Chrome 17 tweaks speed, download security

Safer downloads and a cautious expansion of site pre-caching land in Chrome 17 today, continuing Google's two-tiered approach to browser speed and user safety.

Google Chrome 17 stable for Windows (download), Mac (download), Linux (download), and Chrome Frame includes a number of new extension APIs and security fixes.

As revealed in the Chrome 17 beta version, Chrome's safe browsing technology will now scan downloads as well as Web sites. It looks for known malware files, and... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Google , Chrome , malware , Windows software , downloads

Announcing the Top 11 Downloads of 2011...

Last year, we introduced our Top 10 Downloads of the Year lists, presenting the most popular Windows and Mac software on

In 2011, we've taken the honors up the proverbial notch with the Top 11 Downloads of 2011, featuring the 11 most popular software apps each for the Windows and Mac platforms, along with the 11 most popular programs in each of the 11 most popular categories in Windows and in Mac.

Security Software is unsurprisingly the... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows , Mac , Windows software , software , downloads

Updated: Mac Starter Kit

Now that your new Mac is set up and you have the Internet hooked up, how about some software? Out of the box, your Mac is loaded with cool apps to get you started on stuff like uploading and organizing your digital images, creating a music library, making your own movies, and surfing the Web. But it doesn't come with everything.

There are several apps Mac users count on every day that aren't included in the initial setup. To get you... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Mac , music , browsers , photos , images , utilities , email , software , downloads

Top 10 Mac downloads of 2010

To recognize the software programs that have excelled on the Most Popular list this year, CNET has compiled the total download counts for the products in the catalog for 2010. We've ranked the top-10 biggest, for both Windows and Mac.

Software publishers who receive the Top 10 Download of 2010 distinction will have the privilege of displaying their accomplishments to the world with a special badge designed to commemorate the achievement. Look for the Top 10 Download of... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Mac , 2010 , downloads

CNET TV: Top 5 worst downloads of summer 2008

Every few months, we like to playfully poke fun at some of the less successful software on the site. While there are countless great products created (and covered in this blog, hopefully) every week, these five software applications are not included in that group. These programs are the other sort of download software--the head-scratching variety.

We love you, software publishers, we really do. Some of your products...are another story.

Watch CNET TV's Tom Merritt count down this summer's list of the worst... Read More &raquo

Tags: Windows , Windows software , downloads

Daily Featured Freeware and MP3 of the Day

If you were fooled by my little April Fools' prank last week, don't feel too bad--so were two of the CNET software editors! After serving up that heaping helping of fake software, I did feel a bit guilty.

Luckily, I'll make it up to you this week with a much better April delivery: free software and music downloads.

Frequent visitors to may have noticed the new Free MP3 of the Day promotion that Music launched in January. The software... Read More &raquo

Tags: freeware , Windows , music , Windows software , software , downloads

Six best new downloads of 2008

On the first day of the new quarter, it's a good time to take a look back at the first three months of 2008 and expose some of the coolest software downloads that you might not know about. From innovative new games for your PC or mobile devices to creative accounting tools and invaluable utilities for Windows Vista 64-bit users, there's something in this list for all of you friendly PC users.

Onto the six best new downloads of 2008 ...

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Tags: Windows software , downloads

Top 5 worst downloads of 2007

On a regular basis, Mark Sikes and I comb the download catalog looking for the absolute worst downloads for Windows that we can find. We then turn over our findings to Tom Merritt at CNET TV, who turns our selections into a rousingly entertaining video.

The end-of-the-year edition is an especially exhaustive search. We have over 75,000 Windows products live on the site, and thousands more are submitted each week. Mark and I have done the dirty work so... Read More &raquo

Tags: Windows software , downloads

New year, new PC

Computing hope springs eternal every new year. Certainly 2008 will be the year we finally get our ducks in a row, right? No more in-boxes filled with hundreds of unread messages. No more junk files from apps uninstalled long ago. We'll keep adequate free space on our hard drives, and even defragment them regularly! (Well, at least for a month or two.)

For those of you who scored new PCs for Christmas or your year-end holiday of choice, it's literally a year of... Read More &raquo

Tags: Windows software , downloads

Top 10 most popular stories of 2007

At CNET, we're aware that the majority of users only visit the site when they want to download the latest version of a specific software title or a specific type of software, e.g. something to convert Flash videos for your iPod or PSP. However, aside from the trusted downloadable software, games, and music that billions of users have come to know and love, also produces a large amount of original content, whether it's from the editors... Read More &raquo

Tags: Windows software , news , software , downloads