What I have always done

Ever since Download.com was bought by CNET and CNET was bought by CBS, I have used the site for research and to get reviews which those I take with a grain of salt. The user reviews can be trusted to a point, the paid for reviews done by the CNET staff I read but never take that serious. If and when you find a program you like go to the developers site and download it from there. You have to click thru a couple of windows to find it but it is there and you can trust not to get any extra ad ware with it except what the developers have included.