Viewpoint Toolbar ("VPT") made its first appearance on one of my PCs this evening. I see from several Google and microsoft.com queries that led me to this site (and to register with you once I'd seen what you have to offer) that VPT has been around at least since 2004. Therefore, I count myself lucky that it spared me until tonight. As we speak, the computer where it made its appearance is still running an MS Defender Beta Full Scan (undoubtedly, to no avail) and that follows on a McAfee AntiVirus 7.0.1 Enterprise Version on-demand scan (no infected files -- of course). All this done while the VPT pop-up in the bottom right corner of the screen remained there, untouched, luring me to click on one of its options (which do NOT include the option to simply close it). That this new box for software that has never been present on my machine (and STILL is not present, so far as I can tell) popped up when I started the PC this evening, and that it claimed to be an urgent "update" was enough to set my alert status to code BRIGHT RED, prompting the response of running all the protection software that I had on the machine (the McAfee and MS Defender products), but what really throws me is how it can be that PC Mag and others seem to regard it as legitimate! It doesn't just throw me, it scares me. I'm ready to close up shop on my business here at home and adjourn to the public library from now on. Oh yes, I did find "hopkinso"'s instructions for removing VPT elsewhere on your site. It came up when I Googled "Problems with Viewpoint Toolbar". And I thank you very much for it; however, the instructions from hopkinso, though utterly clear and concise, reached to such a depth systemwise (even turning off System Restore and then turning it back on at the end of the removal operation) that I was struck with the thought that (assuming that my efforts tonight do indeed fail and the thing installs itself despite my resistance) if this is what it takes to get rid of something that the powers-that-be (MS, PC-Mag) are pretending is safe and innocuous, then how long can it be before the same powers-that-be give the stamp of approval to still another invasive mass of code that will have to removed by similar surgery reaching right down to the bottom depths of my computer? No no no, best not to access the Web at all on my own machine, the one that has the data and correspondence of my livelihood. Better to go "off the grid" in terms of Internet usage. Any who wish to debate this point?