The Notoriously malicious download.cnet.com (Why I hate download.cnet.com)

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Satchman
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RE: Why I hate download.cnet.com

Post by Satchman » Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:47 am

<quote user="wotblade">
I've just updated my comment on the scorecard for more clarity, so the thumbs up/down are erased. Please read and rate my review:

https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/cnet.com/comment-75812901#comment-75812901

I copied the review here too:

https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/download.com/comment-77597213#comment-77597213
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Thanks WOTBlade!

CNET DESERVES EVERY ONE OF THOSE SUSPICIOUS AND NEGATIVE OBSERVATIONS YOU CITED! 100% true! Rate these scum and scam artists down!

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RE: The Notoriously malicious download.cnet.com (Why I hate down

Post by Satchman » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:20 am

This is an interesting article. Although dated, it points out many of Cnets potentially illegal tactics and compromises of computer safety! It really is disgusting what Cnet is doing to its downloads, and its users:

http://seclists.org/nmap-announce/2011/5

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RE: The Notoriously malicious download.cnet.com (Why I hate down

Post by Satchman » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:25 am

Here is another article that claims Cnet is lying about their motivations behind the downloads! The company that millions once respected ten years ago for downloads, is no longer trustworthy! The download section of Cnet needs to be blacklisted:

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/93504-download-com-wraps-downloads-in-bloatware-lies-about-motivations

Here is also my updated WOT comment scorecard for Cnet's download section:

https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/download.cnet.com/comment-77520713#comment-77520713

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RE: The Notoriously malicious download.cnet.com (Why I hate down

Post by Satchman » Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:47 pm

Here's another Cnet forum, with customers' complaints about the embedded malware. Some of the comments are more current. Cnet is still making excuses, and not taking responsibility for the infested malware at the download section of their site:

http://forums.cnet.com/7723-12543_102-582307/safe-downloads-cnet-com-sorry-but-not-anymore/

Thanks for doing your part WOT users, by rating down the Trustworthiness of Cnet.net.

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RE: The Notoriously malicious download.cnet.com (Why I hate down

Post by the_f18hornet » Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:45 pm

Funny Enough, Looking at the [url=https://cbsi.secure.force.com/CBSi/articles/FAQ/CBS-Interactive--Terms-of-Use?retURL=%2FCBSi%2Fapex%2Fknowledgehome%3Freferer%3DmobileTerms.com&popup=false&categories=CBS_Interactive%3AmTOU&template=template_mobileTerms&referer=mobileTerms.com t=_self]CBSi Terms of Use[/url], It is a violation of their policy to "• Transmit files that contain viruses, spyware, adware, or other harmful code;" (Finger point ---> Cnet). The owner of Cnet Is violating the CBSi ToU unless given permission. If CBSi is asking cnet to do this, then this is now both Cnet's fault and CBSi's fault. I never liked their TV show anyway; they may be doing this to earn money, because adware is really profitable.

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RE: The Notoriously malicious download.cnet.com (Why I hate down

Post by Satchman » Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:51 pm

<quote user="the_f18hornet">
Funny Enough, Looking at the [url=https://cbsi.secure.force.com/CBSi/articles/FAQ/CBS-Interactive--Terms-of-Use?retURL=%2FCBSi%2Fapex%2Fknowledgehome%3Freferer%3DmobileTerms.com&popup=false&categories=CBS_Interactive%3AmTOU&template=template_mobileTerms&referer=mobileTerms.com t=_self]CBSi Terms of Use[/url], It is a violation of their policy to "• Transmit files that contain viruses, spyware, adware, or other harmful code;" (Finger point ---> Cnet). The owner of Cnet Is violating the CBSi ToU unless given permission. If CBSi is asking cnet to do this, then this is now both Cnet's fault and CBSi's fault. I never liked their TV show anyway; they may be doing this to earn money, because adware is really profitable.
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I am not a lawyer, but isn't Cnet violating the law by distributing malware in their downloads like this?

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RE: The Notoriously malicious download.cnet.com (Why I hate down

Post by Satchman » Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:56 pm

Here is another more recent article about a problem that a customer had at Cnet's download site:

http://agonist.org/warning-cnet-downloader-installs-nasty-malware-without-permission/

Both Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detected the malware according to the article.

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RE: The Notoriously malicious download.cnet.com (Why I hate down

Post by Fritz2200 » Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:25 pm

<quote user="satchman">
I am not a lawyer, but isn't Cnet violating the law by distributing malware in their downloads like this?

Satch
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There's no law that says you have to follow your own rules.

I would suspect a variety of civil cases against CBSi could be successful and perhaps even criminal charges if companies like these weren't so interconnected with the U.S. government and other governments.

Don't forget that recent legislation that was tabled is attempting to limit the first amendment of the U.S. constitution to companies such as CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox in the scope of journalism.

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RE: The Notoriously malicious download.cnet.com (Why I hate down

Post by Satchman » Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:28 am

This is another article about Cnet download's malware. It talks about possible legal action:

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/CNET-CBS-Malware-Trojan-Nmap,news-13410.html

I wish I could find more articles about this that are more current.

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RE: The Notoriously malicious download.cnet.com (Why I hate down

Post by Guest » Sat Apr 12, 2014 5:31 pm

I've never had issues with CNET... just never use their download manager.

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