To those who think SourceForge are offering AVS instead of Audacity:
SourceForge is not offering AVS instead of Audacity, though I agree the AVS advertisements are obtrusive. The advertisements enable SF to host the millions of Audacity downloads (and those of other open source projects) for free. To host downloads ourselves would cost us more money than we spend now, but it is under consideration due to various problems that these advertisements create.
However, as each of our downloads pages states:
"The SourceForge (SF) download should start automatically. If it does not, click the links... marked "direct link" or "mirror".
To stop the Information Bar from blocking file and software downloads:
Open Internet Explorer.
Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.
Click the Security tab, and then click Custom level.
Do one or both of the following:
* To turn off the Information bar for file downloads, scroll to the
Downloads section of the list, and then, under Automatic prompting
for file downloads, click Enable.
* To turn off the Information bar for ActiveX controls, scroll to the
ActiveX controls and plug-ins section of the list, and then, under
Automatic prompting for ActiveX controls, click Enable. Click OK,
click Yes to confirm that you want to make the change, and then
click OK again.