Hello, downloaders!

The new CNET Download.com Installer

We want to let you know about a change you'll start to see when you download software from us over the next few weeks. CNET Download.com recently started using a new piece of software to help deliver our downloads. This new software is called the CNET Download.com Installer and it adds an extra layer of security and reliability to downloads that come from CNET.

In addition to making our downloads more secure, it has extra features like the ability to pause a download and launch the software installer immediately after it's finished downloading. We'll also be able to show you software recommendations and special offers through the CNET Download.com Installer, including some that are only available to CNET users.

We will continue to provide a direct download link for our users who do not wish to use the CNET Download.com Installer for their downloads. We simply ask that users log in to access the direct link, which helps prevent abuse of the services we provide.

Thank you for continuing to use CNET Download.com as your trusted source for safe, secure, and spyware-free downloads. For more information about the CNET Download.com Installer please read our FAQ.

Julie is managing editor of Download.com and has been cooking up tech editorial since 1996.