May 16, 2013

Junkware is not always considered a problem

In general I have always been careful enough when installing things to keep my system from picking up extra browser toolbars and crap like that.  Things like the very irritating Ask dot com (no I won't link to them) toolbar that installs with Java updates if you aren't careful.   They can also be very difficult to get rid of if you do pick up one of these barnacles.  

This was the topic of a rant by a caller to the Mike Tech Show podcast a couple of weeks ago.  After that lament, a number of people wrote in with fixes for the problem.  The real issue is that not everyone considers these irritations to be junk, so anti-malware/anti-virus/anti-spamware programs don't get rid of them.  

Instead of reinventing the wheel, I will point you to Mike's web page for his podcast.  He has links to the relevant removal tools and he discusses them in the podcast (near the beginning).  If you have problems with these things, go check it out. 

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