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    Best site(s) to d/l software

    From time to time, I might want to d/l a program
    (eg: What's My Computer Doing -- I would like to have that freeware).

    But, when I google it, I see it is available on a variety of sites. My fear is that I might also d/l some crapware, to say the least. I am careful d/ling, being sure to uncheck boxes as needed. But I have in the past unknowingly d/led some crap.

    So, any recommendations for a reputable site?

    Mel

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    Majorgeeks must rank as one of the best/safest but with any download, keep alert and check with VirusTotal before deciding to install - it might be a good idea to get into the habit of opening Task Manager before any new software install as well.

    This might be of some use, too.

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    +1 for Majorgeeks

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    This article is about a year old, so some of the info might not be current. My point for linking to it is, be careful when downloading freeware if you get it from somewhere other than the vendor itself.

    (I'd be careful even at the vendors' websites, but I don't think you have nearly the risk there as at the freeware sites.)

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    ImgBurn carries some crap with it from the vendor's site and I think you still have to watch the boxes when downloading from FileHippo.

    Generally, avoid CNET download sites and treat Softpedia with caution, but if you have a decent antivirus program, that should keep you safe from any Rootkits that may have infiltrated the download, but will do nothing for unwanted bundled software - that will be down to your vigilance in looking for boxes to uncheck and always use the Custom install option when available, because a to a piece of whatever, you choose the Express option and you'll end up with some form of adware on your computer.

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    Try Unchecky. It does a good job of filtering out the PUPs when you install downloaded software.

    https://unchecky.com/

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    Hi I like Calimanco unchecky program , but you still need to be cautious down loading freeware!! Here's a link I trust to down load freeware. FileHippo.com.
    They been around a long time and I have never see any PUP's with their down loads.
    If anyone here on the forum has a different review of Filehippo, please post your findings!
    PS I have checked several of their down load programs and I haven't found any PUP's
    http://filehippo.com/

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    FossHub has a relatively small selection of free software, all ad/malware free, it's one of the very first places I visit when setting up a new PC.

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    I always try to get the file directly from the authors site.
    Also, always use the 'CUSTOM' install option if offered and you can un-check features you don't want or need.

    Almost all free-ware sites are trying to bundle something you don't need or want in the install file.
    "If You Are Reading This In English, Thank A VET"

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    I agree! with Banyarola 100% The best place to get free-ware is from the authors site when you can!
    I've checked filehippo and I'm 95 % sure you can trust them not to bundle unwanted PUP's.
    Here's malwarebytes thoughts about PUP's. You can tell if a down load has PUP's. If the program has just the name followed by .exe, it's usually a good down load!
    https://support.malwarebytes.org/cus...ted-?b_id=6438
    Last edited by holdum333; 2016-03-24 at 09:03.

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    Do you "Believe"? Do you vote? Please Read:
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    I read not long ago, I forgot where, that most file sites are trying to load up unwanted stuff in d/l's to help their bottom line.
    I can't blame them for that but what bothers me is the tactics they use to try to get it past you and installed without you knowing until it's too late.

    My policy, works for me so far, is not to trust ANY d/l site.
    CNET used to be good but I wont d/l anything from them anymore.
    "If You Are Reading This In English, Thank A VET"

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    I had high regard for File Hippo until last fall. CCleaner sent me there to download the latest version. Unfortunately, I wound up getting at least three viruses.

    When I informed CCleaner, the young lady answering my email advised me to always go to the author's site or the company marketing the program. So far, this has worked for me.
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    CSMART, I don't trust any of them anymore...As I said above, I always try to go to the authors site and always do a CUSTOM install if the option it given.

    I also scan all downloads before I run them.
    "If You Are Reading This In English, Thank A VET"

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    Yet the author's site may not be the best place to download from, follow up the link in the first response.

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