Ehow recently closed their site to letting "just anyone" write and are routing new article solely through Demand Studios, which you basically need a resume to apply for and the entrance exam is brutal and denies like 95% of applicants. Almost all bad articles have been removed at this time and no articles are let on the site now without being reviewed. The entire moderation system was, at several points, shut down and basically marked as "all done." It's now, finally, a respectable source of information. Expert exchange on the other hand is a joke and the two should NOT be grouped together like that.
The problem is, where do you draw the line? If it comes with no antivirus, lazy people will not install one. If it was preinstalled with something a lot lighter and better than Symantec like Avast or Nod32 or even the basic Kaspersky, nobody would be complaining. Then they add in a DVD burning suite which is less necessary than in XP but still very nice to have. I myself preinstall Adobe Reader X and Flash 10.1 and Java v23 on all machines I build for people so they have full web functionality and the latest secure version. HP Advisor/Update and the Bing toolbar are unacceptable but where are they going to draw the line?