A.: When it’s a toolbar installer
The any-load.com site, and there are about a dozen more like it out there, presents itself as a peer-to-peer network with almost 120 million files for your downloading pleasure. It doesn’t really do that though.
We took it for a spin looking for some tunes by Bruno Mars:
Our first hint that all was not as it appears was that VIPRE blocked the downloader.
In whatever browser you’re running apparently:
Oh, and the file we downloaded? It’s an mp3 file ok, but there’s nothing in it.
The license agreement is a gem of doublespeak too:
“3. The MultiLoad Technologies.
1. Downloading and Updates.
MultiLoad downloads only those files that are both
authorized by you for download (specifically or by category or