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I just tried downloading a newer version of MiKTeX from the MiKTeX site and a huge amount of sketchy junk, including shop to win and blekko seemed to come with it, scaring me off. Is this safe? And can anyone tell me what is going on?

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Exaclty what did you download? From miktex.org/2.9/setup, if I choose the Basic Installer I get exactly that. – Joseph Wright Aug 16 '12 at 14:34
Thanks. I clicked on the download >> on the rhs of that page, and it scared me off. This looks good. – mike Aug 16 '12 at 15:05
I'd always ignore the adverts: I'm sure they pay for the work, but I don't trust them ;-) – Joseph Wright Aug 16 '12 at 15:06
@mike I tried to specify your question a bit, hope that's ok. – doncherry Aug 16 '12 at 16:18

The download files you can get from the side MiKTeX 2.9 Setup (Joseph Wright already posted this link in his comment).

If you chose to download the basic installer, then there’s a selection of mirrors possible. Perhaps the preselected one have sent the adverts.

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