Downloading games from the internet b/c you are too lazy to go to the store or don't want to pay extra?
Lots of game companies are starting to use WildTangent and moreso Boonty Box to provide downloads for their games. This will install several programs that run in the background while you play your game...and every time you play your game.
So you say I'll just uninstall BoontyBox or whatever it is...and yes that works until you run the exe for the game. That's right they are infecting the exe with their crappy spyware software. This to me is a clear invasion of privacy and nearly 'hacker' in nature. Adding a service we can uninstall is not a major issue, but infecting the exe so that when you run the game it reinstalls the spyware service....now that's a whole nother ball game.
I for one am seeking legal action to take against these types of practices. What's the difference of them infecting an exe to track my game playing habits or me infecting their exe to distribute a virus?