Are these free apps safe?

Mr. 123

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I recently got a new Mac and have been slowly reinstalling apps and stuff that I had on my old computer. Many of the apps I used are free and came from the web. Recently I downloaded another free app on my old computer which brought adware and installer some apps without my consent so I don't want to make the same mistake with the new computer, so I am wondering if anyone here has any experience with these following apps:

Audacity (http://audacityteam.org), XLD (https://www.mediahuman.com/audio-converter/), Handbreak (https://handbrake.fr), Megasync, MacX apps and Spotify.

Thanks in advance!
 

Mr. 123

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Great! I really like Audacity because it's straight forward!
 

techwarrior

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I have used all at one time or another, should be fine. Only one I would urge caution with is Megasync, I believe that is Kim Dotcom's app although he is no longer involved with it, he had a number of legal issues...it all seems sketchy to me.
 
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Partron22

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Beware, however. Some old gold has recently been getting sold to dubious companies.
Even App writers get old.
When an independent App offers me an update, I always make sure to have a backup of the old App or installer, before updating. I've been glad I did that a couple times this past year. One of the "updates" quite happily installed MacDefender on my Mac, without asking. Going to a recent backup was the easiest way to dump that garbage, and downgrade the App with the booby-trapped update.
 
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