Sun Java Promoting Microsoft Toolbar
I’ve written more than once about annoying toolbars but I ran into one today that just made me laugh. I was updating Java and during the setup, they encouraged me to “Get the new MSN Toolbar for FREE”.
While this is annoying, it’s ironic in so many ways. At one time, Java was on a path to change the computing world and was expected to be one of the hottest technologies of the decade. That was before Microsoft bastardized Java and eventually killed support for it. While Java is still a great tool it never reached the popular role it was once destined for.
Even more ironic was that I was updating Java on my Google Chrome Browser. The idea of using an MSN Toolbar on Chrome is truly bizarre.
As I’ve indicated in the past, the economics of hoisting toolbars on unsuspecting downloads is force to be reckoned with. Sun and its Java line will soon be owned by Oracle but I don’t expect any change in toolbar deals.
April 20th: Oracle to Buy Sun
As I completed this article I read that a dreaded cease & desist order was recently sent the download site Softpedia by makers of Comodo Internet Security. Softpedia has their own standards for classifying software and categorized Comodo as “adware” because they bundled the Ask.com toolbar. They’re not exactly alone.
As a result of this threat of legal action, Softpedia has chosen to remove any Comodo products from their online library. Hopefully, Comodo won’t threaten others who call them out like the Calendar of Update Installers Hall of Shame.