Apparently, hackers wanting to control PCs are wasting their time with elaborate botnetsand vulnerability exploits -- all they may really need is some pocket change. A study found that between 22 to 43 percent of people were willing to install unknown software on their PCs in return for payments ranging from a penny to a dollar, even when their OS flagged the app as a potential threat that required permission to run. While you might think that respondents would naturally be a bit suspicious, that wasn't usually the case. As researcher Nicolas Christin notes, just 17 people out of 965 were running virtual machines that limited the possible damage; only one person went in fully expecting trouble, according to exit surveys.
"Why is my computer running slow?" "Why is it acting weird?" "Stupid computers!"
The sorts of things people who willing install suspect software on their system say when their PCs act up.