The Download.com Installer is software developed to assist users in running the software they have downloaded. In Step 2 of the process, the Download.com Installer may offer additional, optional trial or free software. Because of these additional software offers, a small number of security publishers have flagged the Download.com Installer as adware or a potentially unwanted application.
Well, that's some shady shit. Obviously if it may
be unwanted, then it isn't a false positive. And the direct download link nonsense is also suspect.
1. If at all possible, get any program you download directly from the maker of said program. Neuber STM has the install exe, and JUST the program install, right on their webpage. They even have a zip if you want to run it without
installing, which is pretty rare. Not necessary to go to CNET. Third parties love to piggyback installations with their bullshit, and while CNET used to be an ok mirror for lots of files, it isn't anymore. They are deceptive.
2. If getting it from a third party is your only option, pay attention
to the install options. Check in custom. There's almost always "a great new service" or "quick answers with our new search option!" in the program install that's really just more bullshit; that being said, there's almost always a box that lets you NOT install it.
It isn't just third parties anymore, quite a few free progs we all know and love are loaded with this stuff.
Gotta be cautious out there fellers.