Safe Software Policy

In an effort to create the most up-to-date, easy-to-use, and exceptional downloading experience for our users, we prohibit certain types of software and we require that publishers conduct business according to certain standards. Because software is constantly evolving, these policies are neither exhaustive nor static and may be updated at any time.

We may decline or remove applications, in our sole discretion at any time and for any reasons not specifically mentioned below.

Security, privacy, and control

Viruses, spyware, and malware
You will not upload Software that contains viruses, Trojan horses, malicious adware, spyware, or other potentially harmful components including without limitation:

EULA and installation prompts
As part of your product submission, you will provide users with clear and easy to read End-User license agreement and uninstall instructions which shall allow users to cancel the installation if they do not agree to the terms. Without limitation, you will not submit:

Software bundling
You must clearly disclose any additional programs or third-party items included with the downloadable file during the installation process and users must be given a clear way to opt out of all additional items during installation.

Without limitation, you will not submit products which:

Removal and uninstallation
As part of your product submission, you will provide clear and easy to read uninstall and removal instructions regarding your product.

Without limitation, you will not submit:

Quality and content
Software quality
You are solely responsible for the quality and integrity of your product and will not submit products that do not meet the highest industry standards.

Without limitation, you will not submit:

Prohibited software
You will not submit:

  • Casino, gambling, or betting software with real wagering.
  • Pornography-focused applications (for example, “porn media managers”) or programs containing graphic nudity.
  • Hacking and spamming tools including without limitation E-mail-extraction programs, anonymous bulk mailers, and mass-messaging IM utilities. Search-engine-manipulation and doorway-page-creation tools.
  • Products that enable users to cheat in online games.
  • Products that enable users to copy encrypted commercial DVDs.
  • PC-monitoring applications with remote-install capabilities.
  • Illegal software products.
  • Products that contain, promote or link back to sites with inappropriate, offensive, or sexually explicit content.
  • Programs that install proxies for ad-injection, change existing root certificate authorities, or perform any actions that might interfere with expected servers’ communication authentication and compromise user’s security against “man in the middle” attacks.

Product information
You shall follow the Submission Instructions available at to ensure successful submission of your product.

Copyright and trademark
If you have a complaint please send a complaint following the instructions provided in our terms of use available at https://downloadsafer.com/terms-of-use/.

Access and usability

Download links
You will provide links that will immediately initiate the file download.

Product usability
At minimum, software products submitted to our library must be working demos, and we will only accept free products or functional trial versions that allow users to experience the software adequately. We will not accept slide shows of a product or self-running demos.

Data integrity

Download counts and user opinions
You will not attempt to artificially affect download counts or user ratings. You are encouraged to link to product pages on our sites, but only via an approved button or badge, and may not submit reviews for your own products or solicit others to do so.

The following behaviors are prohibited:

Duplicate listings
You will not provide multiple, separate listings for the same product or company. We may remove or suspend listings we feel are identical or substantially similar.

Product updates and product sets
Each new version of a product may be featured in the new releases list no more than two times per month, at our sole discretion and after the new information and features have been verified by our staff. New product sets (or product lines) can only be added as new product listings, and may not be submitted as modifications to already established product sets.

Use of Logos, Trademarks, and Other Copyrighted Material
We do not allow the use of DownloadSafer.com logos, trademarks, and other copyrighted material of CBS Interactive Inc. without permission. You may only place an approved Download button or badge on your Web site upon our written consent.

Customer service and business practices

User satisfaction
We encourage all publishers to provide quality customer service and assist users with any issues related to the software. We may choose to remove products or publishers if we receive a significant volume of negative user feedback or complaints, or if we feel users are not being given an adequate level of customer service and support.

Malicious Software Policies

DownloadSafer does not allow malicious software on the site. We test all submitted software products according to comprehensive criteria.

Viruses, spyware, and malicious software
We do not list software that contains viruses, Trojan horses, malicious adware, spyware, or other potentially harmful components. We do not list products known to contain such items in instances outside DownloadSafer.com, and we may disallow products from publishers that we feel violate the spirit of this policy.

We do not accept the following types of software:

  • Software that installs viruses, Trojan horses, malicious adware, spyware, or other malicious software at any point during or after installation.
  • Software that installs the above items via links to other software or Web sites.
  • Links on publishers’ Web sites that may enable the installation of the above items.
  • Software that installs without notice and without the user’s consent.
  • Software that includes or uses surreptitious data collection.
  • Software that collects and transmits information about end users or end users’ computer usage without adequate prior notification.
  • Software that diverts or modifies end users’ default browsers, search-engine home pages, providers, security, or privacy-protection settings without the users’ permission.
  • Software that interferes with users’ control and privacy.

EULA and installation prompts
All products in our library must present users with a clear and easy-to-read end-user license agreement (EULA) and must give users an opportunity to cancel the installation if they do not agree to the terms. EULAs are a contract with the user, and in keeping with that spirit, they must be truthful, accurate, comprehensive, and easy to read and understand.

We do not accept the following types of software:

  • Software that installs in a concealed manner or denies users an opportunity to read the license agreement and/or to knowingly consent to the installation.
  • Software that induces installation by making false or misleading claims about the software or the software publisher.
  • Software with license agreements that do not clearly or adequately disclose critical information about the software or additional items included with the installation.

Software bundling
Any additional programs or third-party items included with the downloadable file must be clearly disclosed in the DownloadSafer.com product description and during the installation process. Users must be given a way to opt out of all additional items during installation, or they must be given an opportunity to cancel the installation completely.

We do not accept software that exhibits any of the following:

Additional programs or third-party items that are not clearly disclosed in the DownloadSafer.com product description, end-user license agreement, or installation screens.
The inability for users to opt out of or cancel the installation of additional items included with the installation.
Icons or shortcuts placed on a user’s desktop without adequate prior disclosure or permission.

Advertising-supported software
We allow certain types of advertising-supported software, including a small number of adware components that we evaluate on a case-by-case basis.

Removal and uninstallation
We respect the user’s right to control software that is installed on their computers, and we require that all software in our library provide users with a clear and simple method for removal. We may disallow products that we feel are unnecessarily difficult to uninstall, are obscured, or are resistant to removal.

We do not accept the following types of software:

  • Software that prevents its own uninstallation or disablement.
  • Software that requires users to give up personal information to uninstall.
  • Software that cannot be properly or safely removed due to errors or other programming issues.

Reporting problem software
If you find a product on our site that you think is faulty, malicious, or otherwise in violation of DownloadSafer.com software policies, please click the “Report a problem” link on the product page. This link is on the left side of every product page, below the Quick Specs. Select “The software contains malware” and enter as much information as you can provide in the description field to help us evaluate the program’s safety.