I tried downloading something from CNET recently, and found that it wanted to use a CNET installer and was going to install other stuff. I left it and found the software available on Softpedia with no extra stuff. I can't remember what the program was, but I've avoided CNET since.
That was definitely a jive move on CNET's part. But they got so much backlash on it that they now furnish a very discreet link on most
software titles that will let you go directly to the developer's webpage. If you open the full specs
link from the product's main page you'll find it. Unfortunately more than a few devs are now either hosting their downloads on CNET's servers - or have cut a deal with them. So now, even if you go to some dev's homepage, their download link will still direct you back to CNET for the actual download.Avast Installs Chrome
In the case of a product like Piriform's CCleaner, the link goes directly to Prirform homepage. And the download can be done directly from Piri. But other products like Virtual DJ, just send you back to CNET.
I have a firm rule that if a product is only
available using the CNET loader, I'll pass. There's enough good stuff out there that we shouldn't have to put up with that.