things to my computer and a friend's.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    FileHippo.com - Download Free Software is or was trustworthy.

    They have older versions of software too.

    edit---

    It pays to pay careful attention when downloading or installing software.

    I click on the "Advanced" button in an installer because they hide unwanted crap there often.

    It's like installing Flash.
    You need to un-tick the box that says "Install Chrome", if you don't want it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamjim View Post
    I think download.com is CNet. It did awful things to my computer and a friend's.
    Then you need to do a custom install, that way you can untick anything that is added by either third party or manufacturer.
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Ninite is safe. https://ninite.com/

    Read here about the details.
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    Ninite: I'm giving it a trial, it downloaded a couple of items I thought I had, and it said that some did not require their help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elbmek View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by iamjim View Post
    I think download.com is CNet. It did awful things to my computer and a friend's.
    Then you need to do a custom install, that way you can untick anything that is added by either third party or manufacturer.
    I'm well aware of the uncheck issue. The incident with CNet I refer to it did not provide a decline box, it just silently installed an intractable piece of junk.
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    I dont doubt it, sorry. I have AVG and it stops stuff like that but I always untick everything I can find.
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