Watch Out Where You Click on Download Sites or You May Not Like What You get


Do you often use download sites to get free software? Have you noticed how the download link for the freeware you want is often buried in a forest of advertiser download links? It is all too easy to click the wrong link and end up downloading some advertiser’s product instead of the freeware you thought you were getting. You might even end up installing something undesirable if you are not careful.  I am finding that even the most reputable sites are putting ads with download links on freeware download pages. These ad download links can easily be mistaken for the actual link that you want.

My personal choice these days is use the software developer’s website when possible. Indeed at Gizmo's Freeware we almost always give download links that point to the developers site. Also, consider using ad blocking extensions like Adblock Plus and NoScript that clear away many of the extraneous download links.

This link has a discussion of the problem of deceptive download links with examples from some commonly used sites. 

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