Softpedia began all the way back in 2001
Back in 2001 in Romania, someone had the bright idea of coming up with Softpedia. Sure, there were sites at the time all about software, but this website was different. First off, Softpedia hosts the software themselves, and they don't package anything along with it. Many other similar software sites include all kinds of garbage in the installers, which makes people not want to download. You already know this if you're someone who gets all of their free software from Softpedia. You go there for many reasons, but the primary reason is that they don't bundle any unwanted stuff with the software.