Messenger Plus! and Patchou and his sponsor are as bad they ever have been.
Crooks.... shysters... rip-off merchants... con artists... call them whatever the hell you want.
Ok, here is the situation.
Pristine installation of XP SP2.... no exposure to the internet *AT ALL*. I used an HP provided disk to install XPSP2 to install the operating system, and an HP provided disk to install all drivers.
Then, I install Messenger Plus! Within minutes I am exposed to crapware.
There are people who tell me that I am among the BEST IN THE WORLD when it comes to malware and viruses - I may not be high-profile, but I was out there fixing this crap before malware became "popular" and even now I will bypass automated cleaners in preference to a protocol that requires me getting my nails dirty.. no easy automated shortcuts for me ... I tell you now.. there are **NOT** 180 viruses on this system. There is not ONE virus. This system is clean. So, you tell me... are the advertisers honest, or ARE THEY LYING? AND WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT???
Give me a server or PC with a previously undetected and unknown malware and I *will* track it down and wipe it out. I will rip it out by its roots. If I am unsure, I can call on the best brains in the business. Do *not* mess with me. Do not tell me there is even *one* infection on my system... to try to do so is a declaration of WAR!!
Got it? Good. Because the bad guys made a BIG misake in trying to fool me or my users into thinking they may be infected.
Dell, HP and IBM are not companies to be messed with. This is a brand new HP system - a pristine installation with only HP approved software installed directly from their own disks ... HP and Dell will not take kindly to any suggestion that their pre-approved install/recovery disks contain any sort of malware.
The sponsor advertisers are frauds... they are impersonators... they are crooks..they are rubbish-dreggers trawling the bottom droppings of the internet... how can anybody feel it is righ to earn an income from their shenanigans... if the Messenger Plus! "sponsor" cannot control their advertisements, then it is time to find a new sponsor.