The five most annoying PC programs, according to the Download Squad. Follow the link for their rationales:
1. Adobe Acrobat Reader
3. Real Player
4. Internet Explorer
5. Microsoft Outlook
(Aside) Since I don’t use Windows, none of these annoy me (full disclosure: except for work, when I sometimes use the Acrobat Reader).
I do use Real Player for Linux, but it’s an implementation of the Helix player with a Real Player label, and it is decidely not annoying. No pop-up reminders, no services that start stealthily in the background and phone home to Seattle, no advertising. Just a nice little player for stuff in Real Player formats.