It appears that http://planet-explorers-isos.com/ is complete garbage now? It just redirects to the click-counting site, which loops to itself, for me. And if you click the other link, it tried to trick you into installing what is probably malware.
Well, they let me download twice. After that, all the links just redirected without downloading anything.
I see what you were talking about. The site is currently using a URL redirect system which is similar to adFly. It uses ads to generate revenue, in the form of pop-under
ad windows. (Yes, I hate them too.
) However, it does not create pop-under ads every time. It only does that after several (at least two? random?) downloads.
If you saw it trying to install malware, perhaps it was the fault of whatever ad was being displayed? Have you seen that nasty fake Mozilla Firefox Update which tries to install malware? Those things are everywhere, particularly webcomic sites. Blame Google for failing to police the ads they sponsor.
If you're worried about the security of the actual ISO download, though, the files seem valid to me. My antivirus did not detect anything hinky, anyway.
Nexus it is.
The selection of ISOs on Nexus is old and
small. The selection on planet-explorers-isos.com is so much larger and, generally, far more current. Not even Workshop has that many, despite how fast it's growing.
Also, they have no version system either, so you can't tell if it's 1.0-usable, or old garbage.
Everyday objects like furniture and signs will
load into 1.0 without a hitch - without
exception. AFAIK, only old (multi-muzzle) bullet guns and really, really
old vehicles should cause a problem. That's been my experience, anyway.
In fact, out of the countless ISOs I have downloaded, I don't remember a single one that refused to load. At worst, they may generate an error or two about having a part that no longer exists or having too many of a type of part. But that
is usually easy to fix: Just remove the excess or offending parts, or replace the part with an equivalent, then try to export it into the game.
Besides, Nexus does not have a version system, either.