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Oracle Now Bundling Ask.com Adware With Java for Mac

For years, Oracle has been bundling an Ask.com search toolbar with Java for Windows, relying on what some call deceptive methods to get users to install the add-on to their browsers. Now, the company has extended its adware strategy to Java for Mac, according to ZDNet.

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The unwelcome Ask extension shows up as part of the installer if a Mac user downloads Java 8 Update 40 for the Mac. In my tests on a Mac running that latest release of OS X, the installer added an app to the current browser, Chrome version 41. (In a separate test, I installed Java using the latest version of Safari, where it behaved in a similar fashion.)
The Java installer selects the option to install the Ask extension by default, which means that users casually clicking through the dialogue boxes would find the extension installed and enabled on their browser of choice. Oracle has also updated its installation instructions for Mac to account for the change.

As noted by ZDNet, Ask.com typically provides low-quality search results and numerous ads with little distinction between ads and organic results. Ask.com parent company IAC pays a commission to Oracle and other companies that bundle the Ask extension with its products.

Users who want to remove the Ask toolbar can do so from the Help menu for the Ask toolbar on Chrome. Alternatively, users can go to the Chrome menu bar, then Preferences, then the settings page, then Manage Search Engines to remove Ask, followed by removing the extension from the Extension tab. Safari users can do so by going to Extensions in the Safari preferences and turning it off.

Tags: Oracle, Java


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21 months ago
Bye-bye Java
Rating: 40 Votes
21 months ago
I HATE it when installers do this. Like just let us install the dang software, nobody WANTS the toolbars or crapware.

And Java really isn't the best either so...
Rating: 39 Votes
21 months ago
Wow... Oracle is really THAT desparate.
Rating: 32 Votes
21 months ago
Really ???
Rating: 26 Votes
21 months ago
Wow, even Oracle pushes you to remove it from your devices now.
How kind of them.

Glassed Silver:mac
Rating: 25 Votes
21 months ago
One of the many reasons I moved to Mac OS was to get away from extra bundled software especially when you first buy the computer. I'm glad Apple doesn't do this, except for iOS (Tips, podcasts, stocks, iBooks). I really hope other companies don't follow along with this and apple never includes useless software with the Mac.
Rating: 18 Votes
21 months ago
Here tell them to stop.........

Here all start complaining!!!

http://bugreport.java.com/bugreport/main.jsp At the bottom under “Report an Issue” from the drop down select “Comments and/or Suggestions” and write away!

If thats not enough for you send the CEO’s an email as well!! mark.hurd@oracle.com and safra.catz@oracle.com they seem to hold a joint CEO positions.
Rating: 17 Votes
21 months ago

I HATE it when installers do this. Like just let us install the dang software, nobody WANTS the toolbars or crapware.

And Java really isn't the best either so...




They prey on non-techie people and such. I've had to 'fix' a few friends and relatives computers from stuff like this.
Rating: 15 Votes
21 months ago
Yet another reason to not download Java on my Mac.
Rating: 15 Votes
21 months ago
I don't have any patience for this. Java uninstalled. It's not like I have much call to use it or write code with it these days anyhow.
Rating: 15 Votes

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