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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.0 stars

    out of 237 votes

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    • 1 star: 134
  • Current version:

    2.5 stars

    out of 42 votes

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  • 1.0 stars

    "INFECTED WITH HIJACKING BROWSER; WORST DOWNLOAD EVER!"

    February 1, 2014  |   By susanrose5

    Version: Download App 1.6.1

    Pros

    As others have said here, it performs many positive things, all of which you can say this would be an ideal app. It tells you the latest version, asking if you want to uninstall the previous version and offering to install for you the new software. It checks everything it sees in your system, and gives you these options in a list. Sometimes it misses things and doesn't give accurate information as far as the type of software or version.

    Cons

    When it gives you the requested download, it also adds to it something known as CONDUIT SOFTWARE --- BEWARE, as well as other software you may not want. Now, you have the otin of installing the software yourself that may be accompanied with these neat little bundles, but you wouldn't know this if you allow the app to download and install the software for you. It took me some time to figure out that it was the Download App that was the culprit. It slowed my system down to a crawl. Removing this CONDUIT software took me hours, no days, to get rid of. I consulted many software blogs and worked out my own way of doing this, but believe me, this is one of the worst hijacking software I have ever encountered.

    Summary

    In theory, this could be a very good app, BUT for the problems it created for me with the CONDUIT hijacker and accompanying software, it was not worth it. If you value having control of your computer, laptop or whatever you're using, DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS APP! I gave it 1 star for the information it gives you, but even that isn't always accurate.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I had to Remove it actually"

    January 24, 2014  |   By Wolmer_Van

    Version: Download App 1.6.1

    Pros

    The program seemed to work fine initially but then again, it stopped informing me about whats new!!

    Cons

    The program stopped and i removed it to put this burden off from my pc

    Summary

    it is a good software and updates you quite efficeintly but i think there is something that stops it !!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Primary function seems to be crapware installation"

    January 20, 2014  |   By The_Real_Deina

    Version: Download App 1.6.1

    Pros

    Shows about a 75% accurate list of software update status.

    Cons

    Unless you manually install each app individually, it defaults to installing massive amounts of bloatware.

    While I'm 99% certain that CNET wouldn't install malware (at least not knowingly), I use this app to see what needs updating, then go to mfg site to DL, just to be safe. :(

    Summary

    The concept is great, the execution sucks!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Adequate, but Slow and Poorly Designed"

    January 13, 2014  |   By Randy Bell

    Version: Download App 1.6.1

    Pros

    More comprehensive scanning of one's system, than similar software updaters like the Filehippo application.

    Cons

    SLOW to finish a scan; and if you pause too long after updating a few apps, the program starts scanning again, without the user's permission - which slows down a PC, especially an older one. Also, when you update the Download App to a newer version, it ERASES your User Settings! Defaults to an Automatic Scan everytime Windows boots up.

    Summary

    No offense, and meaning not to use rhetoric too strong, but what kind of mentally challenged software engineers designed this program? It really reeks of poor planning and design, no offense. But it gets the job done; so that I don't give it a lower personal rating. The most irritating flaw is, every time you upgrade the Download App, it overrides your customized settings and goes back to default settings! How inept is that? Most software, when updated, does not override the user's settings? And I contacted Tech Support; or rather, I posted in your forums about this obvious irritation that would be easy to fix - no response. Plz, people, get the bugs out of this application: it has promise but still seems stuck in Beta Stage. :(

    Updated on Jan 13, 2014

    Also, there is no way for the user to STOP the scanning, once it starts - and it starts on its own, without user control - when you first open the app - and later, if you dare to PAUSE a few seconds while doing updates with this app, it starts scanning again, on its own, without user permission. RETURN control back to the user, please! Which is what all good software aims to do: to let the user be his own boss - to give customized control and flexibility to the user. IRRITATING, the poor design of this otherwise promising app. BEWARE, when you update this Download App with a new version, you must re-customize the Settings; because it overrides the user's settings with the defaults - otherwise, if you forget to redo your settings, every time you reboot, your PC will be stuck with a CPU drain, and disk activity caused by an unwanted scan !!! Uggh .. :(

    Updated on Jan 14, 2014

    A suggestion for users who have found it frustrating that this Download App defaults to running at startup: You can right-click on your taskbar at the bottom; then choose "Start Task Manager" - click on the Applications Tab, then KILL (End Task) on the Download App program. The frustrating thing is, you cannot stop it otherwise - it begins scanning on its own, and if you right-click on the icon in the System Tray, it takes forever for the Menu to show, and there is no option to STOP the scanning, uggh ..

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  • 1.0 stars

    "The old version worked fairly well. This one doesn't."

    January 6, 2014  |   By don_echs

    Version: Download App 1.6.1

    Pros

    No known usefulness.

    Cons

    Failed first time after upgrading and every time after trying to uninstall, clean, reboot, reload. It stops with a complaint about Microsoft. But this is even worse than MS!

    Summary

    Will look for another product.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Worse than Cnet tracker"

    January 5, 2014  |   By dupuyo

    Version: Download App 1.6.1

    Pros

    Still searches through your software and gives a list of potential updates but do a manual updates from the publisher sites to not get crapware in addition.

    Cons

    No way to remove from the list a product which is not installed (false positive) like you could with Cnet tracker
    The scan is much longer than with Cnet tracker, 3 times maybe.
    Lack an option to install manually, downloading from Cnet like in the old app.
    You have added so much crappwawe, addware and clogware to the downloads. What for? Now the install is a minefield and you have to pay full attention to decline all this crap or the number of installed programs will increase exponentially on your PC!!!

    Summary

    Why did you replace Cnet tracker which was working just fine with this rubbish software?
    Is is to clog our PCs with all the addware, clogware and other that that you have stuffed in the downloads?
    Before, I recommended Cnet tracket to my friends and colleagues as a time saver. I will certainly not do that with Download App.
    Very bad replacement for Cnet tracker.
    Bad job CBS/Cnet!!!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "When it runs, seems to provide useful information"

    December 31, 2013  |  

    Version: Download App 1.6.1

    Pros

    When it runs, seems to provide useful information. Provides some updates that FileHippo Update Checker does not.

    Cons

    Regularly freezes or dies. Uninstalled and reinstalled several times. Did a reboot between each for good measure. So, it is not reliable. As a result, I have uninstalled it. Maybe I will try it again after a few more revisions are completed and I see some positive reviews. My system is Vista Home Professional.

    Summary

    Not reliable enough to keep installed. Dies more often than it works. Last eight tried -- froze every time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very needful application for my computer"

    December 30, 2013  |   By stevenmetcalfe

    Version: Download App 1.6.1

    Pros

    very needful application for my computer

    Cons

    I love it! Way better than the old Cnet download App.

    Summary

    Best free around now is FileHippo's Update Checker because it can take some little configuration and does not recommend updated for up to date apps

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It stops me working, totally unforgivable!"

    December 26, 2013  |   By oneillh

    Version: Download App 1.6.1

    Pros

    None. I could never see how to use it.

    Cons

    This runs itself on startup, and takes control of your computer. If, like me, you usually log on in order to do something, you will find that while you have been typing, this piece of rubbish will have opened a window on your screen, and your typing is going nowhere. So you close the window, and next time you check the screen, there it is again. It just keeps doing this. Very annoying. I deleted it.

    Summary

    Utter rubbish

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  • 1.0 stars

    "continually crashes on Vista"

    December 25, 2013  |   By emmphx

    Version: Download App 1.6.1

    Pros

    it worked great on other OSs

    Cons

    continually crashes on Vista

    Summary

    continually crashes on Vista

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