Download.com has always been a trusted site to find and download a plethora of software programs in any category and know that your download would be free of any malware or crapware. Unfortunately, according to this article, that era is over.
The article describes how the new CNET downloader is full of potential traps, but even if you manage to dodge them, you will still get unwanted software installed on your computer.
Should you decide to bypass their downloader, you aren’t out of the woods. The article describes that any download that begins with “cbsidlm” is still infected.
We encourage you to read the article and look at the screenshots carefully. While Download.com may still have some value in helping you to explore your options in a particular software category, it appears that it is no longer a safe place to download from.