|“||Nice to meet you, Expand Dong!||”|
—Bonzi Buddy in Joel's Windows XP Destruction
Bonzi Buddy is the mascot character of the computer program of the same name. The computer program appears as a helper that can interact with the user, from telling jokes and asking questions to doing searches and helping with files. The program is most well-known for actually being a malicious spyware program that can install viruses on the user's computer and cause the computer to become infected with multiple unwanted programs and various problems, including changing their browser without consent.
BonziBuddy became most well-known in the vinesauce community when Joel streamed a Windows XP Destruction in which he attempted to infect his Windows XP OS with viruses. One of the programs Joel downloaded was Bonzi Buddy. Joel now-famously entered his name as "Expand Dong", which is now a meme in the vinesauce community.The program contained viruses and spyware. As Joel first attempted to download the BonziBuddy program, a window popped up which then redirected to a rogue pornographic website, which possibly could have had malware as well.
As a result of multiple claims of the program being adware and spyware, Bonzi Software was involved in legal trouble and discontinued the Bonzi program, while still keeping the webpage up. The original webpage was shut down in 2008 but is still available on mirror sites.
- The text-to speech voice that is used for Bonzi is named Sydney and is taken from an old Lernout & Hauspie Microsoft Speech package.
- A grave for BonziBUDDY appeared at the end of the stream highlights for XP while Joel sings "My Heart Will Go On" and laughs. On the gravestone, it says: "My greatest dream is a world without Jews".