I downloaded freeware from softpedia. Right on the site page it indicated the site had been tested and was free of any spyware, malware or viruses. The instant I hit the download button I started getting repeated active X control errors like 5 per second. I shut my computer down when I brought it up I saw the icons on my desktop had tripled. I deleted everything I saw that downloaded but I am still having some pretty ugly issues with my computer. I will never download anything from a third-party vendor again.
I have had nothing much other than bad luck with Softpedia dot com. Real one, for Windows 6.5 Mobile had a virus. Supposedly, it could only be installed after it was "extracted" on the desktop. It would install a "Real 1" logo icon on the phone and the desktop, but no working media player. Instead, it installed a virus that was able to use my emails to mass mail all of my contacts and, had stolen all of my saved passwords and debit card info and sent that to an email dump. This most recent time it was a downloaded free game app for windows, "Air Strike 3D," which is packing a variant of the Zeus trojan.It is a garbage site you really need to stay away from. I mean, if they lie and say they virus scan the apps they offer for downloading, where are these real viruses I have gotten from these apps coming from?It is an untrustworthy site. Downloader be warned!If you want safe downloads go to C-net's Downloads dot com; I have never had problems with their site.
I went to download a driver for a sony webcam, And softpedia downloaded virus, computer takeover, ad ware, and toolbar, without prompting me for permission, that had nothing to do with the driver software i clicked on.
I tried to download a simple file utility via this site and it wouldn't let me save the file but instead I could only run it, and when I did, it tried doing all sorts of dodgy things to my computer, including adjusting loads of registry entries! Everything it tried to do was completely irrelevant to what I was trying to download and I ended up blocking it. I downloaded the file from elsewhere and it was quick and simple and the new site allowed me to simply save the file, no writing stuff to my registry and no trying to takeover my computer like the download on softpedia! So unless you're happy to gamble with your computer and online security, then don't download anything from this site - you have been warned!
My first download was paired with malware. Below is a copy of my report to Symantec, the makers of Norton Internet Security. It took three calls to Norton and about three hour total until their helpful support reps succeeded to completely remove this nasty piece of Malware described below. I will stay away from this site from now on and my advise for you is to do the same!"Every time I start the computer Im getting the message that NORTON is handling a threat from SecurityRisk. Downldr, then informs me that either the attack was blocked or that the risk was removed.Notable is the fact that each time the location of the executable file on my hard drive listed by Norton A/V is a different one. Also, the. Exe file name is different each time the one after my previous start of the computer was whiteusnew. Exe. This event started to occur after I deleted an annoying little piece of software entitled START SAVIN that was downloaded without warning while I was downloading Revo Uninstaller from a site called SoftPedia. These attacks started the first time I started my computer after removing START SAVIN from my hard drive with Revo Uninstaller Pro.However, there must be something that this malware has installed on my computer which triggers its action each time I start the computer. Moreover, whenever Im using the Internet, I am still getting pop-ups from START SAVIN even though, since deleted, its name does no longer show in either ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS of Windows or REVO Uninstaller!? Obviously this malware action hinders the availability of my computer until this attack has been resolved.I scanned the computer with Norton Anti Virus and BitDefender, 3 times each, with no result. Please help. Thanks."COPY OF NORTON REPORTFilename: file_to_run*******. ExeThreat name: SecurityRisk. DownldrFull Path: c:\users\steve\appdata\local\temp\file_to_run*******. Exe____________________________DetailsFew Users, Very New, Risk HighOriginDownloaded fromUnknownActivityActions performed: 2____________________________On computers as of3/3/2014 at 3:34:37 PMLast Used3/3/2014 at 3:36:37 PMStartup ItemNoLaunchedYes___________________________Few UsersFewer than 100 users in the Norton Community have used this file.Very NewThis file was released less than 1 week ago.HighThis file risk is high.Threat type: Security Risk. Programs that pose a security or privacy risk and are not already classified as malicious.____________________________Source: External MediaSource File:File_to_run*******. Exe____________________________File ActionsEvent: Running process: c:\users\steve\appdata\local\temp\ file_to_run*******. Exe TerminatedInfected file: c:\users\steve\appdata\local\temp\ file_to_run*******. Exe Removed____________________________File Thumbprint - SHA:35dd6757fa242b0beef890dd4e750eba2e164d2ace*******e*******f9da2f3a0File Thumbprint - MD5:Not available
Softpedia is the best of one of a few safe websites for locating and downloading freeware and shareware applications. What really impresses me is Softpedia provides the links, mirrors and files wth no wrappers containing PuP's (potentialy unwanted and/or malicious programs). When you download a file from Softpedia you can be assured you are not recieving any other uneccesary programs in the process.I found Softpedia after C/Net's Download.com began forcing software developers to accept their proprietary wrappers, but that's another review. Softpedia is a breeze to use being one of the most user friendly websites of it's kind on the internet. The navigation is graphically based and is as easy to use as any modern day operating system. Kudos to Softpedia for usability and honesty!
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