Malware alert: CNet and ‘coupon companion’

Cnet and its affiliate downloads site, download.com, used to be the best place to download software as well as read reviews from qualified editors.  It appears that it is no longer the case as they have started distributing malware with the software they distribute.

cnet-logo-600x600A previous method they had employed was to make the user go through different options that had to be unchecked, so if the user wasn’t careful enough, some dubious piece of software -for example, the search engine ‘dogpile’-would be installed and your browser settings would be changed, etc.

Apparently, that was not enough.  In their recent distribution of the sound codec ffdshow they have started to include malware with no option or warning of any type.  The malware is called ‘coupon companion’, and among other things it installs software that will fill your facebook timeline and status with big, very annoying ad banners.  Unfortunately, it seems like the time has come to search for a better source for software downloads.

 

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