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25 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 
Software Downloads

How come many of the downloads for reccomended software are on file hippo not the official website?

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25 Feb 2014   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

I post instructions to use FileHippo because...
...I've never seen that website change a file
(e.g. add stuff to it)
...it is a good place for OPs to learn that past versions of installers might be available
...it has a consistent interface.
(e.g. only change once in many years)

The interface is important for me. Have you seen the threads where the OP downloaded some advertized junk instead of what they were pointed to?

edit:
Also, If you send an OP here to get Speccy, I think that the first download link just to be the evil CNET. I see now that Piriform only lists Filehippo and its own servers. I would skip the middle man and point them to Filehippo.

edit2:
See this post for yet another reason to avoid "the official website". Get the full installer from Filehippo, then go hunt for that same full installer from "the official website". If you find where Google serves up those full installers, bookmark it. Then visit that bookmark a year or two from now and see if the website is still available. Filehippo's link will probably be good a decade from now. I've had links from Filehippo that long.

The same goes for this file. Try and find the full installer for that from "the official website". Why are full installers important? Because I would like the OP to have the installer in case we have to uninstall and re-install a few times during the thread. Some people pay for every byte that they download via their internet service provider. There is no reason to ask them to download Chrome or .NET several times.

I save full installers on a file server because I'll probably be using the file on more than one computer :-)

edit3:
I'm glad that you asked this question - but I'm not sure what you saw that caused you to ask it. If you are asking because you see a post here and there posting links to Filehippo, then the info posted above might help answer the question. If you saw a post with a long list of things to be downloaded (most of which point to Filehippo), then I suspect the reason is "ease of maintenance". The Filehippo links probably will not age as fast as links to "the official website".

BTW, I don't mean to sound defensive - I just have a lot to say on this topic :-)
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25 Feb 2014   #3

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I have great luck using FileHippo.
I have is some cases that I won't mention went to the official website of some products and got 4 pickup loads of junk attached.
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25 Feb 2014   #4

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Oh thank you for that. Because I was wondering why the first party site would be worse than the third party.
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26 Feb 2014   #5

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

It's not always that way. It varies from website to website; product to product.
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02 Mar 2014   #6

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Indeed, some official installers are now on Cnet for instance, and they have their own downloader that adds extras. They sometimes also have a 2nd, clean download, but it is not as obvious. I have found Filehippo to be reliable, and offer clean downloads and more info (and older versions, etc). A Guy
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02 Mar 2014   #7

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

The one I've noticed that has a Open Candy wrapper on the latest version of ImgBurn even on Filehippo, so the previous version is recommended,

Download ImgBurn 2.5.7.0 - FileHippo.com
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02 Mar 2014   #8

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Yes, Imgburn download has been screwed up by ever download site I have found.
That is why I don't recommend it any more.
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02 Mar 2014   #9

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Yes, Imgburn download has been screwed up by ever download site I have found.
That is why I don't recommend it any more.
That previous version I linked above is still good.
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02 Mar 2014   #10

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Yeah, I hate it when programs that are good get malicious.
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