Be on the lookout for Xupiter

Wired News reports: Sneaky Toolbar Hijacks Browsers “Internet users are mystified by a tricky browser add-on that installs itself without permission and defies attempts to remove it. Some are calling the program the most insidious thing on the Web.” By Michelle Delio. Slashdot follows up World’s Most Annoying IE Toolbar. I still think this is an issue where we expect too much from consumers. The SlashDot crowd does its usual rants of “People ought to know better than to leave the IE default security settings in place” or “Mozilla is better” or “IE is a security nightmare” without facing the reality that people accept the machine they are given. Maybe the ‘default’ radio that comes with your car isn’t the best, but you don’t have to worry about it hijacking you.

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