Pretty much. SW from my personal experience does this when every free promotion comes on. Repackages it but I can't remember if it's anything malicious. Just annoying.
I use Microsoft firewall .. combined with Avira AV free + run once a week 2-3 anti malware software's ... have been doing that for years and never had major issues.. paying about £20 a year for that service ... didn't sound great investment for me .. am not even tempted to download this free deal bcz am happy with my setting.
Oh I think I get it now, so the promo is legit just the middle man might be dodgy. So the middle man here is taking something that is available to everyone and tries to pass it off as it’s own offer and try to promote its own site at the same time?
OP's link goes through Shareware on Sale, that makes it less inefficient (more clicks to download the software) and it subscribes you to an email service that spams the average user. There's no end-product difference, that's the problem. Why download free software from a third party over the original retailer? It could be repackaged (which it has been) with anything, such as malware. I'm not saying SW does that, but the argument still stands.
Just did it through this link. 6 month license, 5 devices. What is the problem?