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Burn4Free malware (PUP.Bundleinstaller.Somoto) - download from download.com!!?


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    Just when I think it really can't get any worse for download.com, I recently came across an update for "Burn4Free" and decided to check our database. Indeed, we had already removed the listing from our support (http://www.freewareb...oved-burn4free/) because of multiple negative reports in WOT and after I found various suspicious files in the download itself.

    So, I thought, I'll give the download another chance and see if anything has changed, so I popped over to the developers site (burn4free.com) and hit the download button, only to be redirected to download.com where I kicked off the download. I hadn't even been allowed to finish the download and avast blew up in my face warning me of all kinds!!.

    Nevertheless, I thought I'd overrule avast on this one and downloaded it anyway and scanned it using VirusTotal and Jotti's malware scan - which found multiple instances of a lovely little adware tool called "PUP.Bundleinstaller.Somoto". A little more digging around and this is a particularly nasty little bugger which causes driveby's of various kinds and all manner of popups, some claiming even after it has been removed.

    The developers of this adware toolbar as listed just as negatively as the developers who choose to use it (http://www.mywot.com...d/somotoinc.com) and all the while being promoted by the biggest download repository on the net, download.com !!

    When will people learn that bigger is most certainly not always better!
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        Thanks buddy, I already warn everyone I know about download.com,and FreewareBB is the my peoples choice when it comes to freeware. :good:

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            Thanks Marko for confirming my suspicions about Download.com.
            In the past, download.com was my "go to" place for software, knowing it was a safe place. In the last couple years, I have downloaded files that have really screwed up my system and thought it was a fluke or not related to the file I downloaded. Within the last year, anytime I go there, I have been very cautious of anything I download, not a place I can trust anymore.
            I very glad I came across your site some time ago, you and the others have been very helpful.

            Thank you again!!
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                I've tried it too marko. I just wish there was a way to spread the word where all could know the dangers of Download,com.

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                    The chances of being able to discredit a site like download.com is pretty slim - I, possibly, give them a bit of a raw deal at times I think cause I could name at least half a dozen or so more VERY popular download sites that aren't really much better (in fact, some are much worse) but for most when they think of downloads, or 'google' the term "downloads" they end up at download.com - the organisation behind the site have spent a lot of money making sure they are, and remain, on the number one slot for the search engines results which is fair enough - but given they quite obviously attract hits in the millions per month, they should really be setting examples and making sure the files and practices they give out are commendable and admirable by other sites like ours. The fact remains, sites like FreewareBB exist, more or less, because of sites like download.com and because they use their popularity to their advantage, which again, is fair enough but when that includes bundling their own agenda in the download and serving questionable files it really is time to look elsewhere.

                    FreewareBB will never put profit before pride ... it can be a tad difficult to raise the money needed to run the site each month, and it's often the case I pay for some of the hosting out of my own pocket, but if it came to making a decision to start including questionable downloads in our listings to stay alive, I'd prefer to shut the site down because I started the site back in 2007 in sheer defiance of the other download sites who listed anything and everything to make a profit and would rather deceive users than offer straight forward downloads.

                    Believe it or not, I've actually refused payments on more than one occasion to list certain downloads which aren't safe, or mark downloads as "hotpicks" or feature them in some other way - these offers from developers who are beginning to realise that if their software isn't listed on FreewareBB they could be asked why in future years as it's clear our site is amongst the very very few download sites to name and shame developers and only accept what we honestly believe to be safe, honest and transparent downloads :)
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                        That my friend is more or less the speech I give everyone I know and meet. If you want freeware and you want it right, safe, clean and from an honest site looking out for the welfare and benefit of the user. FreewareBB.com,,,is the only answer. :good: :good: :good: :good:

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                            FreewareBB will never put profit before pride ... it can be a tad difficult to raise the money needed to run the site each month, and it's often the case I pay for some of the hosting out of my own pocket...

                            That statement breaks my heart. Good people work in obscurity while scoundrels will do most anything for a dollar. :mad:
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