I am rebuilding my computer. Today I tried to download PDF Creator at SourceForge. AVG was an incipient attachment that refused to go away. I flipped both groups off. CNET had two lice stuck to another PDF (free) download. I thought I shook them, but hopefully, did it in the Uninstall section of Windows.
I might tolerate this aggressive intrusion, but the main reason for doing my re-install was to clean out uninvited crap. And, I hate doing new computers. I still have to get AVG out of another computer--and I have no idea how it got there. A search has revealed that AV nuisance to be more than happy to infest a computer. G** knows! They are experts in the subject.
I do this for a living, if I find a program becomes too intrusive e.g. "AVG Free", I find something else to move to e.g. "MS Security Essentials" is far less irritating and I dont get loads of people phoning me and asking me if AVG is still
free (every bloody year). I dont blame the end-users, I blame AVG for making it so difficult to upgrade to the latest version (that they are hassling you to do) and still keep the free version.
As far as CNET and Download.com (owned by CNET) are concerned - they are a bunch of scummy arseholes. They actually peddle Malware and shitware to people now (I wont provide links obviously). Avoid their website at all costs and find somewhere else to download the program.
Its basically routine nowadays to have to "un-tick" some bit of "free" shitware with almost every free piece of software on the market now e.g. all Adobe products.
Also I would suggest uninstalling every single item installed that has the word "bar" in it, if its a toolbar its junk at best and malware at worst.
The days of easily installing good-quality free software without shit being bolted on has gone I am afraid - you now have to be far more careful when installing things than just 2-years ago.