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CNET Adwords on old Product?

CNET are now running an Adwords campaign promoting a very old version of my software which results in their ad showing up on the front page of the Google results for one of my key search terms.

They have bundled my old product with the CNET installer that dumps all manner of crap on users machine.

Having long since given up on download sites as means of promoting software, I'm not clear what to do. In some respects it could be argued that I'm getting at least some benefits from this, as the CNET installer does at least make it clear that CNET are installing the crud. The old product itself has plenty of links to my site so it is likely to be driving some additional traffic to my page.

What would you do if CNET were doing this with an old version of your product?
Andrew Gibson Send private email
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Robert Ellison Send private email
Sunday, June 23, 2013
We cannot totally ignore CNET.

Recently they added "Other products to consider" section on each product listing. Now, many more users are downloading my products from Download.com due to this change.
Gautam Jain Send private email
Monday, June 24, 2013
Just thought I would give you a directly link to check "Other products to consider section"


Gautam Jain Send private email
Monday, June 24, 2013
> We cannot totally ignore CNET.

Download.com never got me any meaningful traffic & maybe I'd find this harder if they did but I definitely want to ignore them, permanently. What they're doing now sullies the entire CNET brand and damages the whole desktop software ecosystem. Honestly if I worked there I would have quit when they started wrapping everyone's installers in their crap.
Jonathan Matthews Send private email
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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