When we download software from the internet, we often go to Google to get the link. There are many different software options including Google Chrome, iTunes, Mozilla Firefox, Adobe PDF reader, and many more. When searching for Google Chrome, you’ll notice that there are many different listings in the search engine. This particular search comes from Yahoo.
Most people would look at this and first wonder why there are so many links to download the software. The next step would be to click on any one of these to get the software downloaded. The problem is that only one of these downloads is from the official Google website. All of the other ones are from third party websites. In this case, the official Google website shows up in the first two listings. The next four links are all from third party websites.
Which listing is the right download location?
The key to choosing the right download is to look just below the blue headers at the text in green. This text is the hyperlink that tells you where website is located. The first two links that are listed are for Google’s website. You can tell because the links state google.com. The other links in the list are third party websites because the hyperlink is for websites other than Google.
Why does it matter where I download software from?
When you download software from the third party websites, you don’t know what you are getting. The first problem that you may face is viruses and spam software. Third party websites can add extra software in the installation that you don’t need. This software will report that your computer has many virus infections and try to get you to purchase a subscription or pay money to have the virus removed. Your computer may also become infected with browser hijacking. You may notice that your home page has changed and that you are seeing many popups while browsing the internet. Some of these pop-ups will also try to convince you that you need to call a phone number to have your computer cleaned. Lastly, there could also be other problems such as actual viruses and malware that will infect your computer and could steal sensitive information.
The safest way to download software is to always look for the manufacturer’s name in the link that you will see in the green text below each listing. If you are downloading iTunes, you should be looking for www.apple.com. If you are downloading the Firefox web browser, you should be looking for www.mozilla.com. This simple tip will save you from having to pay to have your computer cleaned in the future. For those of you who are already seeing popups like these, give us a call to learn more about our virus removal service. We will clean your computer and get rid of the annoying popups and viruses.