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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #25 on: January 14, 2015, 02:41:46 PM »
Similarly, I still use MajorGeeks, and I believe them to still be above-board. But I may be wrong.

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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #26 on: January 14, 2015, 02:42:44 PM »
@bit

 .. no gizmo's ?   :(  http://www.techsupportalert.com/  Gizmo's introduced me to DC.
tnx. ^gizmo's added to my last post & personal list :)

I didn't say 'yea or nay' to majorgeeks and leave that call to others.
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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #27 on: January 16, 2015, 10:31:19 AM »
And this might be a good time to toot our own horn and say thank you to everyone who has donated to the DonationCoder.com website over the last 9+ years.

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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #28 on: January 24, 2015, 11:22:09 PM »
^drama queens, agreed.
Asian dramas, that's 'another story'. :)

Okay, about safe/unsafe download sites, what about sourceforge?

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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #29 on: January 25, 2015, 06:30:24 AM »
Nice list.. ready for bookmark action.

NoNags
http://www.nonags.com/

Some go out of their way to send you to the source site:
http://www.freewaregenius.com/

I know Sourceforge can allow the people they host to have bundled junk.  I'm not aware that they add anything.

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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #30 on: January 25, 2015, 06:13:37 PM »
I know Sourceforge can allow the people they host to have bundled junk.

In that they supposedly bless off on anything submitted, they have a tiny amount (very tiny) of moral responsibility for whatever they're hosting. But not legal responsibility. See below for the relevant part of their ToS.

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ok download sites
« Reply #31 on: January 26, 2015, 02:00:43 AM »
Note that freewarebb is still on the list.  Wrongly.

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Should have an alternative to go to the author's download site, without too many clicks.
Tested with CCleaner
e.g.
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/

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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)."

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And if they have a forum, that is a plus.

PortableApps
Portable Freeware
TechSpot

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They should avoid errors.
http://portableapps....-tdsskiller-portable
Kaspersky said to be McAfee (ok, maybe an oversight, it just struck me as odd)

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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.)

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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.)

Download Crew
FileForum -  
Lo4d
Softpedia
TechSpot

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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.

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Safe software download sites – Beware of deceptive download links & PUPs - Jan, 2014
http://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/

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[Ask dotTechies] Best download website? - March, 2012
http://dottech.org/2...st-download-website/

Best Freeware Download Sites - June, 2014
http://www.techsuppo...e-download-sites.htm

Lists as "specialized" sites:

NirSoft  
Free Microsoft Downloads
Last Freeware Version
OldApps.com
The Portable Freeware Collection Do you like prog

In the comments, specialized -  http://www.videohelp.com/

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Steven
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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #32 on: February 05, 2015, 11:47:42 AM »
I had some fun with this awhile ago. I found a program called Reboot Restore RX which will reset a windows machine back to a set baseline. I installed a virtual XP machine without any virus software. I then went trolling installing everything that popped up on downloaded programs and websites. I would click yes to every offer. I could bring the system to a crawl within a few minutes. The browser would become unusable in the first few downloads. I certainly learned a lot in a small amount of time.

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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #33 on: February 24, 2015, 09:03:48 PM »
The following have one or more Uniblue programs - (Perhaps they should be contacted.)

Download Crew
FileForum - 
Lo4d
Softpedia
TechSpot

It's been removed from LO4D.com. Thanks for pointing that out.

- Christopher

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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #34 on: February 25, 2015, 06:38:22 AM »
This posting in Google Online Security seems relevant to the discussion.

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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #35 on: February 25, 2015, 11:23:22 AM »
^^ I guess that covers PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Software"), but not NSAware of course - because the latter isn't harmful per se.
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"Do no evil"

Yeah, right.

All's fair in love and war.

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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #36 on: February 25, 2015, 12:24:29 PM »
^^ I guess that covers PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Software"), but not NSAware of course - because the latter isn't harmful per se.
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Yeah, right.

All's fair in love and war.

You didn't get the memo?  They ninja removed it a while ago.  This is the full blown evil Google generation.

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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #37 on: March 04, 2015, 02:02:38 AM »
I have a download site (small) don't bundle software, don't have adverts, no cookies, no logon
It was really a site with a few guides on using free software
I don't record who comes to my site (I really don't care who comes)
I am unable to say if my hosting site (Go Daddy) tracks or records anything as I don't know but I expect they must record the traffic to my site

http://ilikefree.co/
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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #38 on: March 04, 2015, 10:10:10 AM »
As far as the saying "Don't believe anything you read and half of what you see." goes, it is totally false now too. You can't believe anything you hear and only at most 10% of what you see. Or can you trust any photos etc on the internet?
“You can tell a lot more about a person by what he says about others than by what others say about him.” Anonymous

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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #39 on: March 04, 2015, 10:35:20 AM »
As far as the saying "Don't believe anything you read and half of what you see." goes, it is totally false now too. You can't believe anything you hear and only at most 10% of what you see. Or can you trust any photos etc on the internet?

Or, as Chico Marx said in Duck Soup

"Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?"

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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #40 on: November 08, 2015, 03:34:21 PM »
Nobody likes toolbars and adware  :D
My trusted list:
http://TechSpot.com
http://Filehippo.com
http://Digitalrelated.com (i post software there)
http://Softpedia.com
Of course, the safest thing is to get the application from it's developer's website.


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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #41 on: November 08, 2015, 03:59:03 PM »

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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #42 on: November 08, 2015, 05:02:25 PM »
My trusted list:
http://Digitalrelated.com

Congratulations on the first 2½ weeks with your site. Are you running it all by yourself? It's really nice work.  :up:

Actually, we have a section especially for announcing one's new homepage or software: Announce Your Software/Service/Product - DonationCoder.com. You're welcome to use it

- you are welcome anyway! 

Forgive me if the following is giving a wrong picture different from any other normal day on digitalrelated, but I just read this on the front page:

Quote from: digitalrelated
DirectX 11 Download
Chris November 2, 2015 0 Comments
DirectX 11 download latest version for Windows 32/64 bit. Get DirectX 11 offline standalone installer. Software version: 11.2

^ the latest version is version 12. Together with version 11.3 (not 11.2) version 12 comes with Windows 10. Why on earth is the post November 2 saying that 11.2 is the latest version? 11.2 is older than Windows 10, so why are there no comments to such an erroneous info? Forgive me for being so pedantic about something this unimportant, but I was disappointed.

But maybe with this post you are "telling" that you have not upgraded to Windows 10? Is that the simple answer?

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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #43 on: November 08, 2015, 06:01:20 PM »
I fear these sites like I fear the Devil.

What has happened to the Internet that we once knew?
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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #44 on: November 09, 2015, 02:32:29 AM »
I fear these sites like I fear the Devil.

What has happened to the Internet that we once knew?

It died when Google stopped being a search engine and became an advertising company
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Re: Beware of download sites
« Reply #45 on: December 02, 2015, 07:40:54 AM »
I use Majorgeeks.com and torrents.Never a problem from here