Note that freewarebb is still on the list. Wrongly.
Should have an alternative to go to the author's download site, without too many clicks.
Tested with CCleaner
bleeping computer - "author"
Download Crew - "Developer
File Forum - "Publisher"
FileHippo - "Technical-->Author"
Lo4d - "Publisher"
NoNags - ".. from author's link" and Homepage
Portable Freeware - "Website"
Snapfiles - "Publisher"
Softpedia - "Developed by---> More applications by" (not obvious)
TechSpot - "Direct Download"
Ninite has no url to site, it is a batch installer. See the problem mentioned below. Even with the best intentions, batch installation is questionable for the individual user.
Otherwise, everybody is acceptable.
PortableApps works with SourceForge. SourceForge has .. " (name) web site" on mirrored sites (e.g. Sumatra PDF). I didn't realize the degree of SourceForge problem beginning in 2013 (before that problems were limited, e.g. PDFCreator) :http://www.ghacks.ne...wnloads-with-adware/
If they warn about potential problems in the install, that would be good.
e.g. - Snapfiles on CCleaner
"Offers to install promotional, third party components (e.g. browser toolbar)."
And if they have a forum, that is a plus.
They should avoid errors.http://portableapps....-tdsskiller-portable
Kaspersky said to be McAfee (ok, maybe an oversight, it just struck me as odd)
Any automated batch site is problematic.
"I liked what I read about Ninite, and tried it. As a test, I took only one program, Chrome. It loaded as my default browser, without asking, and it also unchecked the box in Firefox which says to always check to see that it is the default browser. In case that isn't bad enough, it put an 'exception' in my FIREWALL, allowing Chrome/Google to contact my PC from the internet, again, without telling/asking me. I can't say I would recommend Ninite."https://discuss.howt...s-the-proof/23962/67
MajorGeeks has always had a problem of far too many unrelated download buttons that can be crapware. (Whether or not they have any direct problems.)
Any site that hosts a crapware-malware companies software is not as concerned as you would like.
The following have one or more Uniblue programs - (Perhaps they should be contacted.)
BleepingComputer could be on the list, even though they only have a small number.
Since they do a lot of downloads and are among the leaders of providing tools and discussion.
Some clubby type groups like Wugnet may be good too.
Safe software download sites – Beware of deceptive download links & PUPs - Jan, 2014http://www.thewindow...tware-download-sites
(However, the Windows Club carries right below the title an ad for a Uniblue fixit-registry scam.|
Worse, it looks like it might be a direct Uniblue ad. Talk about a self-defeating position.)
The article is interesting, they say FileHippo has installers. Some discussion.
Freewarefiles (which Gizmo below recommends, noting ads though) also said to be off-base.
Recommended in comments.http://www.filehorse.com/http://www.pcauthority.com.au/
In other comments:http://www.techspot.com/downloads/http://www.freewaregeeks.com/
[Ask dotTechies] Best download website? - March, 2012http://dottech.org/2...st-download-website/
Best Freeware Download Sites - June, 2014http://www.techsuppo...e-download-sites.htm
Lists as "specialized" sites:
Free Microsoft Downloads
Last Freeware Version
The Portable Freeware Collection Do you like prog
In the comments, specialized - http://www.videohelp.com/