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Old 06. May 2012, 09:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Smile Did CNET ditch wrapped installers for their downloads?

I just downloaded a few softwares from CNET right now, and not even once I got affected by their wrapped downloads, which earlier kept me away from the site for quite some time. There was a development going on during the past few weeks, when they started providing direct download links under their Download buttons "CNET Secure download" which seemed like a welcome development, but now it seems to be gone, and instead the secure downloads doesn't wrap installers with bloatware anymore! Atleast that's what I found out.

Feel free to test their downloads fellow Gizmo readers and let me know whether it's true or not!
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Old 07. May 2012, 04:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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According to this, it is still current, unless someone has alternative data?

http://insecure.org/news/download-com-fiasco.html
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Old 07. May 2012, 04:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info MC, but that article was last updated on 24th April. I just did around 25 downloads through CNET Secure download, and I didn't face any wrapper installations even once. These downloads included Avast, Avira, Comodo firewall, Keypass, XnView and more. Feel free to test and see for yourselves.

PS: I don't have any sources but just my personal experience to validate what I found.
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Old 07. May 2012, 08:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I found a few that uses the CNET installer.

http://download.cnet.com/SpyReveal-K...-75207121.html

http://download.cnet.com/Hotspot-Shi...-75609924.html

http://download.cnet.com/Mask-Surf-P...-10888261.html

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Thanks for pointing out the few Bo. I believe that, they are in the process of removing all wrapper downloads, because the downloads that I've done today (nearly 45 till now), didn't contain wrapper installations. Right now, if the download doesn't contain wrapper installation it's marked as "CNET Secure download" and if it contains the same it's labelled as "CNET Installer Enabled" with a "Direct Download Link" below it.

PS: All the freeware programs that I downloaded didn't contain wrapper installations, and even most of the shareware programs too, until you showed me a few among shareware programs(the above 3) that still has CNET installer enabled.
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Old 07. May 2012, 08:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Not true.

Because just yesterday, I wanted to download JetAudio, and the official download on the JetAudio site is to Download.com. If you open that link, you can see a CNET download button, with a direct download link below it.

If you click on the CNET button, you get the download for the wrapped installer.

So, the wrapped installer is still being offered.

I tried other software, and yes, for many software, the wrapped installer is not being offered... but I think this might be because, those companies might have asked CNET to remove the wrapped installer from their downloads.

I remember reading one such link from a reputed company, which had told CNET to remove wrapped installer, or they will withdraw their software from the site. It also said that it will ask other companies to do the same. So maybe, they did just that.

But, the wrapped installer is still there, and has not gone.

I found it for Winamp :

http://download.cnet.com/Winamp/3000...tml?tag=lst--4

I am sure there are other software with wrapped installer being offered.

So, this theory about CNET ditching its wrapped installer is false.
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Old 07. May 2012, 08:34 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Doesn't have wrapper installations: CCleaner, IDM, TeamViewer, WinRAR, MalwareBytes, VLC, Format Factory, Skype, Firefox, Real PLayer, MiniTool Partition Wizard, Super Mario 3, PerfectDisk Professional, TrueCrypt ...
Having wrapper installations: Photoscape, VideoSpirit Pro, NFSU2,... (Most having wrapper installations now are shareware)
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Unless there is an official confirmation about this from CNET in any format, our policy about CNET downloads still remains in effect, and also our article about it.

As can be seen, many downloads still have the wrapped installer, and just by a few examples which do not have the wrapped installer enabled, we cannot say the same for whole site.

Also, this theory about most of shareware programs having wrapped installer available, seems to be false too, because the two programs I provided evidence for, are both free.

Lets just put this topic at rest now, since obviously, the news is false, and wrapped installer on CNET still exists very much.
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The site policy will remain in force until such time as there is a statement from cnet saying they have abandoned the use of wrapped installers or other means of presenting to, or obtaining from, users products/information.
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Old 07. May 2012, 08:47 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Not true. But, the wrapped installer is still there, and has not gone.
Yes, the wrapped installer for all programs havn't been removed, but still those that are remaining now, only constitute a minority, among the million software downloads available.

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I tried other software, and yes, for many software, the wrapped installer is not being offered... but I think this might be because, those companies might have asked CNET to remove the wrapped installer from their downloads.

I remember reading one such link from a reputed company, which had told CNET to remove wrapped installer, or they will withdraw their software from the site. It also said that it will ask other companies to do the same. So maybe, they did just that.

I found it for Winamp :

http://download.cnet.com/Winamp/3000...tml?tag=lst--4

I am sure there are other software with wrapped installer being offered.

So, this theory about CNET ditching its wrapped installer is false.
I've found that most of the programs available at CNET doesn't contain wrapped installers, even less known programs like SensiGuard etc. Probably, removing wrapper installations at once, might not be possible. That's one theory of some programs still having it. Remember the time when CNET only used to contain wrapper installations for their downloads? They did a great job later on, to provide direct download links under their Download button, and now probably complaints from the users, might have made them to change their mind, once they got enough revenue from this practice. This could be a possibility.

Also your theory that, the freeware designers having exclusively asked CNET to remove wrapper downloads for their softwares, could be true. Either way, this is a welcome development.
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