If you’ve had a new computer, you’ve experienced "crapware", the annoying software hardware manufactures are paid to ship on your new computer. AV software, online services, image software, trialware, etc., etc.
I recently purchased an HP dv9000. I was very pleased with my previous dv5000 and the new computer is even better. (It’s great to run a virus scan with the dual core CPU and not have the entire system lock up). Of course one of the things you have to deal with on any new computer is the crapware, sometimes also called craplets, that come with your computer. We used to complain about the time it takes to update Windows on a new system. Now removing the crapware takes even longer.
One of the craplets on this system was a popup to get you to buy the extended service plan. This is where things went bad. Suddenly, after having the computer for two months, the extended service plan pop up started coming up endlessly and wouldn’t go away. It didn’t matter which option you selected, including the "I already purchased the extended service plan" – the dumb thing wouldn’t go away. In effect, now my computer is spamming me with endless pop ups!
A modest amount of digging showed an entry in the Windows Task Scheduler and with a few clicks, it was gone (and I deleted the .exe to be sure.) Needless to say, I wasn’t inclined to buy the extended service plan and this experience didn’t exactly endear me to the idea.