“SourceForge are (sic) abusing the trust that we and our users had put into their service in the past,” according to the GIMP project
. Since 2013, SourceForge has been bundling junkware along with their installers — sometimes without a developer’s permission.
Don’t download software from SourceForge if you can help it. Many open-source projects now host their installers elsewhere, and the versions on SourceForge may include junkware. If you absolutely have to download something from SourceForge, be extra careful.
Update: Since the writing of this article, SourceForge has been sold to a new company that stopped the DevShare program discussed in this article. We’re leaving this article here for historical reference, but it has since stopped these shady practices.