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12/3/2008 Correction/Clarification: This is not technically the Ask Toolbar. It’s actually a STOPzilla toolbar that uses Ask search results. More here.

Yet another security vendor succumbs to bundling the Ask Toolbar with their product — and again, pre-selected (and when you go to uninstall the STOPzilla, you’re still left with the Ask Toolbar to uninstall).

This is getting gross.

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Ask pays handsomely for these bundling arrangements, but is money ever that important that you would treat a customer this way?

It seems most people feel the same way I do — previous comment storms here (Zone Labs) and here (WebRoot). However, there are always the apologists. Feel free to post your opinion.

Alex Eckelberry
(And thank for the heads-up, Scoobie)