Monday, 27 October 2014

Java installs Ask unless the user opts out

The Ask.com toolbar is a controversial browser add-in often labelled as malware. Unfortunately Oracle Java installs and updates installs it by default:

The user can of course opt-out. But as Wikipedia points out:
The Ask.com toolbar is often unintentionally installed during the installation of partner software, including Oracle Java; this may take advantage of a user's lack of critical evaluation.
It's just not good enough.