serving up malware a.k.a. C|Net is no longer a safe location to download programs, because it now wraps the software in a Trojan Installer, detected as malware by major Anti-Virus programs.

This story was first reported back in August on the ExtremeTech site, when VLC was "trojanised" by See " wraps downloads in bloatware, lies about motivations"

Now it has re-emerged, because another well-known program used by Computer Security testers (nmap) has also been "trojanised" by

I've just discovered that C|Net's Download.Com site has started wrapping their Nmap downloads (as well as other free software like VLC) in a trojan installer which does things like installing a sketchy "StartNow" toolbar, changing the user's default search engine to Microsoft Bing, and changing their home page to Microsoft's MSN.

The installer is actually detected as malware:

In fact, if we UPX-unpack the Trojan CNet executable and send it to, it is detected as malware by Panda, McAfee, F-Secure, etc: VirusTotal

That link will redirect you to for the test results.

Looks like is no longer a safe place to go, for any downloads.