At one of my customer's, when I am not there, someone else will use the computer that I use, due to resource limitations. That is fine with me, I'm not there all the time. Unforntunately, about a month ago, one of these folks somehow got hoodwinked into installing some adware/spyware. Now, whenever, I show up in the morning, I get one popup screen after another (AOL 9.0, MSN, Refurbished Dell computers (like I would ever buy a Dell again), and such) on this development computer. I have tried Spybot and Ad-Aware SE. Spybot sees almost nothing (yes it is fully updated). Ad-Aware SE sees some of these files, but whenever I instruct Ad-Aware to remove the files, these same files keep coming back. I'm not criticizing Spybot and Ad-Aware for being bad products, merely that they can't handle the current situation. I have googled for all of these adware, spyware, malware products, but I have never been able to get these scum bags removed. These products are wupdt.exe, polmx3.exe, and qwnpln.exe. I am fearful that the only way to resolve this problem is going to be to repave and start over with this machine. About 12 months ago, someone installed some adware product at my office. It messed up everything with the computer and the only solution was to repave. About 3 months ago, I got caught by the Download.Ject virus and I just repaved and started over. These spyware people wonder why no one likes them.......Geez.
Now, I am hearing that there are moves afoot to outlaw, at the state and federal level, spyware-adware type of programs. Good. The problem is that these same folks that run these adware-spyware companies are crying about how what they are doing is just fine and that the only way that their software is installed is if the user allows this to happen. Well, I didn't allow this to happen on this machine, yet, I am now stuck with the consequences of someone else's actions. BTW, have you tried to run the uninstall for these programs? Oh, I forgot, the uninstall does not exist. Another argument for these adware/spyware marketeers is that what they are doing is protected by the United State's First Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech. Well, that sounds all well and good, but I did not give them the right to market their products to me when I am trying to work. Yesterday afternoon, every minute, I was interrupted with some new popup ad. I seriously doubt that is protected by the "Freedom of Speech" Amendment. Wonder how those adware/spyware types would like it if I called their office every minute for a few days in a row. Oh yeah, I think that there is something I learned about in school where the "Freedom of Speech" does not extend to yelling fire in a crowded room and that the freedom to do as you please stops when it effects others.
If the people that develop and market these adware/spyware products want to keep their products from being made illegal, they need to:
- Quit attempting to confuse people with the "X" within another "X" to attempt to get people to download their products. Quit telling people that their computer's aren't optimized.
- Create a standard windows uninstall. I am sick of your tricks. Gee, I don't see a standard windows uninstall on this system for any of these products..
Until these two (and other) things are done, if you make or market some type of adware/spyware, you will not be on my Christmas card list.