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CNet / Download.com Wrapping Installers In Bloatware

“At Download.com, page designs have been repeatedly tweaked over the years to push its updater software (now called TechTracker), TrialPay offers, and the site’s mailing list. Bothersome, perhaps, but certainly not inexcusable.

They’ve got to make money off the site somehow, after all, and banner ads don’t always do the job. Now, things have taken a turn for the worse: Cnet has begun wrapping downloads in a proprietary installer.

Wrapping installers is a terrible practice. For one thing, it can be a violation of a program’s distribution terms — but Download.com has no doubt ensured that its TOS states that if you let them mirror your files you’re giving them free reign.

It’s also a serious slap in the face to users, who wind up not with a clean, genuine version of the installer they tried to download but a modified beast that shoves toolbars, home page, and default search engines changes down their throats.”

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