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What download site(s) do you prefer?


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#1 razz3333

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 06:12 PM

Not sure what forum to post this in but I thought because it's in some ways related to security (i.e. a bad download site would result in security issues).  If wrong forum, I apologize.

 

I understand the desire to use the vendor's own site for download, but as you know, sometimes this is not possible.  In that case, what is/are your preferred download site(s)?

 

I know that my uBlock Origin extension blocks "download.cnet.com" ("cnet.com") and from what I've read in the past, probably for good reason.



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 06:21 PM

I would have no problem downloading from Majorgeeks. Softpedia and FileHippo are okay too. Sourceforge is good for open source.


Edited by JohnC_21, 13 May 2017 - 06:22 PM.


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 06:43 PM

These are popular and safe third-party download hosting sites for software:
* BleepingComputer Downloads
* BleepingComputer Security Tool Downloads
* MajorGeeks
* SnapFiles
* Softpedia
* TechSpot
* FilePuma
* Gizmos Freeware
* Ninite

Since FileHippo started offering downloads via Installers, I don't recommend them anymore.This is a quote FileHippo previously posted to explain "What is the FileHippo Download Manager?"

The FileHippo Download Manager delivers software straight from our supercharged servers to your computer. The Download Manager allows us to use multiple network connections at the same time to guarantee you the fastest, safest delivery possible.

During this process, the Download Manager may offer you other free applications provided by our carefully chosen partners. These offers are completely optional and you are not required to install any additional applications to receive the software you selected...


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 07:22 PM

Thanks quietman7 for the heads up on FileHippo. It's been awhile since I downloaded from there. There have been warning in the past with sourceforge but I never ran into an issue with them.


Edited by JohnC_21, 13 May 2017 - 07:24 PM.


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 07:29 PM

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 09:17 PM

Thank you JohnC_21 & quietman7 for your input.  I really appreciate it.

 

quietman7, thank you also for the list of 9 popular and safe third-party download hosting sites for software.  Very handy list that you can bet I'll make note of.  :)

 

Also, I appreciate the info regarding FileHippo, as per your post "Since FileHippo started offering downloads via Installers, I don't recommend them anymore".

 

I admit, until I became aware of this GREAT forum, I never used Bleeping Computer for downloads - my bad!  I've never used TechSpot, FilePuma and Ninite.

 

Again, thanks!  This info is really great to have.



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Posted 14 May 2017 - 06:04 AM

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 09:30 AM

i generally try to download direct from the website, or from sourceforge. 






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