Here's a challenge for you. Download any new web browser and without using an add block tool and go for a week without getting some embedded ad
scam/virus. You cant do it. Your PC will get infected with phishing apps and those marketing popup things that make a zillion pages open up whenever
you use your browser and lets not forget those home page hijackers.
I see this all the time with new internet users. They get a computer and within 3 months it's running slow as molasses due to all the stuff running,
reading, writing to the hard drive, sending and receiving stuff over the internet - that they didn't know crept into the system through their
Sure these folks have to learn how to use firewalls, anti-virus apps, ad blockers etc before they can get an handle on the problem. Most of the
virus's are annoying more than they hurt but real troublesome virus's can get installed this way through these ads.
I know handicapped people ( physical not mental) and old people who just need to use the computer for facebook or youtube videos and aren't interested
in learning all these tools - they might not get it or understand the need for such measures but my point is - the problem should not be as bad as it
It seems since most of these spammy pieces of code dont cause lots of damage and are related to marketing they are not looked at in the same way as
hard virus's - they are tolerated for the sake of making money.
Why should the end user have to put up with this? There is so much talk over stopping internet problems like pirating why aren't they wanting to make
this illegal and enforce it? It seems if it hurts the big companies oh no we cant have that, must get rid of it but if it just hurts the end user we
have to deal with these problems ourselves.
So for these friends of mine, I have to clean the systems with a variety of tools then set up tools to protect them - and hope they use the tools. But
what happens, they wanna use a new browser with no ad blocker or they dont understand that page they wanna view that asks them to install a plugin to
view the page is going to put lots of crap on their machine. or they install a new app and forget to uncheck that check box that wants to install that
phishing tool bar. 3 months later I have to clean the system all over again.
What about the ISP's that allow this stuff to get through to your computer? Do they share in the responsibility? Should they?
Don't we as consumers have a say? It's like going to a store and watching where you walk because of the banana peels all over the place - in real
life, those peels wouldn't be there, so why are they allowed with internet sites?
I never hear of any legislation to combat this problem. How can we fix this for future generations?
edit on 8-6-2013 by JohnPhoenix because: sp