Posts Tagged ‘ask toolbar’

Oracle Starts Pushing Yahoo instead of Ask Toolbar with Java Installations

Monday, June 29th, 2015

This isn’t a done deal quite yet, but it’s still good news. The Ask tool bar is more trouble than it’s worth.

When it comes to individual software programs spreading potentially unwanted programs (PUP), it is Adobe Flash and Oracle’s Java that need to be mentioned in this regard in particular due to the immense reach both products have. Adobe’s been spreading McAfee Security Scan Plus with Flash downloads while Oracle had an agreement with Ask to spread the company’s toolbar to user systems. The latter appears a thing of the past though as the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Oracle will soon replace the Ask Toolbar offer included in new Java installations and upgrades with Yahoo offers.

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Beware – Avira Partners with Ask and UniBlue

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

This article pretty much sums up the major disadvantage of many freeware security products …

Free products often have a much wider reach than commercial software. This may be especially true when it comes to security software for the PC. This in turn makes the programs ideal candidates for companies like Ask or UniBlue who want their applications to be installed on as many computer systems as possible.

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Ask Toolbar Removal – How to Uninstall

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Here’s how to get rid of that annoying Ask toolbar …

The Ask Toolbar has been developed by the makers of the Ask Search engine to allow easier access to the search engine’s search functionality. The toolbar is infamous for its inclusion in freeware applications. Many users install a bundled version of the toolbar accidentally, especially if they do not pay attention to software installation dialogs that include the toolbar in the setup. The Ask Toolbar is usually selected for installation by default, which means that users need to disable it during the setup to avoid ending up with it.

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