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Jack 1000

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Question About Cnet.net?
« on: September 28, 2011, 11:20:50 AM »
Greetings,

Do you have to take a toolbar, when you download and install software from Cnet, now?  If so, can it be uninstalled?  Thanks for your help!

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Re: Question About Cnet.net?
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2011, 11:42:14 AM »
You shouldn't have to accept the toolbar but the better option is to not use cnet anymore, use filehippo, fileforum, softpedia or majorgeeks.

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Re: Question About Cnet.net?
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2011, 01:49:19 PM »
No CNET here anymore...  >:(
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Re: Question About Cnet.net?
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2011, 02:04:20 PM »
You shouldn't have to accept the toolbar but the better option is to not use cnet anymore, use filehippo, fileforum, softpedia or majorgeeks.

I like Major Geeks.  Just avoid the occasional Google Banner Ads, and you should be fine at that site.

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Re: Question About Cnet.net?
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2011, 05:24:09 PM »
If you want to still use Cnet, but don't want the cute little "secure downloader", there is a way around it, if you have a Cnet account and are logged in, there will be a direct download link right below the usual big green "download now" button, this will give you the normal installer for the software. 

You know, I tried the "secure downloader"(toolbar installer), just to see what I would get, and it simply failed for me, every time I tried it, the little GUI for the installer just froze up.  So apart from the workaround of signing in, Cnet has not forced toolbars on me, they have banished me from downloading any software that is wrapped with their cute little adware.  Good job, Cnet  ::) ;D

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Re: Question About Cnet.net?
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2011, 05:38:25 PM »
You can turn to other websites to download your software ;)

http://www.filehippo.com/
http://www.softpedia.com/

Anyone know why CNET became like this?

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Re: Question About Cnet.net?
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2011, 05:43:54 PM »
Anyone know why CNET became like this?

Money.
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Re: Question About Cnet.net?
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2011, 06:19:58 PM »
They are owned by CBS, a TV network corporation. 

TV networks in the states are floundering right now, advertising dollars have dropped off quite a bit, with things on the Web like Netflix and everyone using DVRs to skip commercials, advertisers just dont want to pay as much for their commercial space anymore. 

So the most likely scenario I see (just guesswork) is CBS forcing its smaller holdings like Cnet to generate more revenue to support its losses elsewhere, and this is the best way Cnet came up with to meet that mark.

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Re: Question About Cnet.net?
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2011, 06:22:06 PM »
Thanks for the info guys :)

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Re: Question About Cnet.net?
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2011, 06:24:44 PM »
Thanks for the info guys :)

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Re: Question About Cnet.net?
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2011, 10:40:07 PM »
Guys,

One thing you want to change.  The main download for Avast Avast.com now goes to C-net!!!! UGGHHHH!  Because of that toolbar thing, you should change this to get it from another server that is not bundling Avast's excellent products with adware.  People who now get Avast from your homepage are going to be confused with going to C-Net and getting that toolbar thing:

http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Jack
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Re: Question About Cnet.net?
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2011, 10:49:55 PM »
The main download for Avast Avast.com now goes to C-net!!!!

Luckily not for German speaking users. ;)
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Re: Question About Cnet.net?
« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2011, 02:31:42 PM »
The main download for Avast Avast.com now goes to C-net!!!!
It goes to CNET for me!

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Re: Question About Cnet.net?
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2011, 04:06:07 PM »
The time that it will become interesting is when cnet, put the avast download in its sodding wrapper abd you start getting toolbars, etc. installed (if you aren't alert on the install) and then avast will be blamed for this cnet crapware.

Then I wonder of avast will be so happy to route downloads to cnet.
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Re: Question About Cnet.net?
« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2011, 06:15:11 AM »
The time that it will become interesting is when cnet, put the avast download in its sodding wrapper abd you start getting toolbars, etc. installed (if you aren't alert on the install) and then avast will be blamed for this cnet crapware.

Then I wonder of avast will be so happy to route downloads to cnet.

I agree,

There is concern here.  Why couldn't Avast just route its program download to a download page that is part of Avast Main Site?  Other AV and security companies do it with much success.

Jack