I was setting up a PC for a friend yesterday and needed to install a popular shareware archival app that has been recognized as the best in its category and has never been bundled with any crap.
I opened up Firefox and typed the name in the search bar which had Yahoo set as the default search provider - as Firefox have notably done recently. I clicked on the first link that appeared, which for all intents and purposes appeared to be the link from the actual creator of said application.
But in fact it was not. It was some sleazebag site which basically bundles a load of crapware into the installer. Even when I carefully unselected all the crapware it was trying to profer, it still installed a PUP IE addon that Malwarebytes picked up. In short, Yahoo has descended to the level of pushing shading companies which install malware on people's computers and hijack the installers of legitimate shareware products. And Firefox have descended to making this company (Yahoo) their default search provider.
This is total shit. The model of the Internet as some kind of enhanced TV experience which tracks everything people do and targets and infiltrates them has got to stop.
You are totally right in seeing that there is no qualitative difference between what corporations are doing, what governments are doing, and what scammers are doing. We have moved from an age of true innovation to one of scamming. Hence why banking and investment are so big.