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What is the biggest nuisance on the Internet?

By jasonhiner Moderator ·
That's the topic of a new TechRepublic poll. Here are the selections:

- Pop-ups
- Spyware
- Ugly Web sites

What do you think? Is there anything you would add to the list?

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by jdclyde In reply to What is the biggest nuisa ...

Because there is almost never a case where a popup occurs anymore without the user choosing to have it popup, makes this a non-issue.

Spyware. with people moving to FF from IE, there are less spyware programs that can infect your system, so this has been greatly minimized.

Ugly web sites? You choose where you go. If it bothers you, chastize the admin or go somewhere else.


A specific form of annoying spam is when people forward on all the "new virus warning". The send it to me as if they would hear about such things before I would. ~sigh~ And they ALWAYS turn out to be false. Am I the only one in this company that knows how to do a google search??? X-( But because it comes from valid people the spam filter can't save me from them....

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Silent installs

by pkr In reply to What is the biggest nuisa ...

The worst nuisance is that you must allow things to be installed on your PC, even if it is a cookie.

It is _MY_ PC, and I want to control what's put in it. By meticously regisetring what happens in internet temp folders and other places in your system, and especially by selecting non-MS stuff, you can regain some control, but not all.

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Trialware,crippleware,crapware products

by Neil Higgins In reply to Silent installs

30 day testing of free download progs,that are mostly useless.Even after spending many a late night uninstalling them,the b*srds are always there,lurking,waiting to pounce.

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by scatalin In reply to What is the biggest nuisa ...

What about phishing?

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Useless Authentication

by b4real Contributor In reply to What is the biggest nuisa ...

My biggest irritant is accounts for stupid or truly useless information. I understand if you are going to buy something, but I don't like having to make an account to see the weather or TV schedules.....

After all, I (and surely many others) put in bogus info so I don't get SPAM or junk mail - so how valuable is the market research?

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