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Don't download anything from http://en.softonic.com/

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    Don't download anything from http://en.softonic.com/


    The Free software downloads and reviews - Softonic is serving up malware, which is located in the "Softronic Download" stub that is downloaded prior to getting the software you want.

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    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    So true, have stopped using them a long time ago.
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    My buddy at work was trying to download VDownloader and he inadvertently clicked on this link and the download stub was loaded with a trojan that reset his DNS servers. Symantec is now detecting this trojan but some others may not detect this particular variant yet...
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    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Softpedia and MajorGeeks are about the only two I trust anymore. Still have to watch closely for search bar and such crap in the installers but those sites even tell you when there may some of that.
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    I've seen malware from those sites as well, so as you say... watch closely!
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    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    For every parasite, there is a host spawning it! If you do not want to pick up these adware parasites, check out the advice and downloads discussed below, and you will be able to use download sites with much less chance of picking up nasty little infections:
    Let me google that for you


    I used LMGTFY instead of a direct link to take you there for genuine reasons.
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    Posts : 205
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Softpedia and MajorGeeks are about the only two I trust anymore. Still have to watch closely for search bar and such crap in the installers but those sites even tell you when there may some of that.
    I've never had a problem with Tucows. As for program downloads, I try to go to the author's site.
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