HP Envy desktop computer, belonging to a decidedly non-technical friend. Windows 10 Home 64 bit, Webroot SecureAnywhere AV. Installed software includes Malwarebytes 3 free version, and CCleaner free version. A few days ago CCleaner came out with an update. My friend found managing the update too complicated, so I tried to do it for him yesterday. Start CCleaner, it comes up with the usual notice that an update is available, do you want to install it? Answer yes, and you get "Do you want to upgrade?" to Professional or Professional Plus. Respond "No thanks". That sends you to a page comparing the three versions. If you choose from that page to download the free version, it sends you to the FileHippo download site - and Malwarebytes intervenes, blocking the "dangerous" site and strongly advising you not to go there - and making it complicated to do so, you have to create an exception in Malwarebytes, that takes additional steps. Far too much complexity for my friend, and more hassle than even I wanted to deal with.
I solved the problem by backing all the way out, going directly to the CCleaner site and downloading/installing from there. Malwarebytes did not block that. It seems therefore that Malwarebytes was blocking the FileHippo site as dangerous. Is that a response to the FileHippo habit of "bundling" other software with some of its downloads, or is there something more going on there? I had not previously encountered Malwarebytes blocking the FileHippo site or downloads from FileHippo. I've used FileHippo on a few long-past occasions, without problems, but then, I'm aware of bundling and know to uncheck "options" of that sort. So is something new going on at FileHippo?
FWIW I always try to download software from its maker's site rather than from third-party download sites. I was rather surprised that the CCleaner update site defaulted to FileHippo. New marketing strategy?
I do not observe this "layered" presentation of options on Piriform programs because I already have the Professional Plus version installed. When I get an update notice and click "yes" the update proceeds without any intervening sales pitch.