Cnet download link broken (Whoops! You broke the Internet)

Upon trying to download, let's say, the free version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from www.malwarebytes.org you will be redirected to Cnet Downloads to hit the Download button. But when you click on the button to Download (Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware), if very unfortunate, you may receive a scary message:

Whoops! You broke the Internet!

(If you are the unfortunate one, here is a direct download link from malwarebytes.org)
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam/program/mbam-setup.exe 

 

Why are cnet.com-s links broken and how to solve the problem?

It seems that if one receives error 404 on cnet for Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware download, then he is unable to browse most of the content, including news, on Cnet.com. Clearing cookies, using different browsers (e.g. IE, Chrome, Firefox) will give no success. Some state that refreshing a page many many times has finally given them the result. But wait, there is a ..

Workaround?

Yes. More than once this method has worked. Remains unknown why, maybe it is related to regions somehow, or that CNet likes Google very much, but go like this to access broken Cnet download links:

  1. Copy the link that you are trying to open.
  2. Paste the link to Google Translate
  3. Translate the link to a language (the link by the way will not change at all) and click on it in the translation area.

Hope this helps.

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