Whether its search engines that you have to pay for, constantly being bombarded by adverts of even just Apple's attitude, there are loads of tech-related annoyances in cyberspace. We've rounded up the 23 that frustrate us the most.

When it comes to the tech world, for every service, website or function that makes our life that little bit easier, there's one that annoys the hell out of us and makes us scream with frustration. We're either bombarded by adverts that we're not interested in or being slowed by applications and services that we have no need for. We've put together a list of 23 tech services that are quite frankly pointless and very annoying.

Seven wonders of Microsoft 'innovation'

Microsoft Live Search
Isn't it wonderful that they have to pay you to use it?

Windows Genuine Advantage and Microsoft Product Activation
Isn't it wonderful that Microsoft makes sure you have the quality that only its official products can bring?

Microsoft Service Packs and Patch Tuesday
Isn't it wonderful that Microsoft is so assiduous about fixing the defects that its official products actually do bring you?

Security updates that won't install despite many attempts
Isn't it wonderful that Microsoft seems to possess such passion for my potential?

Untimely abandonment of support for slightly aged products

Isn't it wonderful that cars that can rust will last longer than Microsoft products that can't?

Five 'insanely great' things about Apple's approach to 'customer service'

PR people and tech support mailboxes whose cynical motto is 'No comment' or 'We'll get back to you'
We're still waiting. Kind of like early iPhone 3G customers with connection problems.

Genius Bars with smug fanboys instead of geniuses
Attitude? You got a problem with that?

Steve Jobs's clever cultivation of sycophantic reporters
Ever see a negative review of a new Apple product the day it comes out? Unfailing cheerleaders get the products first.

Non-removable batteries
Why should you have to bother with the arduous task of replacing a battery when Apple employees are happy to do it for you for a sizable fee?

"One more thing"
Nope, it's not just another overpriced, overhyped product. It's a way of life!

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