Web_speed - 9:20 pm on Dec 15, 2011 (gmt 0)
I'm pretty sure that anyone that has installed anything that includes a bundled third-party application is aware of this.
Don't be! ..... your statement shows luck of experience.
The spybar is being unintentionally installed over millions of machines every day by joe public and their family galore. It is a sad fact of life and a major part of the reasons Google are so popular and successful.
Common scenario: Son or dogther wants to play a game online, browser often needs to update the macromedia player. Son/dogther clicks "OK" this and "OK" that so they can get on with their game (third party applications? ha? what the.. "OK" "OK" "OK"). Bingo, spaybar downloaded and installed, start background Google "update" services, change home page, turn on keywords suggestion default (so Google can immediately get a feedback of every freaking thing joe public type into their adderss bar). Bingo! machine fully owned... and this happens millions of times around the world every freaking day.
I have many clients. Some of my clients would hardly know how to write and send an email yet when i check their machine i see the spybar installed and running. You get the drift...
No one is sneaking and spreading as bad or as fast as they do, no one...