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...The real problem here however is that the web installer is pushing the Babylon toolbar. Users who do not pay attention to the download process will install the Babylon Toolbar, make Babylon their default search engine and homepage of their browsers.

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...Now, things have taken a turn for the worse: Cnet has begun wrapping downloads in a proprietary installer.

Wrapping installers is a terrible practice. For one thing, it can be a violation of a program’s distribution terms — but Download.com has no doubt ensured that its TOS states that if you let them mirror your files you’re giving them free reign. It’s also a serious slap in the face to users, who wind up not with a clean, genuine version of the installer they tried to download but a modified beast that shoves toolbars, home page, and default search engines changes down their throats.

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Update: Not every program is currently being wrapped — but they will be wrapped once a new version of a program is uploaded and distributed via Download.com.

As of the Extreme Tech article.

So when a new version of Mbam is released at Download.com it will be, unless Malwarebytes signs up for a premium subscription.

http://cnet-upload.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2064

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As of the Extreme Tech article.

So when a new version of Mbam is released at Download.com it will be, unless Malwarebytes signs up for a premium subscription.

http://cnet-upload.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2064

That's really disturbing. What gives them the right to do this??? I'm gonna tell everyone to use File Hippo now. Lets see how long it takes for companies to file lawsuits. :o:angry:

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