Internet/Network Security/extractor


Is it safe to download software and programs from this website:

I download the universal extracvtor.

While some stuff on CNET's site is legitimate and safe for download, some of it is not. Unfortunately you have no way to tell whether or not what you're downloading is safe until you install it. Most freeware from that site also distributes bloatware (toolbars and other intrusive software) that I would recommend staying away from. I would personally recommend 7zip as an extractor as it handles every compression type that I can imagine. It can also be downloaded directly from the developer HERE. I use it on my own PCs and have never had a problem with it. It is also free. If you go ahead with the CNET software, I would highly recommend scanning it with anti-virus software and installing it carefully to be sure it's not installing any extra components that you do not want.



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