There are hundreds of software download websites, but CNETâ€™s www.download.com is the king of them all with millions of downloads every day. It is also a good place to see whatâ€™s hot in the world of software, a kind of New York Times bestseller list for geeks. I find it pretty interesting and educational. Hereâ€™s why.
As of today, the #1 downloaded program is Spy Sweeper â€“ a powerful anti-spyware tool. About 1.2 million people install it every week. Spy Sweeper is followed by two other anti-spyware products: Spyware Doctor and Ad-Aware. So far so good. People are aware of the spyware threat and are taking action to mitigate it.
Next line down the listâ€¦ Oh, no! This is LimeWire! Yes, the #4 is occupied by a file-sharing program that is ideally suited to proliferate malware. But thatâ€™s not it. A few lines below we see our good old file-sharing friend Morpheus at #7. As if that was not enough, there is BitTorrent, another risky program, at #9.
So, in the top ten downloaded software programs, we find three anti-spyware tools and three potential spyware mediums. Do you see a pattern here?