The popular Digsby instant messenger client not only bundles half a dozen "optional" crapware applications, it's also using your computer to crawl
the web, do stock market research, and more. It's time to uninstall.
Bundling Crapware is a Despicable Business Model
Many popular freeware applications bundle crapware into their setup files, prompting you during the installation process to install something that
nobody wants—like the Yahoo/Ask.com/SomeRandomCompany browser toolbar. Tech-savvy users may consider this nothing more than an annoyance, but this
practice preys on unsuspecting or less knowledgeable users that click "Next" through every setup screen, and the makers of any software that do this
should be ashamed of themselves.
Digsby takes bundled crapware to a whole different level, however. During the install you are prompted for not one, not two, but six different pieces
of junk software, and then for good measure they offer to replace your home page with something terrible and take your search engine down a notch.
Don't think it's all that bad? Here's an example of one of the bundled crapware applications—a piece of software that tracks everything you are
searching online and shows you "offers" in a sidebar window. Does that really sound like something anybody anywhere would ever want?
ou can debate the merits of bundled crapware, and brush away the despicable nature of preying on those lacking adequate tech skills, but did you
realize that Digsby is also using your processor to make money?
That's right. Buried in the Terms of Service that almost nobody ever bothers reading, there's this exploiting-the-fine-print gem explaining that
they will use your CPU to run distributed computing problems that make them money:
15. USAGE OF COMPUTER RESOURCES.
You agree to permit the Software to use the processing power of your computer when it is idle to run downloaded algorithms (mathematical
equations) and code within a process. You understand that when the Software uses your computer, it likewise uses your CPU, bandwidth, and electrical
power. The Software will use your computer to solve distributed computing problems, such as but not limited to, accelerating medical research
projects, analyzing the stock market, searching the web, and finding the largest known prime number. This functionality is completely optional and you
may disable it at any time.
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