Call it the recession, call it more savvy net users, or call it anything else you want, it's obvious that freeware is now firmly on the lips of many more computer users than a few years ago!.
Download.com have just released their Top 10 downloads for 2010, and 9 out of the top 10 are freeware titles, with all, but one of the top 5 being free security software. I was, however, also somewhat surprised to find 'Advanced SystemCare Free' in amongst that lot, see my note at the end for the reasons why!.
Here's the results:
No.10: Camfrog Video Chat
No.7: Advanced SystemCare Free* (removed from FreewareBB, see note below)
No.6: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security
No.5: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
No.4: YouTube Downloader
No.3: Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus
No.2: Avast Free Antivirus
No.1: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
First, it's fantastic to see so many downloads of freeware and it is reassuring to know that so many people are downloading security software, especially when it's freeware! - but one thing troubles me in all of this, and that is download.com are very much actively promoting the use of a download called 'Advanced SystemCare Free' which is from a developer called IObit.
In 2009 we were contacted by someone representing malwarebytes who had reason to believe IObit were stealing their virus definitions and using them in their own software which is not only theft but downright misleading and dangerous. We withdrew our support for all IObit software as we wouldn't and couldn't trust those developers anymore, yet here we have a site like download.com actively supporting such activities and now potentially encouraging it's users to download and install software which is known to be distributed by dishonest and untrustworthy developers!.
We did, of course, do our homework before banning IObit and it was clear by the many reviews and test's that were carried out by a multitude of other developers and software engineers that IObit were indeed guilty of what malwarebytes accused them of.
In 2010 'Advanced SystemCare Free' received 19,544,950 downloads from download.com - that's a frightening amount of downloads credited to a developer who has shown his hand as dishonest and a staggering admission by a download site as large as download.com, the mind boggles, it really does!.
More info on this can be found HERE.
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Download.Com name 2010 top downloads - 9 are freeware!
Posted 23 January 2011 - 11:30 PM
that's a frightening amount of downloads credited to a developer who has shown his hand as dishonest and a staggering admission by a download site as large as download.com, the mind boggles, it really does!.
Too true Marko!!
IObit products have been banned from FreewareBB and DavesComputerTips plus most other reputable sites. Makes you wonder why CNET would not follow suit; certainly doesn't do anything to diminish suspicions of possible backhanders.
And AVG Free at Number One...pah-lease!!!
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