Trustworthiness of downloads
There was a time, not sooo many years ago, when everyone who used the internet was out to do good for the other users. Then, money and "vandals" got involved and matters turned downright nasty in many cases. Unfortunately, there is no way for the unaided individual to know in advance if you've come across a "virtuous" doner of software or a knave who'se out to get you in one way or another. Fortunately, there are many advisors available and they are members of the group trying to do good. Cnet certainly belongs to the do-gooders. Before carelessly downloading, reading reviews of software is the only way to know reliably about how trustworthy it is. The number of downloads can be very misleading--just because others may have fallen into a trap, it doesn't mean that you should blindly follow them. A good review doesn't only tell you if a program is trustworthy but also it lets you know just what you can expect from the program. Thanks to many excellent reviews I've read before downloading, I've saved myself countless hours of wasted time, getting and learning programs that, in the end, would have turned out not to do what I needed or expected of them. If such a program had been downloaded, even if "trustworthy" (no viruses or spyware etc.) it leaves its scars on the internal workings of my computer.
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