INSTRUCTION STRINGS ACCESSORIES MUSIC LINKS
 Visit Our Catalog at SteelGuitarShopper.com for Steel Guitars, Strings, Instruction, Music and Accessories 
Forum Index
where steel players meet online
The Steel Guitar Forum

Post new topic Blocking ask.com toolbar from installing
Reply to topic
Author Topic:  Blocking ask.com toolbar from installing
Jack Stoner


From:
Inverness, Fl
Post Posted 24 Apr 2010 3:23 am     Reply with quote

I downloaded the latest foxit pdf reader as their tech support told me it would fix a printing problem I was having with foxit. However, when installing it has options to install the ask.com toolbar. I don't want it (don't have any added toolbars) and unchecked the boxes so it wouldn't install. However it still installed itself in a folder in the X86 Programs File folder and I kept getting notices from "WinPatrol" that it wanted to install the toolbar. I kept checking NO (to not allow it to install/run) but within about a minute WinPatrol came up with the same notice and again I checked NO. This cycle continued. I tried uninstalling it with Revo Uninstaller and it wouldn't uninstall. I finally had to use System Restore to get rid of it (and of course the new version of foxit).

I had the same problem with the ask.com toolbar when I tried to install a different program a while back and had to use System Restore to get rid of it, and the program I wanted to install.

I realize this the "price" for free software, but there has to be a way to uninstall the ask.com software other than System Restore. I did delete the Programs File folder and reboot but ask.com apparently "infiltrates" other areas, probably including the registry, and was still there and System Restore was the only way to get rid of it.
I've had other programs that have options to also install the google toolbar or the bing toolbar but those "behaved" properly and didn't install anything when I unchecked the option to install.

Any suggestions on uninstalling the unwanted ask.com crap? or blocking it from doing what it wants and installing.
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Cal Sharp


From:
the farm in Kornfield Kounty, TN
Post Posted 24 Apr 2010 7:53 am     Reply with quote

Hey Jack. On a Mac you can go to Tools/Add-Ons in FF and uninstall toolbars. I've got a bunch of them. Haven't checked this on a Windows machine.
_________________
C#
Sound bite
Me: Steel Guitar Madness
Latest ebook: Steel Guitar Insanity
Custom Made Covers for Steel Guitars & Amps at Sharp Covers Nashville
Web Sites for Musicians at Sharp Sites Nashville.
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Wiz Feinberg


From:
Mid-Michigan, USA
Post Posted 24 Apr 2010 12:34 pm     Reply with quote

Jack, read this info and let me know if it helps get rid of the Ask/Foxit Toolbar: http://itechlog.com/windows/2009/03/09/remove-askcom-toolbar-on-firefox-ie/. Be sure you also read the comments from readers.
_________________
"Wiz" Feinberg, Moderator SGF Computers Forum
Security Consultant
Twitter: @Wizcrafts
Main web pages: Wiztunes Steel Guitar website | Wiz's Security Blog | My Webmaster Services | Acronis True Image | Trend Micro Security | MalwareBytes
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website AIM Address
Wiz Feinberg


From:
Mid-Michigan, USA
Post Posted 24 Apr 2010 3:12 pm     Reply with quote

I have just published some more information about the forced installation of the Ask Toolbar with the Foxit PDF program. You can find it on my Blog, in this article: http://www.wizcrafts.net/blogs/2010/04/the_foxit_pdf_reader_is_becoming_an_adware_sup.html - where I refer to the Foxit Reader as becoming a PUP. Removal instructions are included in my article.
_________________
"Wiz" Feinberg, Moderator SGF Computers Forum
Security Consultant
Twitter: @Wizcrafts
Main web pages: Wiztunes Steel Guitar website | Wiz's Security Blog | My Webmaster Services | Acronis True Image | Trend Micro Security | MalwareBytes
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website AIM Address
John Cipriano


From:
San Francisco
Post Posted 24 Apr 2010 9:45 pm     Reply with quote

Well it sounds like you already fixed it, right? But I guess you could say there isn't a "right" way to get rid of all of the traces, since good software should keep track of its changes and undo them when asked. If you can find Foxit's installation log you'll be in a better place to look for things it left behind.

Barring that, you typically just look for files, folders, and registry keys with the name of the software. And you look in the usual startup locations if it's something that launches on startup:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial44.html

That's basically what Revo does, right? But with IE add-ons I think the files are named with a unique ID rather than what they contain. So you need specialized tools for getting rid of those. Spybot has something for that, I'm sure there are other ones too.

Anyway, and this is really the point of my post... if Foxit is letting you down and you don't want Adobe Reader, which IMO is becoming more and more of a liability these days, check out Sumatra PDF. It's tiny and fast and there's no BS. As with Foxit, there are going to be some advanced things that only the real Adobe Reader can handle, but 99% of documents you encounter don't use JavaScript or revision tracking or fillable forms, etc. Anyway, try it.
http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf/index.html
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Joe Harwell


From:
"I've never been bad." ........ Many, LA
Post Posted 26 Apr 2010 7:56 pm     Firefox about:config Reply with quote

In the address bar type: about:config

Filter on the term "ask".
It may say "User defined".
I don't know if it says "Default".

If it's ask.com can double click it
or right click, reset to default value.

This really sucks. Hasn't happened to me yet,
but glad to know this info on the unauthorized install.
_________________
Joe in LA

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak & the strong; because, someday in life you will have been all of these".
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Jack Stoner


From:
Inverness, Fl
Post Posted 27 Apr 2010 2:04 am     Reply with quote

I "permanently" fixed Foxit. I dumped it in favor of the free "nuance" PDF reader. It is from the same company that makes Dragon naturally speaking software.

Nuance
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail

All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Jump to:  

Our Online Catalog
Strings, CDs, instruction,
steel guitars & accessories

www.SteelGuitarShopper.com

Steel Guitar Music
Instrumental steel guitar CDs for your permanent collection
www.SteelGuitarMusic.com

Please review our Forum Rules and Policies

The Steel Guitar Forum
148 South Cloverdale Blvd.
Cloverdale, CA 95425 USA

Support This Forum


BIAB Styles
Ray Price Shuffles for Band-in-a-Box
by Jim Baron
HTTP