Ask toolbar spyware included with Java installs

Oracle has now started to spread Ask toolbar spyware with its Java installations. Oracle has a nice page on this here, making this look innocent and nice. The problem is that Oracle is lying and this is far from being nice. Since this is nothing but spyware and is going to create a lot of run-time problems with your browser. I am not the first one to cover this, far from it, an article on this subject can be found here with information on how to avoid this problem with the Ask toolbar.

Next time you install or update Java, the Ask toolbar boxes and any other software other than Java it self should be left unchecked like this.

Oracle Java Ask spyware check boxes. Screenshot that I took.

Oracle should stop doing this. I don’t think they care enough however to do so. So people need to stay aware of this issue with Java installs.