Last month, Microsoft changed its policies to protect search settings and said that if any software tries to control searches, then it will be termed as “malware”, and removed by Microsoft’s security software built into Windows 7 and above.That Crappy Ask Toolbar Java installs on your machine? MSFT's Security says its Malware and Removes it Click To Tweet
In late 2014 we announced changes to our evaluation criteria regarding the way we detect programs that have search protection functionality.Microsoft security products will detect programs with browser search protection functionality from June 1, 2015.Non-compliant programs that exhibit such functionality will be detected by our software signatures that look for browser search protection code. Any program using code that can potentially perform search protection may be detected, regardless of whether the code is active.To avoid detection, developers should remove any search protection code from their programs, regardless of whether it is functional or not. (Source: Technet Blogs)
And, now, Microsoft has termed the Ask toolbar as a malware for just that.
Ask Toolbar is that unwanted useless bundled up stuff that is installed when you install Java if you aren’t too careful! Who wants that anyway? So, this is something that I love Microsoft for!