Cnet dealing Malware

By on November 14, 2012 9:40:09 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Anthony R

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cnet (Download.com) has always been a trusted site, but this morning their download hit me with a nasty hijack called browsemngr.exe. It hijacked all my browsers and it took me like 20 minutes to clean it all up. Watchout.

 

C:\ProgramData\Browser Manager\2.3.796.11\{16cdff19-861d-48e3-a751-d99a27784753}\browsemngr.exe

O23 - Service: Browser Manager - Unknown owner - C:\ProgramData\Browser Manager\2.3.796.11\{16cdff19-861d-48e3-a751-d99a27784753}\browsemngr.exe

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November 14, 2012 9:50:02 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Did you get it downloading from the site or just visiting? 

Have you contacted them yet?

Not sure if this information will help anyone else but what browser are you running and what were the security setting?

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November 14, 2012 10:01:52 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Just one more company turning to alternative methods to make a buck in this crap ass economy.

It's only going to get worse....

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November 14, 2012 10:08:28 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

With Cnet you don't get a direct download anymore, you have to download a setup to get your download, but this setup for Imgburn sent me the software, but it also sent me the malware with it.

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November 14, 2012 10:17:50 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Ahhhh.  Have you looked at Major Geeks for downloading stuff?

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November 14, 2012 10:28:37 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I gave up on c|net a couple years ago when they started bundling crapware with the downloads. Try Major Geeks or (my favorite) filehippo, both offer clean, free software downloads.

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November 14, 2012 10:31:45 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Yeah, switching my bookmarks now. Out with Cnet, in with Major geeks.

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November 14, 2012 11:10:01 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

OR.................

 

..........................We could all try not downloading anything at all.. ever!!! 

 

nah...

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November 14, 2012 11:18:51 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

OR. we could all learn how to read the fine print and uncheck anything we don't want!

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November 14, 2012 11:23:56 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting vStyler,
We could all try not downloading anything at all.. ever!!! 

What would I do with all the leftover space on my HDD?

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November 14, 2012 11:24:35 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Oh there's plenty of companies that bypass the whole fine print\checkbox dealy...

Not sure on this one tho.. Haven t been to Cnet since like..2003.

 

It's pretty bad when the legit sites are installing more crap on peoples PC's than the nefarious ones. 

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November 14, 2012 11:38:29 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting vStyler,
Just one more company turning to alternative methods to make a buck in this crap ass economy.

It's only going to get worse....

I'll certainly agree with that.

It's an inherent fault in the system. Originally, it was to help devs who were beginning and using that service to help keep themselves alive with money from 'bundled' downloads. Then search engine and home page switchers became part of 'the deal', and making money for folks who don't need that method. The Internet has become a far less friendly and more 'business' oriented thoroughfare.

Now I'd have to advise folks to avoid download.com like the plague. Filehippo and Majorgeeks are far more reliable and haven't 'bundled' or 'wrapped' their downloads... and frankly, deserve the business.

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November 15, 2012 12:31:13 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
Now I'd have to advise folks to avoid download.com like the plague. Filehippo and Majorgeeks are far more reliable and haven't 'bundled' or 'wrapped' their downloads... and frankly, deserve the business.

True, Majorgeeks and FileHippo have provided good service and clean downloads for a very long time now, and surely deserve the business for not bowing to crapware dealers and the almighty dollar. 

The only time I end up at C-Net is when I click on a link regarding a hardware/software review.  Ever since it started bundling and proliferating crapware I've avoided their download section like the plague.  And there's no point trying to opt out the unwanted extras, so it seems.  A while back my sister downloaded a popular system cleaner from C-Net, opted out of the crapware but still ended up with a browser hijacker in Firefox and IE, with no way for her to avoid the hijacks/redirections. Even a system restore to an earlier time failed to resolve the issue for her, so she brought her rig to me to cleanse it.

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November 15, 2012 3:06:46 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Must have been Win 7 Starkers...... it's Sys Rest. function has been complete crap since day 1.

