Windows 10: Ask Toolbar gets the banhammer on Windows

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  1.    11 Jun 2015 #1

    Ask Toolbar gets the banhammer on Windows

    You know it, I know it, Wikipedia knows it, and now Windows knows it: the Ask Toolbar is a bad thing that nobody wants on their PC. The next time the Ask Toolbar tries to sneak onto your computer it will be marked as “unwanted software” (that’s a nice way of saying malware) by Microsoft’s security tools. Microsoft previously warned it would take action against software that tries to prevent users from changing their browser’s default search engine.

    Although the age of the browser toolbar is pretty much over, Ask’s Toolbar has managed to live on as software bundled with Oracle’s Java for Windows. In March, Oracle also extended the Ask Toolbar download to Macs.

    Bundleware is bad enough since even veteran PC users can be tricked into installing unwanted software—especially when you’re multitasking. But the Ask Toolbar has its own special annoyances. When installed it switches your browser’s default search provider to, and when you try to switch away it attempts to prevent you from doing so with a pop-up warning. If you’re not careful the toolbar can also reappear the next time you update Java.

    But the power of the Ask Toolbar is no more, as first noted on Slashdot. Microsoft warned that as of June 1 any program containing search protection functionality—code that tries to stop you from changing your browser or default search settings—would be treated as malware.

    It appears Microsoft made good on its promise. Microsoft’s Malware Center now lists the Win32/Ask Toolbar as posing a “high threat to your PC.” The Ask Toolbar entry was first published in February, but was updated on Tuesday.

    Microsoft’s security products including Windows Defender on Windows 8 and up, and Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7 and Vista can now detect and remove the toolbar.

    The impact on you at home: This is great news for anyone who spends the holidays doing tech support for parents, aunts, and cousins. The Ask Toolbar is one of the leading annoyances most of us end up dealing with during those times. Now, however, Microsoft’s software should do all the heavy lifting allowing you to focus on reverting your sister’s default keyboard setting back to English and getting Outlook to download mail again on your uncle’s PC.
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  2. Dude's Avatar
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       11 Jun 2015 #1

    Good news
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  3. Wynona's Avatar
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       11 Jun 2015 #2

    Great! Maybe it'll get that nasty one too! I hate that thing!
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  4.    12 Jun 2015 #3

    Good thing. The whole model of pushing junk on people should be changed, my parents don't understand why they have to look for the smaller button instead of pushing the obvious one.
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  5.    12 Jun 2015 #4

    Good first start.. anything that does this is malware in my book.
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       12 Jun 2015 #5

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    Good first start.. anything that does this is malware in my book.
    Or Bullyware.
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  7.    12 Jun 2015 #6

    hopefully other useless toolbars get banned too good start
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  8.    12 Jun 2015 #7

    Yes, it's a great news
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  9.    12 Jun 2015 #8

    Hi there

    I hope also those confusing websites that deliberately confuse people into downloading the WRONG software with all those Green arrows etc are mercilessly exposed too.

    Even Softpaedia is cleaning up its act slightly these days --Malware isn't worth it any more if the sites that still try and use it realize that there's no future (or more importantly) any money id installing this type of B/S on to people's computers.

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  10.    12 Jun 2015 #9

    I never get where the money is in the first place: you would think the bad reputation for sponsoring this kind of crap would exceed the visibility you gain by displaying the ads.
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