Well Said my friend !!!!
You will find that there is an overwhelming majority here who will agree with you. The bundling of dubious value software etc is abhorrent to all of us. Avira Anti virus lost a lot of support by bundling the ASK TOOLBAR in with what is a good product.
Your point that they are devilishly clever at disguising their hidden cargo is very accurate and would perhaps lead one to wonder what else are they hiding...
CNET should not be content to rely on their good reputation....it was a hard won reputation, which can be lost in the blink of an eye.
Thanks for responding and validating my thoughts that are at the center of my GRIPE. I'm sorry that others are having problems but as you say it is a widespread problem that results in rampant abuse. I have on one or two occasions stopped installation or maybe a download can't recall that for sure - anyway stopped the process when I became suspicious / noted something I initially missed but even though I halted the process I still ended up with some crap on my computer which surprised me I thought it would have to be a "done deal" before anything could affect my computer but I guess that was naive on my part. Its interesting you mentioning AVIRA as I had heard it mentioned in the past as a good program but it seems to have been degraded as you say. I think Adaware is one of those programs that can be good but somehow in my mind it has a negative association.
I find I must read very carefully as like I said they are very clever at disguising just what you're getting. One thing I've noticed is that the downloads usually have at least 2 choices "Average" Installation and "Advanced" which they imply as being somewhat complicated - that if you go with their suggested AVERAGE install you're almost guaranteed to get stuff you didn't want.
I've noticed also that you must be very careful that you are on the site you think you are on. If you think you are on a reputable site but have gotten waylaid to another that is also a source of trouble. And that's where the search bar thing seems so very important. Once they hijack your search then you will be misdirected to other "seedy" sites which compounds the problem.
I hate griping, hate problems too but I guess its nice to realize I'm not alone in the problem which will be ongoing.
On CNET - the programs not hosted by CNET, as I said, sort of blend in with the site and its easy to be mislead but I'm trying to be more aware with some success but there's always something slipping by now and then that is easy enough to get but harder to get rid of.
I have gone rounds with ASK and yes its a pain. And yes, it does make you question the entire transaction when stuff gets put on your computer that obviously they know you don't want or they wouldn't have to "sneak" it in. If it was a good program they'd be able to be upfront about it and say what it is you're getting.
I'm more hesitant to download anything as a result and there are some good things out there but its the bad things that stick in my mind.
I guess the saying BUYER Beware needs an addendum DOWNLOADER Beware!
Edited by JayJax, 16 June 2013 - 04:17 PM.