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November 15, 2012 4:06:37 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

 

Quoting Frankief,
OR. we could all learn how to read the fine print and uncheck anything we don't want!

This comment has a snooty tone, but it is a valid question. Yes I did uncheck the box but was hit regardless.

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November 15, 2012 5:26:19 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting vStyler,
Must have been Win 7 Starkers...... it's Sys Rest. function has been complete crap since day 1.

No, actually, my sister's rig has Vista Pro on it, and generally she had not had issues with System Restore prior to that.  The problem was with the hijacker hooking into several areas of the registry and imitating system files, meaning that no matter how many times you perform a sysem restore you're replacing those bogus files.  The only way to get rid of the hijacker was/is to clean the registry of all those entries and purge any associated files from All Programs, Commom Files Windows System and Windows System 32.

Quoting Anthony R,
This comment has a snooty tone, but it is a valid question. Yes I did uncheck the box but was hit regardless.

As did my sister.  Having explained to her the perils of toolbars, 'so-called' browser helpers and bundled software that's most often spyware and difficult to remove, she was/is rather more vigilant about bundled extras.  The thing was, while she was given the option to install the Babylon Browser Helper or not, there was no option provided for the ASK Toolbar, which was installed without consent.

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November 15, 2012 5:49:03 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Frankief,
OR. we could all learn how to read the fine print and uncheck anything we don't want!

NEWS FLASH! Most of us here at WC and JU know both how to read, and how to place or remove a checkmark in a tiny box.

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November 15, 2012 9:00:06 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

I don't.

I am shamed.

Uncheck this box if you are not shamed:

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November 15, 2012 12:26:24 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jythier,
I don't.

I am shamed.

Uncheck this box if you are not shamed 

My eraser not workin'!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!

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November 15, 2012 12:53:07 PM from GUIChamps Forums GUIChamps Forums

Quoting Frankief,
OR. we could all learn how to read the fine print and uncheck anything we don't want!
Wasn't meant to be snotty but so many folks still do not bother to read the EULA and just click away when installing. I just spent the last three weeks cleaning up machines for friends and relatives that learned that lesson the hard way. If you are downloading from what you once believed to be a "safe" site I can see where this could happen and yes I do understand sometimes even if you do it right, you end up with something you did not want. I recently updated Avast on the XP machine I am building for my grandson and got Google Chrome without nary a prompt from the install. You just can't be too careful these days.

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November 15, 2012 1:06:19 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Frankief,
I recently updated Avast on the XP machine I am building for my grandson and got Google Chrome without nary a prompt from the install.

My mother has had the same thing happen to her twice with Avast which is otherwise an excellent AV program. Now she waits and I do all her updating for her.

I agree, it is just too easy to click ok, ok, ok right into a real mess.

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November 15, 2012 2:08:30 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
The real problem is that everyone sometimes misses the checkbox. It can and does happen. Rip off companies, such as C|Net count on this then blame you for not unchecking the box. They aren't stupid but are willing to believe you are. So, just avoid them and don't give them your clicks so they go out of business.
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November 15, 2012 2:20:54 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Site like that count on you NOT looking over the fine print before you download, or for you being a total computer inept, and clicking yes to everything. So read over EVERYTHING, and don't click anything until you know exactly what you are getting. If in doubt DO NOT download it, or click it.

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November 15, 2012 5:08:58 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Just downloaded an update to my favorite zip file extractor, ExtractNow this morning and for the first time ever, there was a toolbar bundled with the download. Guess times are a changing! Funny thing about that bundle of Chrome with Avast, on my Win 7 machine I was offered the option to not install but not so on the XP machine.

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November 16, 2012 2:41:22 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Fell victim to it as well.  I did not realize what was going on at first, so it took me almost an hour.  I will never trust that site again.

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November 16, 2012 3:33:59 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Now you have to uncheck installing Mcafee Security Scan when you update Java. Everyone uses Java. It's annoying.

 

If I'm googling for downloads I avoid using cnet links.

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