Download's damage control
December 7th, 2011 6:24pm
I recently downloaded an app from CNet and later found another/better source that wasn't fucked with.
It was named something like:
CNet_appname_exe.exe and had a funny icon. It was the same file size as the other program I eventually found & downloaded from another source.
Fudging the filesize was mentioned elsewhere. Who would care apart form the guy who supplied the original?
December 7th, 2011 6:43pm
At least they have re-enabled the direct download link for non-registered users so that those people who understand the difference can avoid the wrapper.
I still think it's distasteful to pray on the ignorance of users, as all these wrappers and toolbars do, but that is how they get paid.
December 7th, 2011 6:44pm
Someone should write an unwrapper and/or build it into AV.
I wonder how hard that would be.
December 7th, 2011 6:48pm
AV software should just warn you that download.com distributes malware.
December 7th, 2011 7:11pm