Posted on October 29th, 2013 at 8:41 AM EDT
Download.com has been accused of unethical behavior in the past. In particular, they have been known to insert their own adware in downloaded installers, contrary to the wishes (and without the knowledge) of the developers whose software is being hijacked. This in particular angered Fyodor, the developer of the open source network mapping tool Nmap, so severely that he sent a strongly-worded e-mail to a security mailing list, leading to CNET being widely reviled by the developer community. Unfortunately, I have just found hard evidence that these practices are continuing, almost 2 years later, with Mac downloads.
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