Cnet only distributes the applications created by the developers; any ads, limitations, et cetera discovered within the program are put there by the developers of ASC, not Cnet.
As to ads on Cnet, they are created and paid for by the respective advertisers. The advertisers even select how frequently you see the ads, what pages you see the ads on, and how 'obtrusive' they are. Cnet puts limitations on it, but how far the ads go within those bounds is up to the advertisers, including the developers of ASC.
Finally, you can safely block all ads and cookies and still download software from Cnet. You just have to be careful not to make a rule too general (like "block cnet.com") and accidentally block legitimate content. The same goes for most websites. Unfortunately, it is something we must accept as individuals and companies look to profit from advertising, a move largely influenced by consumers' general reluctance to pay for products and services.
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