SourceForge’s New Installer Bundles Program Downloads With Adware

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If you have been downloading programs from SourceForge in the last days, you may have noticed that some do not provide you with direct downloads of the programs anymore. Instead, you download something called SourceForge Installer which bundles the software with third party offers used for monetization.

This is in fact similar to how some download portals are offering downloads right now. Programs like FileZilla or Hotspot Shield have joined SourceForge's DevShare program which is currently in beta. It aims to offer a new funding option for Open Source projects.

While that is a legitimate cause, it at the same time puts the site into a shady corner of the Internet right next to other illustrious sites such as The core difference here is that on SourceForge, software developers profit from the inclusion, while they do not profit at all from it on third party download sites.


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Re: SourceForge’s New Installer Bundles Program Downloads With Adware
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2013, 07:38:26 AM »
I had noticed that too when I tried to do a download from them recently. I'm always leary of places that insist you first download and install a special downloader tool. I think, "What are they hiding?" I got miffed enough to send Sourceforge an e-mail to complain. I tracked down the original publisher and went to them directly to get what I wanted without using that special tool.

You need to be extra diligent with anything you download online. There may be bundles added during the installation you'll need to watch out for too.
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