I, in my paranoia have many suspects which I will not run on my pc for a reason and that's why I do not trust the following BIG 3 items:
#1-All Toolbars (like Yahoo Toolbar w/ Fake Security Add-On inspired by Claria! aka. the b.s. artist formerly known as Gator! )
#2-Generally MOST Messengers (makes nice hole that is popup & trojan friendly )
#3-MOST Oddball Media Players (Quicktime ect..."you just won an i-pod" popups mysteriously increase post-install)
or (Realplayer- resource-hog meets update-monster-That's not my idea of "keeping it real" )
It's always good to re-evaluate why we continue to use some programs and ask ourselves some important questions:
*why are the defaults settings usually to run at bootup, all the time,ect...?
*Why these progs are so up on updates, upgrades, and up-whatevers?
*Who makes these and why?
*Who are their "Business Customers" ?
*What advertising technologies have they unveiled or allowed to attract and please these important clients of theirs?
*Does the benefit to us outway any risk associated with the program and if so are we armed against potential risk?
Edited by hmurph, 07 July 2005 - 04:03 AM.