Softonic is a download site similar to download.com. 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 commonly used for people to upload their malware, too. Despite the malware being distributed on Softonic, some products are legitimate programs and non-malicious. These products that can actually help rather than destroy the reputation of the website, but many people still think that everything distributed on the site is bad. While some products are helpful, most products available on the site are toolbars or bad/rogue antivirus tools. Softonic's motto is "Enjoy software!", but however only a quarter of the website is enjoyable software. Some malware cannot actually be removed by the owners of the site, one example being the rogue antivirus SpySheriff.
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 is not Softonic's fault 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The website is commonly accepted as containing malware, and although it may host some clean files, they are usually outdated.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.