Unfortunately, I learned from a comment posted by "The Dean" at Bits from Bill that the recent update to the popular substitute, Foxit (no connection to the Mozilla Firefox browser), now includes the Ask Toolbar, disguised as the "Foxit Toolbar".
In a discussion at WinVistaClub Forum, my friend Seti shared his recent experience with Foxit and gave me permission to reproduce his comments here:
"There was the tool bar, and when you unchecked the tick box you get the following message: by not installing the this toolbar the following items will not be available for free use:typewriter tools and text converter. So a condition of installing the tool bar you get these things, otherwise you don't. So it is not complete! So I went ahead and then I looked at my desk top and there was a short cut to ebay! This was not mentioned at any stage that it would be placed there! I quickly removed the whole thing and then checked in my registry and it was still showing there so I deleted that as well. Conclusion: It does have the toolbar included and there is an unexpected short cut as well. As far as I am concerned it can foxit off, because I wont be using it"Friends and regular Security Garden readers know how I feel about pre-checked, opt-out add-ons. In this case, I understand that even unchecking the toolbar addition does not prevent the installation. Apparently the $1/install has resulted in enticing the Foxit software developers to resort to this measure.
WinPatrol to the rescue again.
- Attention: Anti-spyware Coalition and to All Security Scanner software vendors
- Ask.com's Privacy Tool Tracks Users, Groups Tell Feds
- Ask.com Will Keep Your Secrets (Although Its Advertisers Won't)
- Ask.com Complaint (PDF from Epic.org)
- Ask Jeeves Toolbar Installs via Banner Ads at Kids Sites
- Current Practices of IAC/Ask Toolbars
- Dealing with Unwanted Spyware and Parasites
- How many toolbars do you want? Enough With the Browser Toolbars Already!
- Installers Hall of Shame
- Not happy with this: Symantec partners with Ask.com
- SecurityGarden Posts Labeled "Ask"
- The Ad / Content Separation, and Ask.com Advertising at MySpace
- Would you like Toolbar with your Software Order?
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