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Corrupted PC's tossed into dumpster

 
In this New York Times article titled "Corrupted PC's find new home in dumpster" we see that it, if you time is worth more than $5/hr, it's usually cheaper to throw-away the PC then spend the time cleaning-out the spyware:
 

On a recent Sunday morning when Lew Tucker's Dell desktop computer was overrun by spyware and adware - stealth software that delivers intrusive advertising messages and even gathers data from the user's machine - he did not simply get rid of the offending programs. He threw out the whole computer.

Mr. Tucker, an Internet industry executive who holds a Ph.D. in computer science, decided that rather than take the time to remove the offending software, he would spend $400 on a new machine.

The performance problems caused by adware and spyware cause millions of dollars in lost productivity every day, and until Americans can get an operating systems that prohibits spyware, the best action is often to throw-away the PC.

In the face of a constant stream of pop-up ads, malfunctioning programs and performance slowed to a crawl or a crash - the hallmarks of spyware and adware - throwing out a computer "is a rational response," said Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project, a Washington-based research group that studies the Internet's social impact.

There is also the possibility that the hardware vendors are working with the operating system vendors to get repeat sales by providing unreliable machines that are easily infected, thereby generating a multi-billion dollar fraud against American consumers:

"Things are spinning out of control," said David Gelernter, a professor of computer science at Yale.

Mr. Gelernter said his own family's computer became so badly infected that he bought a new one this week. He said his two teenage sons were balking at spending the hours needed to scrub the old one clean of viruses, worms and adware.
 


 

 
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