CNET’s Distributes Crapware | Jeff Morris |

The installer wraps a bunch of crapware when it is used to install certain programs. But it doesn’t end there. CNET allows individual installers with bundled crapware through too.


Perhaps some definitions are in order. While terms like adware, crapware, spyware, junkware…etc. each have “official” definitions, let’s not argue semantics. In the end, it’s all the same, extra junk on your computer that you don’t want, and is detrimental to your system and your privacy.


Unfortunately bundling crapware is an industry wide practice. The public doesn’t seem to want to pay a fair price for a piece of software, so developers, if they want to make money, need to bundle in this stuff into their installers. You’ll also find the same type of practice on other download sites like Softpedia, Filehippo and others.


Recommendation: Go to the source of the software and, hopefully, you can download the software directly - although in some cases, the developer still directs you to one of the common download sites.


If you must download from a common site, pay close attention during the installation process. You will likely need to uncheck options that would indicate your agreement to install crapware. Also, pay special attention to tricky wording meant to deceive you.