Besides SourceForge.net also popular Mac download site now bundles downloads with adware

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We’ve just posted the following news: Besides SourceForge.net also popular Mac download site now bundles downloads with adware[newsimage]http://static.myce.com//images_posts/2015/11/f1c263448a716f7b6e838629a316c462-95x75.png[/newsimage]

After SourceForge.net also the popular Apple Mac download site MacUpdate adds adware to the applications offered on the site. Downloads of popular software like Skype, Firefox and 1Password are automatically wrapped with an installer that adds additional software, a browser extensions and changes browser settings.

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#2

I find this weird. It seems like a counterproductive idea, at least when it comes to users who are savvy enough to realize that their downloads shouldn’t have unwanted software bundled with it. I mean, I guess it’s a last resort if you can’t find the official link (or the official link is down) but this seems like it will push people away from using the site again.

…Then again, there are app stores for many popular operating systems, and it’s easy enough to find unadulterated downloads, so this seems like a risk they were willing to take.


#3

Noticing what this did to SourceForge, I find it weird too. Loosing developers and visitors can not make up for short term gains afaic.


#4

Downloads of popular software like Skype, Firefox and 1Password are automatically wrapped with an installer that adds additional software, a browser extensions and changes browser settings.
This was already noted in when GIMP dumped SourceForge for loading their freeware with malware that got the Authors to remove all GIMP from SoureForge. That is where it got started - they tried to make a buck off other successful programs and found themselves at the receiving end and tried to cover-up their underhand tactics.

Users are advised to only download software from app stores or the official website of the software developer.
This couldn’t be a more smart advise to give out.