Meanwhile, in idiotic-decisions-made-by-a-Fortune-500-Company news... Quite likely one of the world's largest software publishers - Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) has been installing adware along with the JAVA SE Runtime and other JAVA applications on user machines. Evidence of Greed or just Bad Decisions, you be the judge. In this case, when installing the JAVA bits, the ASK.com toolbar is loaded onto the unfortunate victims machine (users can opt-out, but it is not an easy choice to make).
"Tests on a Mac running the latest OS X release proved Oracle's newest Java installer will tack on the Ask extension to both Google's Chrome browser and Apple's Safari, using what some may consider deceptive practices. The option to install Ask is selected by default, meaning users proceeding through installer pop-ups are unlikely to notice the adware until they open a new browser window. Once installed, Ask's extension points the browser's homepage to Ask.com and inserts the Ask toolbar just below the address bar." - via AppleInsider