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01 March 2004 @ 04:33 pm
Okay, someone tell me how the hell this is even legal:

I gave in to a masochistic urge to poke through fanfics on ff.net. One of the pop-ups it loaded appears to have been... Well if not malicious, at least it was very unfriendly. It reset my homepage from blank to whatever it's stupid homepage is. Then it installed something -- I have no idea what! -- on my hard drive. The first I know if it was that it popped up a message telling me that the newly installed software won't take effect until I reboot, and asking me if I wanted to reboot my computer. Excuse me!?! I didn't tell it to install anything! It didn't ask, I didn't tell.

What I did do was install something that's supposed to get rid of spyware and pop-up programs. It hasn't caught them all. I still get pop-ups just about every time I load a page -- even pages that don't normally have pop-ups. Grr!

But really, how is any of that legal? I did not give it permission to mess with my system! I don't think some third-party software should be allowed to mess with my system without my permission.
Current Mood: angryangry
Max Kaehn: Cuteslothman on March 2nd, 2004 01:15 am (UTC)
Will your workplace let you use a web browser that doesn’t roll out the red carpet for things like that? I use Mozilla Firefox and never have these problems...
Taerieltaeriel on March 2nd, 2004 04:51 pm (UTC)
It's definitely unethical. I don't know much about online laws though, so I couldn't say one way or the other on the legality. It certainly seems like the kind of thing that should be illegal, but I don't know if the red tape has caught up to that point yet.

A couple of years ago I had a pop-up add adding links and program-looking things to my start menu. It took a bit of work to root them out. I totally understand your annoyance and frustration.

On a vaguely related tangent, I actually found some well-done SW fanfics on ff.net a while back. Hm, I should see tonight if the author has updated yet...