The Ask toolbar is now a pre-selected install option when you download Java.
Java Chooses Ask Toolbar for You
By Richard Hay for Windows Observer
The effort required to keep your computer safe from malware, viruses, rogue software and other threats is a daily battle.
Even the most conscientious computer users can fall victim to some of these threats because they are constantly changing their form and methods of delivery.
One of the seemingly innocuous issues I see on a regular basis on computers are toolbars but they are some of the tougher ones to remove at times because they dig their tentacles deep into your system and hold on tightly.
Unfortunately, many of these toolbars get into your system by piggy backing on other legitimate installations of helper software or even downloads you grab from legitimate download sites such as cNet’s Download.com.
For quite some time the Ask.com Toolbar has piggy backed on legitimate installations of Java on computers however, something has changed recently that makes it more likely to be installed on your system instead of you being able to opt-out. By default the Ask.com Toolbar install with the Java installation is already pre-selected for you.