By Ed Bott | April 28, 2011, 2:07pm PDT
I?m in the process of rebuilding a PC here?blowing out dust, upgrading some hardware, restoring the OS to factory-new condition, and installing fresh copies of apps I use regularly.
Along the way, I keep running into a sleazy trick that some software vendors play, and I?ve finally reached the breaking point. I am sick and tired of companies that try to make a quick buck by tricking their customers into installing software they don?t need. I?m experienced enough to bypass this stuff most of the time, but many of my friends and family members aren?t. And guess who gets the call when some add-on or toolbar has slowed their system to a crawl?
I call it foistware, and I?ve decided it?s time to name and shame the worst purveyors of foistware out there.