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  # 440676 17-Feb-2011 12:55
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Google, Bing and the other toolbars are used to gather clickstream data... sent back to search engines to improve search results and rankings.

Many free applications bundle toolbars and other crapware as it's a revenue source, google and microsoft are willing to pay to get the clickstream data.

Some people actually like the Google and MS toolbars and always install them, I don't personally.

As long as there's an option to untick it during installation and if you do install it you can cleanly uninstall it I don't see the issue.

The real issue is spyware bundled with free programs where there is no option to not install it and/or it doesn't cleanly uninstall... Bing and Google toolbars don't fit that MO.

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  # 441394 19-Feb-2011 03:22

Oh my, quibbling over the state of a single checkbox... As others have stated, we've heard it all before with Ask, Google, Yahoo, and a myriad of others. The fact remains by leaving it in the checked state, these companies get a lot of people, who weren't annoyed with toolbars ten years ago, to use their toolbar, thus increasing their marketshare.

One click and move on, or I guess you could uncheck it and then type several messages on the interweb about it about it. Lol


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  # 441401 19-Feb-2011 07:51
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Yep... And worst case scenario, if you left the checkbox marked and installed it "by mistake", go to the Control Panel and remove it.

It's not like adware/spyware software, that make removal almost impossible...

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  # 444616 1-Mar-2011 22:16
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Moral of the story; Always custom install new software and/or updates.

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