The CNET reply is preposterous on par with the practice it is explaining. Already your mindset is corrupted to the point that it is beyond repair probably.
You are arguing, that although you are adding crap to the downloads, (mine had a disclaimer guarantied virus free) but if the customer is careful and suspecting enough there is a non-disclosed way to circumnavigate your crap, so it is OK for you to bundle such.
You are infected with the Corporate virus. Shame on you.