Microsoft has decided that Ask's tactics of changing user settings puts in the "malware" category. So, starting this month, Microsoft's virus removal tool that's built into Windows is going to remove Ask automatically. Sort of.
There is a little more to the story. The latest version of the Ask toolbar actually doesn't hijack your home page or search settings anymore, so Microsoft is going to leave the latest version alone.
Microsoft is only targeting older versions of the Ask toolbar. And because the Ask toolbar updates whenever you open your browser, Ask says only about 1% of its users are going to be affected.
Still, Microsoft's policies have forced Ask to change some of its most annoying features, which is a win for everyone, except Ask.
Have you had a run-in with the Ask toolbar? Do you actually find it useful? Should Microsoft remove the current version of the Ask toolbar anyway? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
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