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Trusted Websites, Are They Really?


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#1 Mesmerized

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 11:23 PM

Websites like downoad3k.com, download.com, softpedia.com and others offer hundreds of downloads claiming that the products they are servicing have been tested for viruses, spywares, adwares, backdoors etc. But at the same time, some of them make the "report spyware" option available for users. So are their products to be trusted or not? Has anyone here downloaded a software from these websites and which turned out later to be infected by a spyware or worse?

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 02:52 AM

Hi mesmerized.

When downloading anything off the Net, it is up to you to ensure that your personal computer protection is adequate and uptodate.

There are literally hundreds of download sites out there and some are decidedly dodgy. A good first indication is by using SITE ADVISOR or WOT. Reputable sites such as Download.Com, Softpedia, Tucows, MajorGeeks, can generally be trusted to have done their best to ensure that the stuff they host is as safe as can be.

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 04:27 AM

Hello!

Thanks a lot for your answer. It was useful to me :thumbsup: .

Take care

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 07:33 AM

I am a great fan of Downloads.com for several reasons. First they check any candidate for malware before making it available, and second they provide user reviews. While I take the latter with a grain of salt, it does tend to indicate if there are performance or installation problems, or if the product works as advertised or not.
A site that includes a "report spyware" option, assuming action is taken on the reports, seems concerned about providing yet another level of customer safety.
I also rely on BC's list of free applications, since they have been used and scanned by other Members:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

Since most infections are the result of downloads by users who are less than careful, any research undertaken minimizes the chance of infection.
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Posted 14 July 2008 - 02:18 AM

Thanks a lot John. Your opinion about this matter was helpful too :thumbsup:. Like you said, it's better to rely on the opinion of someone who has downloaded an application and tested it himself ...

Edited by Mesmerized, 14 July 2008 - 02:18 AM.


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Posted 18 July 2008 - 04:28 PM

I think that sites that you've mentioned in the first post are reliable enough. I often use them and I've never suffered from spyware, adware etc. But, on the other hand, I have really good antivirus protection and I think rowal5555 is right saying that every downloaded soft is potentially dangerous and it's up to you whether you protect your computer well or not.

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 06:02 PM

You can always use http://www.siteadvisor.com/ to check a site out first

Download3000.com has been flagged a lot of times
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Posted 18 July 2008 - 10:33 PM

Avast would be able to catch any dangerous downloads, but Cnet is very trusted, Avast hasn't detected anything bad from that site. At least on my end, it hasn't. If any download was dangerous, Avast would catch it very early. Other products like AVG and Avira would catch these but a bit later than Avast. NOD32 could probably do the same as Avast. Basic rule of thumb for any download site. Be sure to scan each and every download, preferably before and after the download. Some sites are usually safe, but you never know when something bad can get through.

Edited by Trans Geek Lily, 18 July 2008 - 10:34 PM.


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Posted 19 July 2008 - 07:21 AM

Ok, thanks everyone for your explanations

elenka: But, on the other hand, I have really good antivirus protection


Do you mind telling me about the AV you are using? thanks in advance.

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 07:31 AM

Ok, thanks everyone for your explanations

elenka: But, on the other hand, I have really good antivirus protection


Do you mind telling me about the AV you are using? thanks in advance.


I use Avast! antivirus software for protecting my laptop. It's really reliable.

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 05:44 PM

There are a number of good antivirus products out there, but I too have relied for years on the free AVAST Home Edition for all my computers. It checks everything coming in instantly and updates automatically every day or every time you reboot. I also have it set to recheck every completed download via StarDownloader and BitComet, and I love the way it 'talks' to me.

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 12:42 AM

Up till now I've been using Symantec AntiVirus, but Avast seems more useful so I'll give it a try. Thanks everyone for your help.

Edited by Mesmerized, 14 October 2008 - 12:42 AM.





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