[Ads-l] New to me: "foistware, crapware, drive-by install"

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Fri Feb 27 06:41:25 UTC 2015

This is an interesting extension of drive-by. Here is a video clip in 
which Robin Williams's character claims Pierce Brosnan's character was 
hit by a run-by fruiting in the movie "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993):


I've always assumed that's also an extension of "drive-by."

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

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> Wilson Gray <mailto:hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
> February 26, 2015 at 11:40 AM
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> Subject: New to me: "foistware, crapware, drive-by install"
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> West's California Digest 2d - Volume 26, Part 1 - Page 132
> https://books.google.com/books?id=3D8sFIAQAAIAAJ
> 1998 - =E2=80=8ESnippet view - =E2=80=8EMore editions
> Supplier of software that detected "foistware," i.e., programs that had
> been unknowingly downloaded by users over Internet...
> foistware - Wiktionary
> en.wiktionary.org/wiki/foistware
> Wiktionary
> foistware (uncountable). (computing) Software that is installed 
> without the
> user's knowledge or consent, often bundled with another product.
> [quotations =E2=96=BD]. 2003
> http://goo.gl/Ke9vLi
> [A]llow me to explain what foistware (aka crapware, drive-by-installs) is:
> Foistware is software that is bundled along with other software that 
> has no
> relation whatsoever to the program that the user is installing. The
> foistware itself may be a legit program, though ["but"?] the manner in
> which it is installed makes it foistware.

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