CNET infecting my computer on purpose
by 74hodag - 8/18/11 8:57 PM
I just downloaded an nVidia driver for my computer using CNET. This new CNET installer thing pops up and tells me I should install the StartNow toolbar, make MSN my homepage and use Bing as my default search engine. I unchecked the boxes that offered those things and proceeded with the install, not thinking for a single moment that CNET wouldn't honor my request to not install this crap.
After my download completed and the software installed I rebooted, opened Firefox and guess what.....you guessed it, there was the StartNow toolbar, Bing in place of Google as my default search engine and MSN as my homepage.
So, I did a bit of checking and found out that the StartNow toolbar is classified as malicious spyware here: spywaredb.com/remove-startnow-hyperbar/
Thanks a lot CNET. You can bet I will stop all my CNET newsletters and I will NEVER come to this site again. I have used CNET for many years way back to the Windows 95 era, but this is the end. Never again will my browser grace your site and I will also tell all my friends & customers (I'm a computer tech) to stay away.
Note: This post was edited by a forum moderator to disable auto-linking to dangerous website on 08/19/2011 at 9:10 AM PT