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Which Annoys you more?

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Which annoys you the most?

1. Viruses
2. Worms
3. Adware
4. Popups

Personally, I dislike Adware the most. It just seems that adware is trickier to get rid of when Ad-Aware won't work.

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adware. its the only thing i can contract now that i have google toolbar, and ive got 56k and im not an idiot so i dont get worms or viruses

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What do Data Miners/Trackers file under? Defeinitely those, because they multiply and can embed themselves deep in your registry. Only problem is, the ad-buster progs don't necessarily kill the source, only the registry entries that(presumably) already sent vital information to their hosts.

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Adware, then viruses, then worms, then popups

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I get neither of these but I'd say viruses are the worst cause they can result in data corruption/loss.

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All of them. Adware I find the least annoying though provided that the author clearly states that their software is ad-supported.

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Never had a virus or worm, and I don't get popups anymore with firefox, so I'll say adware/spyware.

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I don't get popups anymore(stopzilla) and i haven't gottin a virus in a while so im going to say adware, but i haven't gottin that in a while either

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Pop-ups annoy the most crap out of me.

Nr 2 is whatever makes my system slower. Haven't had much experience with viruses or worms and such, except the 60-seconds download-thingy, for which I got PC-Cillin.

Oh yeah, what exactly is the difference between adware and pop-ups? Isn't that bascially the same stuff?

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Viruses - No problems here. I just don't any strange emails. They're all filtered out anyway.
Worms - Same as above.
Adware - Also not a problem. I just use Netscape 4.72 with JavaScript turned off when looking around the internet (except Internet Explorer for certain forums).
Popups - Google Toolbar or any other popup blocker takes care of these.
Banner ads - Also blocked, heheh.
Flash ads - Only annoying when using Internet Explorer. Netscape without JavaScript completely eliminates these.

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Viruses because they can f--- up your PC to the point where you have to totally wipe the HD. It happened to me TWICE (and no, I don't open strange E-mails... in fact they actually came in as temporary internet files, meaning I probably got them from a pop-up).

Ad-Aware comes in second because they, too, can screw up your PC. In fact they're almost as bad as viruses.

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Viruses/Worms. I think I even have one (worm I think) right now that slows my system to death at random times and causes programs to sometimes refuse to open. Plus, my virus scanner says everything is fine. :P

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It's a close tie between adware and popups. Though I'd imagine they're virtually one and the same in essence if nothing else. I've never had much of a problem with viruses or worms.

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People responsible for all of these.

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Adware then popups.

The only thing I hate about some popup blockers is that they block windows you opened up. That's stupid. They should only block ones that come up automatiaclly.

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I've not had a single popup since using Firebird/Fox. Adware is only bothersome when it gets into the hundreds and starts messing with the function of your computer. In one week my sister managed to get 250 new adware objects put on the computer.

Viruses would be the most annoying. Although they are more rare if you know what you are doing on the computer and have protective measures.

Bashe said:

Adware then popups.

The only thing I hate about some popup blockers is that they block windows you opened up. That's stupid. They should only block ones that come up automatiaclly.


Most ad-blockers I've seen have a 'shift-click' type combination to bypass the filter.

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I don't care much for the actual annoyance level of these things. If it shouldn't be on my pc i get rid of it. Period.

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JamesEightBitStar said:

Viruses because they can f--- up your PC to the point where you have to totally wipe the HD. It happened to me TWICE (and no, I don't open strange E-mails... in fact they actually came in as temporary internet files, meaning I probably got them from a pop-up).

Ad-Aware comes in second because they, too, can screw up your PC. In fact they're almost as bad as viruses.


no that means you like to look at porn

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All are equally annoying and equally avoidable.

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I have no issues with any of these, so I am most annoyed by ignorant/lazy sods who do dumb things like run unpatched browsers/e-mail clients or IE with the default security settings or click 'yes, install' for every frickin thing that pops up without reading. Seriously, virus/spyware/malware etc writers are jerks, but it takes two to tango, as they say.

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Nick Perrin said:
I never understood why people make viruses.

It's very productive; just think about all the economic activity they generate.

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