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    Can We Trust CNET Again After a Scandal This Shady?

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    I don't really like CNET, but they reviews team leader was pretty clear about what happened, so I don't see why their integrity should be questioned.

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    I had a problem today which I was able to back out of, but it left me with a bad taste in my mouth for CNet. I was grabbing Revo Uninstaller and several items piggybacked (even though I did opt out). I was able to uninstall the garbage and finally went directly to Revo for the download.
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    Ted, whenever I want to get a program I go right to the program site..
    I had similar problems..

    I don't even get their newsletters anymore because they are more advertising then news...

    I think we once discussed this in another topic here a while ago.

    I don't trust them, I don't trust their reviews and I don't trust their downloads..
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    I usually do too, but CNet was already up, so I took a shortcut. As usually happens with me, shortcuts take the long way around.
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    At least you can still trust the Lounge!
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    Ted, the other day I updated Flash and it installs Chrome and there is no op out..
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    I forget what app I was installing that offered Chrome, but there was an Opt Out. If I wish to install an app I want to make the decision myself, not have it made for me!
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    Well, I had to install it twice on two separate computers and there is no opt out because the second time I looked real good.
    I had to un-install it twice.

    It downloads, I think, a toolbar and Chrome.
    You can up out of the other but not Chrome..

    They all stink!
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    I've never had a Cnet download that loaded crapware but I have to be very careful to exclude offers every step of the way. In a program I downloaded yesterday, there were two different places that had add on crapware enabled by default. The second one looked just like a normal "click to agree to terms" but if you look closely you were agreeing to another piece of crapware. I hit decline and the download progressed without any add ons. I agree that you should get your downloads elsewhere if available but if not, just look carefully every step of the way.

    Also, see Why does crapware still exist:
    http://www.zdnet.com/why-does-crapwa...il-7000009830/
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    Looks as though CNET executives were attempting to use the examples being set by our government's executive branch, too bad CNET does not have the same kind of media support or they could have gotten away with this too.
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