Misleading, Deceptive & Grubby
I was just reminded of this again now while installing FIleZilla that I downloaded from +SourceForge
like normal. However instead of downloading the FileZilla Installer (like you'd expect), it instead downloaded the SourceForge Installer.
The SourceForge Installer placed two additional pieces of software for installation into the installation flow which were not well marked as ads/offers from third parties at all.
Users expect to see an 'I accept' style button when installing software for a terms/conditions/privacy but the first 'I accept' is ad/offer #1. You can 'I decline' but if you don't read the fine print on the page, the unsuspecting would think they are declining the FileZilla terms/conditions/privacy not the ad/offer #1.
After you've cleared that step, immediately after there is another screen that looks nearly identical which another 'I accept' and 'I decline' style button - which users could easily think was the same page they were just on and maybe the button didn't work - so they'll click 'I accept' again.
By this point users have unknowingly agreed to install two additional pieces of software that have no relationship at FileZilla whatsoever. I appreciate that this is going to be a revenue opportunity for SourceForge, however they should clearly mark the ads/offers as such. Instead of trying to deceptively get the software installed, maybe they should work on selling/convincing users why they want to install
the software so they knowingly install it instead of being duped into it.