Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Tuesday December 06, 2011

Download.com Wrapping its Downloads in Bloatware

Well this is a bummer. Let's just hope this is a trend that doesn't catch on. Thanks to everyone that sent this one in.

At Download.com, page designs have been repeatedly tweaked over the years to promote its TechTracker updater software, TrialPay offers, and the site’s mailing list. Bothersome, perhaps, but certainly not inexcusable. They’ve got to make money off the site somehow, after all, and banner ads don’t always do the job. Now, things have taken a turn for the worse: Cnet has begun wrapping downloads in a proprietary installer. Wrapping installers is a terrible practice.

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