Welcome, Mr. Palant,
The default preference is to send you newsletter updates via email regarding software you have downloaded from Cnet in the past, as well as a few generic newsletters. However, you can opt-out of all of them through your Cnet member profile, utilizing the preferences under both Newsletters (for most newsletters) and My Lists (for download-related notifications).
As to upload.com, I agree it is not a trivial process, even after the most recent site redesign. Such is especially true with software such as AdBlock Plus, which is regularly updated. Thankfully, though, Mozilla offers both a secure site for finding Firefox extensions and a built-in extension updater. As someone with over 100 installed extensions (largely developer- and penetration-related), I find them far more convenient than using Cnet's repositories.
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