April 27, 2005

Pervasive Spyware (Caution: Strong Language)

I'm going to put this as gently as I can...Gator can suck my salty white ballsack.

My wife installed a "Butterflies" screen saver "sponsored by GAIM." (No, I'm not linking to it.) While it looked nice, she kept getting these "Install Completed" prompts when her screen saver would dismiss. The screen saver was downloading installers and advancing through the installers on my wife's behalf. The screen saver installed IE toolbars, ad redirectors, and spyware up the ying-yang. It took me the better part of two hours to clean her system.

Then there are the "wallpaper" places that demand that you use an ActiveX control to install the wallpaper...these guys are all crooks, every last one of them.

So my wife is now paranoid to install anything she finds on the web, even legitimate software, because of this experience...but that's not the scary part. We were walking by our apartment complex's office last night, and my wife noticed that the office manager's desktop and the office secretary's desktop were both running the Spyware Screensaver from Hell.

This worries me greatly. Should these guys get a wild hair up their asses, they'll have full access to rental records, credit card numbers, credit checks on prospective tenants, everything that our apartment complex has on us...and our office manager consented to it when she installed a screen saver.

So to the wonderful developers at Gator who market and create this joyous combination of software, I hope that large burly prison escapees with lots of sexually transmitted diseases find you, sodomize you violently, poke out an eye, and repeatedly violate the socket...all the while broadcasting it on a 1-900 phone sex line paid for using your credit cards and ordering fifteen of every product made available on the Home Shopping Network.

Not that I'm bitter.

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