Free M4a to MP3 Converter User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Lots and lots and lots of spyware/adware"

    July 24, 2014  |   By srbu

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    It converts, but there are much better options, I ended up with this because I was in a real hurry to convert to mp3 and send it to someone and this showed up at top in google search.

    Cons

    It is bundled with lots and lots of spyware and adware. I remember declining every offer of extra program, yet I ended up with 5 unwanted programs and Norton was constantly poping up warnings of spyware while this installation was going on. I could safely remove 4 out of 5 unwanted programs, but one program would never leave, it was called 'enformation'. It won't uninstall, I had to do system restore. Even then its remanants were in program files, which I had to manually remove.

    Can't believe cnet has this program. I always thought cnet checks for spyware/malware before approving it on their website.

    Summary

    DO NOT INSTALL

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Lots crap-ware and doesn't work for me."

    July 6, 2014  |   By Mikeymikemikey

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    Didn't work. Tried to convert ma4 files to Mp3, took one second to do, so something seemed wrong. played them and windows media player couldn't open them. I have a codec pack so nothing wrong there.

    Cons

    Always, always decline to special offers in Cnet installer, and always, and I mean always, click custom install, to make sure tool-bars and other crap-ware aren't in there too.

    Summary

    Be careful people, it's free for a reason.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Messed up my PC with browser hijacking software!"

    June 29, 2014  |  

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    Previous version was good. I made the mistake of trying to download the newest version. Don't know if this is any good because I'm still trying to fix all the issues installing it created so I wanted to warn others of it too. Grr...

    Cons

    As someone else says in their review, it tries its best to install everything else in the universe at the same time. I thought I managed to navigate around all of those, but no. Something called trovi.com slithered its way onto my system, hijacked every browser's search settings and disabled the possibility of changing default search engines. It had installed some kind of Search Protect or something like that, which 'protects' your search settings so they can't be changed - in other words a whole new program that makes sure you can't change their hijacked settings back to what you want. Disgusting tactics.

    Summary

    I hate these kinds of software piggybacking things. I appreciate that they are giving away a free program and are trying to get something back but this kind of thing is REALLY annoying. I'd say it's akin to vandalism, wilfully causing me damage.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This Is A Download "Caddy" - BEWARE !!!!"

    June 24, 2014  |   By cdcollura

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    Nice program if you AVOID making the mistake of clicking on the "install" options - Just install this program (it's tricky). Awesome otherwise and very handy (does MP3 and WAV).

    Cons

    If you click the "continue" prompts, then you'll install money grubbing malware and nagging prompts you'll NEVER be able to cleanly remove from your PC !!! I assumed these were legit - and foolish me assuming it was, because it was on CNet's site ... Got halfway through it and realized I was installing junk and not the converter and (in a panic) I closed the installer (which is called an installer 'caddy', which installs MANY other things)! Two weeks later, the malware was gone, and windows had to be re-installed ... BEWARE !!!!

    Summary

    CNet's publisher gave this a good review ... OK ... You do know this download is a "caddy" that installs (potentially) MANY other programs other than the converter? Please put that WARNING in your description!!! I did...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "TRICKS YOU INTO INSTALLING BAD SOFTWARE"

    June 20, 2014  |   By emdeewee

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    SOFTWRE DIDN'T EVEN WORK

    Cons

    MALWARE MALWARE MALWARE

    Summary

    I FIND IT ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE THAT A WEBSITE LIKE CNET ALLOWS FOR THESE PRACTISES WITHIN HER DOMAIN. I SPENT 3,5 HOURS SWEATING, RIDDING MY LAPTOP OF TROVI SEARCH, MALWARE SH*T WHICH PLANTS ITSELF DEEP INTO YOUR SYSTEM. ONE SECOND OF NEGLIGENCE COST ME ALMOST 4 HOURS. DISPICABLE.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works, but BE CAREFUL!!! MALWARE"

    June 19, 2014  |   By blazerino

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    Works easily and well once installed.

    Cons

    Decline decline decline, then decline again. Two different windows with multiple choices where you have to watch out for installing malware of all sorts. They make it look like the decline button is greyed out (it is not) then the keep stating that you click on accept (to install malware) in order for installation to proceed. When in doubt, say NO!

    Summary

    Good luck. Read each window very very carefully during installation.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Program - with Malware CAUTION"

    June 13, 2014  |   By rgronenb

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    Does the trick when it comes to converting files but keep your Malwarebytes program handy. Once malware was blocked, no problems encountered. Converted a ton of files to MP3 with ease.

    Cons

    Malware and constant sales pitches for other software. Just be careful.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DON'T INSTALL!!! This software gives malware!!!"

    June 11, 2014  |   By uh2l

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    I think the good reviews are by the creators of the malware. DO NOT INSTALL.

    I can't believe CNET let this on their site.

    Cons

    IMPOSSIBLE TO REMOVE MALWARE, LOTS OF THINGS TO MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO UNINSTALL

    Summary

    DON'T USE.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Exactly what I wanted"

    June 9, 2014  |   By bnorml01

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    Does exactly what I wanted it to do without any issues

    Cons

    None that I found for free software.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It gave me malware"

    June 7, 2014  |   By CTWayne

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    Don't know of any. My Avast free antivirus notified me the site had malware and it stopped the download. Too late.

    Cons

    The download process put the trovi browser hijacker on my laptop (chrome). I have spent 3 hours trying to get rid of it--so far unsuccessfully. I have always trusted CNET before, but I am shocked it would put a download on its site that includes a hijacker. I later accomplished the conversion using itunes.

    Summary

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS mp3 CONVERTER!

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