Toolbars installed in browsers...YIKES...also

Dell / OPTIPLEX GX280
August 31, 2010 at 14:20:01
Specs: win 7 pro, intel core duo/2GB
Toolbar horror stories as well as cluttered desktops.

.It's amazing, I've seen some open windows on my clients PC's on IE and Firefox maximized. The screen is half full at the top with all of these toolbars installed. All you have is almost 1/2 of the bottom screen...Makes me chuckle, I've seen them with as many as all these toolbars installed at once:
Norton
comcast
yahoo
google
aol
ask and even more.

Then they wonder why their PC is so slow and and occasionally freezes up.
IE has great pop-up blockers as well a firefox so I wonder why they leave all those toolbars installed.
Has anyone else seen great bloopers like that?

They also wonder why they can't view a full picture in their webmail e-mails, but hey on another note, on my work PC the desktop is crammed with icons, folders and pictures, then when I finally get disgusted with the mess, I burn all the folders and files to a CD or DVD, or even a thumbdrive and delete them all and start over. Excessive icons and folders on a desktop also slow a PC right down, especially on startup.

I use a very plain wallpaper (usually black with a small item in the middle) and find it easy to locate icons. I've seen desktops with personal pics on them for wallpaper and crammed with icons. You cannot find any icon as they blend into the wallpaper, I really don't know how they find anything, but I guess they get used to it LOL.

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#1
September 1, 2010 at 10:05:31
re: "You cannot find any icon as they blend into the wallpaper"

Kind of like the new Google backgrounds that you can install where it's next to impossible to read of the links.

Why do people do this to themselves?


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#2
September 4, 2010 at 14:32:35
I have a friend that has literally a hundred icons on his desktop. I suggested he use folders to consolidate them but he insists he is OK with them. I have been temped to arrange icons by name and really screw him up.

This is the same guy that still types with two fingers after using a computer for over ten years. He also has a funky wallpaper that makes it hard to see the icons.


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#3
September 6, 2010 at 13:22:30
Often there is an attempt to foist various toolbars on you along with other downloads. In most cases there is an opt out but maybe folk hit "Next" too quickly or without checking.

Another thing which seems widespread is an attempt to hoodwink you into downloading some gimmick by giving you a massive "Download button", whereas the thing you really wanted (as described by the heading) is just a small active link much further down the page.

There is also a new breed of "in the face" pushy adverts, including lucky winner nonsense (etc) on YouTube.

Ms Hulot goes horse riding


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