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P Oct 29, 2013 02:59 PM
PSA: Cnet pushing adware to Mac users
Popular Download Site Distributing Adware for Top Mac Software

TL;DR: Cnet has replaced its download links with links to an installer that changes your browser search engine and homepage and installs 4 Safari extensions to foul up your browsing experience - basically, just what so many people do on Windows. Avoid at all costs.
 
BLAZE_MkIV Oct 29, 2013 03:06 PM
cnet? whos that? :P
 
meador4 Oct 29, 2013 04:45 PM
They ALL Bundle...
Many of the so-called "freeware and shareware" download sites for Windows PCs have been doing this for a long time. It's a a totally pathetic shame that they bundle adware, spyware, and toolbars, etc., which pretty much hijack your browser. I know these sites rely on ads to supplement their revenue, but they should just stick with banners or popups (gasp!) instead of hijacking our PCs. Even us Mac users aren't safe anymore on these once reputable sites. Watch for check-boxes when installing software, so you don't install the bundled malware along with the good stuff.
 
noibs Oct 29, 2013 06:10 PM
There's more...
And the number of tracking cookies that are installed from visiting CNet are crazy high.

It's a slimy place.
 
besson3c Oct 29, 2013 06:29 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by noibs (Post 4254898)
And the number of tracking cookies that are installed from visiting CNet are crazy high.

It's a slimy place.

What are tracking cookies?
 
Titanium Man Oct 29, 2013 09:13 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by noibs (Post 4254898)
And the number of tracking cookies that are installed from visiting CNet are crazy high.
Sites like that are why all three of my main browsers have DoNotTrackMe extensions installed.
 
besson3c Oct 29, 2013 09:27 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Titanium Man (Post 4254928)
Sites like that are why all three of my main browsers have DoNotTrackMe extensions installed.
I would never advise using an extension that can't deliver on its stated purpose.

No website can "tell your browser to contact other companies to obtain your credit card and email address" this is just manipulation.
 
ghporter Oct 29, 2013 10:23 PM
"Back in the day," CNet was a great resource, but it's declined recently. Since I do more casual browsing on my iPad than anything else (and not with Safari), I am not too worried about such adware, but it's troubling that this has become a standard procedure.
 
DCJ001 Oct 30, 2013 01:31 PM
 
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