Top 10 downloaded software on CNET contains malware
The CNET software platform is one of the biggest legal software provider on the internet. Thousands of users download their software from the CNET environment daily, but I wonder if they are aware that the CNET environment is serving malicious content.
During my online search for some free software, I noticed the Yet Another Cleaner software on the CNET environment.
The Yet Another Cleaner software claims to be a free system cleaner for Windows, it also claims that it is capable of blocking malware, adware, malicious plug-ins and other threats.
Before we decided to write this blog, we did a check on VirusTotal to verify if the file is actually malicious
The Yet Another Cleaner software is one of the most downloaded software packages on Cnet
This sounds great right? Here comes the big catch
The comment section on the CNET YAC page clearly shows how various users have had a bad experience with the Yet Another Cleaner software. Some users claim that the installation package contains malware, while other comments state that Yet Another Cleaner uses the resources of MalwareBytes. The MalwareBytes website even wrote a post about the Yet Another Cleaner malware.
In the picture above, you can clearly read that the user “Honest trailers” had an problem with the Yet Another Cleaner software after installing it.
The user “abcd12367” stated that the Yet Another Cleaner software uses files and resources from MalwareBytes, and the user also states that the detection rate is very bad.
Well, the comment above is very straight forward.
How to remove
Navigate to the MalwareBytes website and download their free antivirus scanner. The antivirus scanner is capable of removing the malicious YAC software from an infected device.