BitDefender has joined the dark side. By end of year, @WinPatrol may be alone in not having an Ask Toolbar. http://bit.ly/NcP3CThe link from the Twitter quote leads to a thread at Wilders Security where member EsoxLucius confirms with a screen capture the inclusion of Ask in the BitDefender product:
- This is not a masked ask toolbar, it is a BitDefender toolbar with and added search box (in this case ask)As a result of the inclusion of the Ask search engine in the BitDefender Anti-Phising product, Calendar of Updates (CoU) has discontinued providing update information on BitDefender. (See the CoU list of products with the Ask Toolbar.)
- No search, browsing habits, browsing history is captured and sent anywhere.
- The ask.com search box is mentioned in the first step of the installation.
- The choice regarding what toolbar to use is not mine to make and I can't really say why IAC.
Granted, it is stated in the installation of the BitDefender Anti-Phishing toolbar that Ask is included. The problem is how many people read beyond seeing the buttons to click Next > Next > Finish?
Based on the history of IAC/Ask, one can only guess that BitDefender also succumbed to the pay-per-install offer by IAC. The popular browsers (IE 7, IE 8, Firefox, Opera and Safari) all include anti-phishing. A separate anti-phishing toolbar certainly appears redundant to me, particularly one that forces the use of a pay-per install search engine.
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