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Most annoying programs on the Internet

ZDNet.co.uk's Rupert Goodwins shares his list of the 10 applications and companies that "try to do the impossible: to make us hate the internet and wish it had never been invented."

If you haven't seen Rupert Goodwins' gallery, "10 most annoying programs on the Internet," I encourage you to check it out. According to ZDNet.co.uk's Goodwins:

The Internet has brought us many joys. It's rewritten the rules of business and pleasure.

And pain. For it allows what may have seemed like bright ideas at the time ('let's use it to make sure our customers have the latest software', for example) to turn into a stinking pit of misery — usually, but by no means always, after marketing gets its fangs in.

Here are just ten of the guilty parties who try to do the impossible: to make us hate the internet and wish it had never been invented — and who very nearly succeed.

Gallery: 10 most annoying programs on the Internet

What tops your list of most annoying programs?

Join the discussions associated with Goodwins' gallery or this post and post your suggestions for most-hated applications.

About Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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