Why We Hate Recommending Software Downloads To Our Readers

Editorial, Dougmuses, May 16, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Good article pointing to some of the problems associated with software download sites (and I would add that it's not only freeware - you will be subjected to these scams on pay sites as well). Even good and reliable sites change hads and start doing things like bundling search-hijack services (like Conduit, which actually in stalls software that blocks your attempts to change your search provider back to DuckDuckGo). Fake download links surround the legit download link and lull you into installing adware, spyware and other malware. Sure, there are ways these can be avoided - but the point is that while it's easy for experienced computers to avoid, it's really hard for new users, and a lot of people are fooled.

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