keep your friends close but your enemies closer
Published on November 14, 2012 By Anthony R In Personal Computing

cnet (Download.com) has always been a trusted site, but this morning their download hit me with a nasty hijack called browsemngr.exe. It hijacked all my browsers and it took me like 20 minutes to clean it all up. Watchout.

 

C:\ProgramData\Browser Manager\2.3.796.11\{16cdff19-861d-48e3-a751-d99a27784753}\browsemngr.exe

O23 - Service: Browser Manager - Unknown owner - C:\ProgramData\Browser Manager\2.3.796.11\{16cdff19-861d-48e3-a751-d99a27784753}\browsemngr.exe


Comments (Page 1)
on Nov 14, 2012

Did you get it downloading from the site or just visiting? 

Have you contacted them yet?

Not sure if this information will help anyone else but what browser are you running and what were the security setting?

on Nov 14, 2012

Just one more company turning to alternative methods to make a buck in this crap ass economy.

It's only going to get worse....

on Nov 14, 2012

With Cnet you don't get a direct download anymore, you have to download a setup to get your download, but this setup for Imgburn sent me the software, but it also sent me the malware with it.

on Nov 14, 2012

Ahhhh.  Have you looked at Major Geeks for downloading stuff?

on Nov 14, 2012

I gave up on c|net a couple years ago when they started bundling crapware with the downloads. Try Major Geeks or (my favorite) filehippo, both offer clean, free software downloads.

on Nov 14, 2012

Yeah, switching my bookmarks now. Out with Cnet, in with Major geeks.

on Nov 14, 2012

OR.................

 

..........................We could all try not downloading anything at all.. ever!!! 

 

nah...

on Nov 14, 2012

OR. we could all learn how to read the fine print and uncheck anything we don't want!

on Nov 14, 2012

vStyler
We could all try not downloading anything at all.. ever!!! 

What would I do with all the leftover space on my HDD?

on Nov 14, 2012

Oh there's plenty of companies that bypass the whole fine print\checkbox dealy...

Not sure on this one tho.. Haven t been to Cnet since like..2003.

 

It's pretty bad when the legit sites are installing more crap on peoples PC's than the nefarious ones. 

on Nov 14, 2012

vStyler
Just one more company turning to alternative methods to make a buck in this crap ass economy.

It's only going to get worse....

I'll certainly agree with that.

It's an inherent fault in the system. Originally, it was to help devs who were beginning and using that service to help keep themselves alive with money from 'bundled' downloads. Then search engine and home page switchers became part of 'the deal', and making money for folks who don't need that method. The Internet has become a far less friendly and more 'business' oriented thoroughfare.

Now I'd have to advise folks to avoid download.com like the plague. Filehippo and Majorgeeks are far more reliable and haven't 'bundled' or 'wrapped' their downloads... and frankly, deserve the business.

on Nov 15, 2012

DrJBHL
Now I'd have to advise folks to avoid download.com like the plague. Filehippo and Majorgeeks are far more reliable and haven't 'bundled' or 'wrapped' their downloads... and frankly, deserve the business.

True, Majorgeeks and FileHippo have provided good service and clean downloads for a very long time now, and surely deserve the business for not bowing to crapware dealers and the almighty dollar. 

The only time I end up at C-Net is when I click on a link regarding a hardware/software review.  Ever since it started bundling and proliferating crapware I've avoided their download section like the plague.  And there's no point trying to opt out the unwanted extras, so it seems.  A while back my sister downloaded a popular system cleaner from C-Net, opted out of the crapware but still ended up with a browser hijacker in Firefox and IE, with no way for her to avoid the hijacks/redirections. Even a system restore to an earlier time failed to resolve the issue for her, so she brought her rig to me to cleanse it.

on Nov 15, 2012

Must have been Win 7 Starkers...... it's Sys Rest. function has been complete crap since day 1.

on Nov 15, 2012

 

Frankief
OR. we could all learn how to read the fine print and uncheck anything we don't want!

This comment has a snooty tone, but it is a valid question. Yes I did uncheck the box but was hit regardless.

on Nov 15, 2012

vStyler
Must have been Win 7 Starkers...... it's Sys Rest. function has been complete crap since day 1.

No, actually, my sister's rig has Vista Pro on it, and generally she had not had issues with System Restore prior to that.  The problem was with the hijacker hooking into several areas of the registry and imitating system files, meaning that no matter how many times you perform a sysem restore you're replacing those bogus files.  The only way to get rid of the hijacker was/is to clean the registry of all those entries and purge any associated files from All Programs, Commom Files Windows System and Windows System 32.

Anthony R
This comment has a snooty tone, but it is a valid question. Yes I did uncheck the box but was hit regardless.

As did my sister.  Having explained to her the perils of toolbars, 'so-called' browser helpers and bundled software that's most often spyware and difficult to remove, she was/is rather more vigilant about bundled extras.  The thing was, while she was given the option to install the Babylon Browser Helper or not, there was no option provided for the ASK Toolbar, which was installed without consent.

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