CNET TechTracker for Mac

Average User Rating:
1.9
out of 177 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1.1
  • Total Downloads:
    627,225
  • Date Added:
    May 16, 2012
  • File Size:
    1.37MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC

Editors' Note: CNET TechTracker for Mac is no longer available for download. This page is available for informational purposes only.

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1 stars

"Nice while it lasted"

June 13, 2013  |  By Rich_In_NFPA

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.1.1

Pros

Did a reasonable (but not perfect) job of detecting updates to existing apps.

Cons

'Twas most foully murdered.

Summary

Once again Mac users are told they're not worth supporting and they should just be grateful for what scraps they receive and to shut the hell up!

I can't express how disappointed and angry I am that CNET is removing TechTracker for Mac without providing any kind of replacement. CNET can let their advertisers know I won't be seeing many of their ads now since I intend to bypass CNET whenever possible. That goes for my Windows machines too!

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4 stars

"Occasional blips, but overall useful..."

May 30, 2013  |  By jran1011

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.1.1

Pros

Automatically notifies of out-of-date software, background app allows you to control update procedure...

Cons

A little too many false notifications - i.e., up-to-date programs reported as not. TT has now been replaced with Download App, a lesser product imho. At least with TT, you could ignore or hide certain program updates - DL does not allow that, so now I have to look at paid-version update notifications of my free versions. Also reports out-of-dates that are current.
And about adware and malware installs with the app, I think the dude missed an opt-out screen...that said, I AM going to check out SUMO, mentioned by an earlier reviewer...

Summary

A lackadaisical product, time I was moving on...

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1 stars

"rubbish!!!!"

May 22, 2013  |  By MasterD41

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.1.1

Pros

none I can think of

Cons

constantly downloading things that are already down loaded whether I need them or not. Constantly crashing.
Glad to see it is no longer supported for the Mac - should suit Windows users, as they are used to crap software that keeps crashing!

Summary

One line summary says it all: "rubbish!!!!"

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1 stars

"They failed."

May 08, 2013  |  By Catchalove

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.1.1

Pros

Idea was good.

Cons

Execution was terrible (others already said all).

Summary

Closure is sometimes the best issue for a failed project.

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1 stars

"Left our in the cold"

April 22, 2013  |  By ALEZAK

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.1.1

Pros

Was a very useful tool that brought me to CNET

Cons

WAS a very useful tool that brought me to CNET

Summary

I receive a message from CNET, that TechTracker is being discontinued on May 31st. There will be no version for Mac after that date.

Thanks a lot,

Me

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2 stars

"Use only for reference"

April 16, 2013  |  By sunier2

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.1.1

Pros

SO I only use it for reference and then go the specific sites to see if I need to download an update or if I already have.

Cons

As some said before: TechTracker also reports updates when you're already up-to-date, fails to catch some updates, and repeatedly tries to get you to upgrade software to versions that are either incompatible with your OS X version or require a paid license.

Summary

about what you'd expect for free...

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4 stars

"Very useful; some glitches with product versions"

January 29, 2013  |  By laryjones

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.1.1

Pros

Keeps me aware of updates; consolidates updating

Cons

some glitches with product versions

Summary

Very useful

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3 stars

"Saying that this is for mac may not be correct."

December 29, 2012  |  By Pongo3

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.1.1

Pros

Very good at automatically updating your software!

Cons

Says that it is for mac? so why is the preview of Windows 7?

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1 stars

"LESS THAN WORTHLESS!!! (IF THAT'S EVEN POSSIBLE.)"

November 29, 2012  |  By krainin

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.1.1

Pros

It teaches you not to trust this company! Actually, it provides a potentially good target for a class action lawsuit! These are the only "pros" that come to mind.

Cons

Completely wastes your time and energy! It's a sham, a disgrace and sullies the names of those, including the company, associated with it. Were the use of profanity permitted, it would be completely appropriate.

Summary

It does virtually nothing correctly except succeed at frustrating any potential user.

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1 stars

"I wouldn't even bother with this"

November 25, 2012  |  By Axlin

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.1.1

Pros

It's a nice way to stay informed of when app updates are available.

Cons

Basically everything else. It hardly works. It flat-out ignores settings to blacklist applications from being checked for updates or to automatically download updates. You might as well not even bother with blacklisting, say, stock Apple software, because TechTracker will simply "forget" you ever blacklisted it in the first place and it will indicate updates for things like iLife apps, Safari, and iTunes, and you'll randomly find it hogging bandwidth as it downloads these updates in the background. Not to mention how idiotic it is that it checks these particular apps for updates to begin with, considering Software Update handles them already, and unlike TechTracker, won't report updates if your version of OS X is incompatible with them. TechTracker also reports updates when you're already up-to-date, fails to catch some updates, and repeatedly tries to get you to upgrade software to versions that are either incompatible with your OS X version or require a paid license.

Summary

Basically, using TechTracker is more tedious than simply handling updates manually by yourself. It's a piece of garbage which has shown zero signs of improvement in its history, so don't count on it getting any better. It's obvious CNET put basically zero effort into QA and bug fixing, so why bother writing the software in the first place?

Updated on Feb 27, 2013

I have just discovered that TechTracker, and CNET's installer, occasionally and surreptitiously installs malware on your PC without your knowledge or consent (http://forums.cnet.com/7723-7598_102-568380/coupon-companion-adware/ ). I just discovered that I had adware called Coupon Companion installed on my PC since 1/30/13, the same day I installed Windows 7 and used CNET's services to download and install my software. As TechTracker, and Download.com in general, is infecting PCs with malware, be it intentional or due to sheer incompetence of the development team, I recommend anybody using TechTracker and/or Download.com to cease using these services immediately. CNET cannot be trusted.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.1.1
  • Bug Fixes related to TechTracker client crashes in Lion 10.7
General
Publisher CBS Interactive
Publisher web site http://www.cbs.com/
Release Date May 16, 2012
Date Added May 16, 2012
Version 2.1.1
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Operating Systems & Updates
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Macintosh
Additional Requirements 512MB RAM, Firefox 3+, Safari 3+, Chrome current version, Broadband connection
Download Information
File Size 1.37MB
File Name cnet_techtracker_2_11_48b.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 627,225
Downloads Last Week 1
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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