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OneEyedMonster remindes us about the crap you can buy in pound shops: "Batteries that lasted about an hour and then died. A screwdriver with a loose handle so I couldn't turn the damn screw, and a tape measure which wasn't at all accurate."

Similarly, my neighbour bought a lawnmower from Argos that was so cheap the wheels didn't go round, it sort of skidded over the grass whilst gently back-combing it.

What's the cheapest, most useless crap you've bought?

(, Fri 4 Jan 2008, 7:26)
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Not so much cheap as just fucking crap
Several years ago I thought I better get my computer protected from all the nasty viruses you get when looking at porn on Tinternet So I'd thought I'd go for the most popular being Norton. Don't bother!

Norton Anti virus or any other pay yearly crapy anti virus. Ā£30 I payed for this crap, Norton anti virus blocks everything. Typing a letter in word...

Norton (oooo cant let you do that mate.)
Norton (Are you sure you want too?)
Norton (If you are trying to type dear please shut down all system software)
Norton (Right thats it I'm blocking you from using your computer ever again and no you can't uninstall me!)

Total crap just download Avira AntiVirĀ® PersonalEdition Classic for free I've been using it for years and never had any probs or conflicts, actualy just stay off the porn sites. AVG is also very good.

Lenght 12 inches but Norton wont let you play.

Owned a Mac no games on it! Plus they're about as user friendly as monkey guided missle.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 14:29, 18 replies)
Know what you mean
it was free for a year on our PC but was uninstalled pretty quickly!
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 14:47, closed)
This is true
I never understood why people would choose to pay silly money for a crap intrusive programme over a free friendly to use programme.

Guess they just pray on the naive,

I use AVG anti-virus and haven't had a virus since installing it
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 14:48, closed)
Get a Mac!
They don't even try to sell you anti-virus when you get it :-)
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 15:07, closed)
You already bought a Mac
they didn't want to push their luck. ;)
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 15:11, closed)
You'd be surprised..
at how fast owning one turns you into that apple-loving bastard that won't shut up

~hangs head in shame~
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 15:13, closed)
Macs ^^^
Agreed. I have always had Macs and am now incurably smug and annoying.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 15:30, closed)
Macs are great
if you want to do precisely one thing with them. Otherwise they are merely expensive and slower versions of a similarly specced PC.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 15:32, closed)
How do you tell a Mac owner?
You don't, they tell you!
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 15:34, closed)
Just stick Linux on your box, and use WINE for the windows programs :)

(caution, above may contain elements of sarcasm)
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 15:54, closed)
Working in IT.....
...people who buy a new comp and Nortons is pre-installed on there; 50% of the time it fucks up and prevents any kind of internet access as it has "not been activated yet". Funnily enough when people decide to use the crap it allows only slightly more access. Pure pain in the ass invention of the devil.

Had 5 jobs come in one day, all back-to-back, Nortons had downloaded an update and knackered every computer's internet access by detecting IE as a threat.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 16:11, closed)
BT Broadband
Yep, I managed to get Norton as part of my broadband package.

All of a sudden, my machine seems to have a number of tasks hogging the system resources.

(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 16:14, closed)
All the way.

Free, simple to use and reliable.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 16:49, closed)
Or use Linux
Since installing Ubuntu I've become a total smug bastard. OK so it won't suit everyone but it does the job foe me, plus I get all kinds of eye candy on a machine that can run XP but not Vista.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 16:50, closed)
Having used Norton's AV in the past
I'd rather have the virus instead as it fucks up your system less.

I use Kaspersky, relieable, unobtrusive and easy to use.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 18:03, closed)
Avg free for me
I been using AVG for years now,plus thier spyware stuff.
My neighbour came to the house the other day saying he couldn,t install his software..yep norton 360,put it on for him when he then tells me he paid 60 fucking pound for it.
Still,he wouldn,t let me go till I had a tenner in my hand for 10 minutes work.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 19:50, closed)
I *LOVE* Norton
There should be a law, backed by the United Nations, that every computer must have Norton installed on it at the factory.

To date, I reckon I've fixed well over a thousand PC's that had Norton on them. Well, when I say "fixed" I really mean "unistalled Norton and put on AVG and Zone Alarm."

Over the years I reckon I must have made over 20 grand out of Norton. The only bigger earner for me is Micro$oft - I've made a career out of fixing their stuff.

Gawd Bless crappy software....

(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 23:23, closed)
Aha Legless, you've unwittingly revealed the truth...
Norton is a company set up and run entirely by the computer repair industry as a way of increasing their revenue streams.
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 17:13, closed)
I have a sealed copy of Norton Internet Security 2003... PC world salesmen and my computer-phobic mother make a scary partnership :(
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 19:22, closed)

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