2009-02-10 - "... Whenever I go to clean up a friend/relative's computer that they complain is too slow there's one thing I almost always find: Numerous browser toolbars, particularly in Internet Explorer. Not all browser toolbars are bad, but the bad ones do seem to get around. There is a long and disturbing history of malicious toolbars for browsers, especially Internet Explorer, in which toolbars are implemented as a BHO or Browser Helper Object, although not all BHOs are toolbars... Why is there so much pressure for you to install toolbars? Because there's money to be made if you can get people to use your toolbar and therefore your search results. The browser is where so many people spend their time these days. I've come to distrust all of them and keep my browsers free of them. Do the same and I bet you'll have a more stable computing experience."
("... Larry Seltzer has worked in and written about the computer industry since 1983...")