Something that has been a point of contention, particularly within the security community, is the inclusion of pre-checked toolbars with security software. This practice has resulted in discontinuing recommendations for those programs, even though the software is offered free for personal use.
SUPERAntiSpyware has apparently found it necessary to supplement the support of the free version of SUPERAntiSpyware by the inclusion of the Ask Toolbar. The difference between the inclusion of the toolbar by SUPERAntiSpyware and other vendors is that it is opt-in rather than opt-out (pre-checked).
Nick Skrepetos*, developer of SUPERAntiSpyware, provided the statement below at Wilders Security Forums:
"It's not bundled, but rather an optional install that, if elected, enables a Professional feature - scheduled scanning at no charge. A "bundle" means it's included and installed as part of the package - we have an optional install. Nothing is disabled or features lost if the user elects not to install - it's still the great free SUPERAntiSpyware we have always produced!"
If SUPERAntiSpyware is your anti-malware software program of choice, consider purchasing a license for the software. However, if your preference is to continue using the free version, the built in Windows Scheduler is an option to use in order to schedule scanning.
*SUPERAntiSpyware was acquired by Support.com in June, 2011. Press Release: Support.com Expands Software Offerings With Acquisition of SUPERAntiSpyware