Safe Download Site??

Job one is installing the Miditzer and getting it configured
Post Reply
rbruce1314
Newbie
Posts: 2
Joined: Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:23 am
Spam Stopper: theatre organ
How many Style 216 did Wurlitzer make?: 12

Safe Download Site??

Post by rbruce1314 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:39 am

Yesterday I decided to install the miditzer 216. I was directed to CNET as the only download site.

Downloaded, went to install - wisely opened "custom install" and declined the toolbar, search engine etc and everything else.

Despite that, I got infested with malware - free games, site changers etc., and spent over two hours - doing a system restore first (I had sensibly taken advice to install a mini-program which creates a restore point in W7 every midnight) - didn't cure the browser fault but got rid of the junk - replacing the browser profile (totally unsuccessfully....) then uninstalled/reinstalled Firefox (nothing doing) finally going back to a 6 month old completely out-of-date profile which actually worked - but then needed everything (bmks, addons etc.) refreshing.........

End of sob-story: but:
1.It 's a warning to others not to trust CNET - I later looked on the net and it seems that malware bundled into innocent downloads (by CNET not the developers) is now a very common feature with them and the 'good' advice is to avoid CNET altogether.

2. Is there another download site I can try? Filehippo don't have it and I can't find anywhere else.

Please anyone? Any safe copies around?

User avatar
Jim Henry
Admin Group
Posts: 6134
Joined: Mon May 23, 2005 11:44 pm
Spam Stopper: theatre organ
How many Style 216 did Wurlitzer make?: 12
Location: United States

Re: Safe Download Site??

Post by Jim Henry » Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:38 am

Sorry to hear of the bad experience through CNET. I wasn't happy when they added the "download helper" that piggybacked advertising on the Miditzer download. However, I understand the need to pay the bills and download.com does get the Miditzer out to a lot more people than VirtualOrgan.com can. But I am surprised that a CNET download would bring along malware. I suspect that someone has hacked the CNET site to cause that.

Anyway, a direct download is available here:
http://www.virtualorgan.com/downloads/d ... 4&iType=17

It should be about a 4.3Mb download.
Jim Henry

rbruce1314
Newbie
Posts: 2
Joined: Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:23 am
Spam Stopper: theatre organ
How many Style 216 did Wurlitzer make?: 12

Re: Safe Download Site??

Post by rbruce1314 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:11 am

Thanks for that link Jim - I'll get it immediately.

The worrying thing was that even after restoring both Avast AND, later, Malwarebytes, both of which had got disabled (yes,really, it was that bad...), my weekly Spybot check turned up two MORE unwanted programs hidden in the program file folder - and missed not only by System restore but also Avast (when reinstalled) and Malwarebytes (when reactivated). It's really nasty stuff and CNET really should be doing something before their reputation gets ruined for good.

I'm fine now thanks to you, but could the .exe files be hosted by Filehippo as well, which still has a perfect reputation?

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests