SourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.
Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to shamelessly bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.
Update #2: SF (and Slashdot) have been sold. New owner wants to "return SourceForge to its glory days".
Posts from project admins/members about hijacking:
So long and thanks for all the fish.
How can I help?
If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.
please consider if you want to continue supporting SF. It was once a useful open source software archive, but those days are gone. Installers bundled with crapware are effectively distributed to and downloaded from your servers.
Where to move?
Chances are you already moved your projects out of SF, if you ever had any on there. There are many options where to host your work:
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