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

VirusTotal result
VirusTotal result

Report on VirusTotal

SHA256: be03204e3fb871e547114597d759095d4dc9038ba2e44e37e2bef606aaf77d36

The Yet Another Cleaner software is one of the most downloaded software packages on Cnet

CNET downloads
CNET downloads

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.

Do not download this
Do not download this

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.

It steals information from MalwareBytes
It steals information from MalwareBytes

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.

It is a very nasty virus.
It is a very nasty virus.

Well, the comment above is very straight forward.

My pc got infected after installing the "Yet Another Cleaner" software
My pc got infected after installing the “Yet Another Cleaner” software
It only freezes my Windows pc.
It only freezes my Windows pc.
The file contains an virus.
The file contains an virus.

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.

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