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    "3-1-13 http://www.almico.com/ Download366.com/SpeedFan"

    March 1, 2013  |   By Rene_Mank


    Click Link to Almico's Home Page for Download366.com link--Minimal add-ons are easy to decline. http://www.almico.com/


    Even SpeedFan's php, (http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php) will push a downloader that shoves invasive crap into your system WITHOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO DECLINE


    Warning! This link is good as of this posting, but most downloaders seem to turn evil quickly. It was quite an unpleasant surprise to find the host site's associated downloader had gone malicious in the same way as the one found here.
    On March 1, 2013, Download366.com only tried to load 3 add-ons, each of which was easy to decline. When the "Are you sure?" boxes pop open, telling you that you should "uninstall later" if you don't want CrapwareX, "please click continue" click CANCEL. You will soon receive SpeedFan, and SpeedFan only.
    If any program, app, what have you, installs anything you don't want, tries to hide any process, tries to scare you, or tries to prevent you from stopping its unwelcome operation, it IS malware. Props to Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (PRO) for blocking the sites. Bad on me for ignore-listing the perpetrators. This particular crap attack shut down my browser and installed a half dozen items, one of which even hijacked task manager while its sibling attacked my registry with a "free" "scan", popping up decoy boxes with non responsive close buttons. I had to manually uninstall items I wasn't permitted to decline and restart my system, only to find that SpeedFan was not downloaded, installed, or even offered.
    If these sorts of things happen to you, please let whomever--CNET, Almico, and alfredo@almico.com, in this case, know. They don't want this crap using them and degrading their perceived value any more than you want it on your PC.

    Once Again, as of March 1, 2013, I suggest Download366.com/SpeedFan found at http://www.almico.com/

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  • Reply by AJ North on March 20, 2013

    Sadly, after CBS, Inc. (no relation to what was once the Columbia Broadcasting System, for those old enough to know what that was) acquired CNET, the new owners began to embrace what might be called the "marketplace morality" that has tainted capitalism in the U.S., and began to include crapware ('garbageware' might be a more appropriate term) with their downloads.

    Which is why I only use CNET as a reference (and for users' reviews), but no longer download from them -- EVER; instead, I download from Softpedia (who ALWAYS flag software the contains potentially unwanted 'extras' and, whenever possible, provide clean -- or 'slim' -- versions), FileHippo Major Geeks or the vendor's site.

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