Here is one more "enlightening journey into the dangers lurking out on the 'net for the unwary". Spyware and malicious ware of all kinds attempts to install itself on your PC and the more I look, the more I see people not even realizing what is going on and blaming it on their software.
But here is what someone writing for the Cooperative Cyber Threat Monitor and Alert System says:
"I discovered that as far as the adware/spyware industry is concerned, you may be the one that plunked down a grand at your local consumer electronics store to purchase your PC, but THEY own it.
They'll do whatever they want, whenever they want, and you don't get a say in the matter.
The utter "ballsy-ness" of what they do will astonish you, and I hope reading this might make some of the people enabling this sort of activity to wake up and take action."
The rest of the article maybe overkill for anyone not technically advanced, but you really need not read anymore. The morale of the story is that if you want to steer clear of very serious problems on your PC, you should not use IE and you should be VERY careful about the sites you go visit.
It' not 1995 anymore. If you want some cheap thrill or seek lightweight gaming enjoyment online, be on the lookout.
Somebody IS going to take advantage of you.