Sunday, July 17, 2005

disposing corrupted computers

Can't argue with the logic in this New York Times article -- rather than hassle with a computer that's infected with spyware and other crap, throw the damn thing out and start over with a cheap PC.

But I resent having to resort to such measures. And I resent the fact that these unscrupulous clowns can install software on MY computer without asking MY permission.

I don't think simply clicking on a link or a pop-up ad should imply consent, and I don't think burying spyware in a piece of legitimate freeware willingly downloaded implies consent to being tracked either. What will it take to change legal attitudes towards this sort of intrusion?