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Softonic is a download site similar to CNET. The company was founded in Barcelona, Spain in 1997. On the website, the user can create an account and upload any of their software for public use. However, Softonic.com is most often used for people to upload their malware to. Despite the malware being distributed on Softonic, some products are legitimate programs and non-malicious. These products that are not vicious can actually help rather than destroy the reputation of the website. Many people can still find loopholes to the products and say everything is bad. But the main products of the site are toolbars or bad antivirus tools. Usually the mentions in google for softonic when typed say a lot of bad things. The page has a quote named "Enjoy software" which a quarter of the website is enjoyable pieces of software. The page can be messed around with malware which the owners can't remove.

Reputation as Malware

Softonic formerly bundled the malicious Softonic Toolbar with every download, becoming the administrator of their computer and changing the homepage/default search engine to Softonic.com, making it a browser hijacker. The malware that is currently uploaded to Softonic.com, however, is not faulty of Softonic itself in some cases.

Following the announcement of Scott Arpajian as the new CEO in February 2015, Softonic announced that it would immediately cease utilizing the Softonic Downloader as part of its "Clean and Safe" software initiative, and downloads would no longer include the Softonic Toolbar.

The website is commonly accepted as containing malware, and although it may host some clean files, they are usually outdated. As a result of this, and its previous reputation, the website's popularity has dropped.

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