Why do you think it would be a adware/malware site? because of the dark colors?
To me the impression comes, because of the "missing single intent" of the site. The site does not offer/advertise 1 thing, but many. Then it's obvious that the owner has not produced all those offerings himself and it doesn't call itself a "directory" - so what is its intent - and what does it want from me? I get suspicious quickly....
I like that misalignment on the download button.
Also spring is always at the top of the list at the homepage.
Huh? In my view (FF5) it's not. If my screen is 1920x1200 it's the first in the "Downloads" section, being in the third row from top (middle of screen). If I look at the site at 1280x800 the spring link isn't even visible.
Since the other games give extra visitors it is likely that some will click on the spring link. So its likely that spring gets extra players because of the non-spring content.
That's interesting... have the site visitors risen since the change?
IMHO SPRINGfiles.com should host only spring files. But the intent to bring more players to spring by attracting them on the web is a good one.
So here are my suggestions in case the "other games" can stay(*):
* 1st of all make spring links + content take the upper half of the homepage. I like how spring is presented visually on /spring (text needs work), so make it a little smaller and put it where "online games" is.
* only list RTS games. That way the site attracts only ppl that are actually interested in that genre - the others we're not interested in anyway. Also if you can find someone to maintain a sidebar with "free RTS news" it could morph into a "hub/portal" - attracting more ppl that have interest in our genre.
* regarding the search function: I also find it rather confusing how it is now. Maybe there could be a toggle button to switch between searches of "spring-only content" and "all games"? (With default to spring ofc :)
BTW: I like the "Quickly find maps by..." sidebar.
(*) I have no idea who/how this is decided upon. I find the spring community infrastructure organization to be quite in-transparent. I have no clue who makes decisions, based on what, who gets informed and there does not seem to be any documentation. But I'm a noob here and don't want to rant, maybe it's all OK as it is, as it has worked for years...