When you are installing Java on your Windows system or update the application when a new version is released, you may receive an offer to install the Ask Toolbar along with it.
If you have denied the offer once, chance is that you will do so in the future which means that it is not really necessary that it is being displayed to you whenever you install or update Java.
The Ask Toolbar itself has no connection to Java, and not installing it does not affect Java in any way. But if you don't notice that, you may end up with the toolbar installed on your system.
Besides installing a toolbar, it will also make Ask.com the default search provider, the browser home page and the new tab page.
Tip: If you have installed the toolbar, make sure to read our detailed guide on how to remove it again on your system.
There are two options to block the sponsored offer from being displayed to you.
Download the full offline installer
The offer seems to only ship with the net installer and not with the offline installers that you can use instead. The main difference is that the net installer needs an Internet connection during installation to download the most recent files, while the offline installer ships with everything included right away.
You find all offline installers for Java listed on this page.
The only thing that you need to make sure is that the downloaded offline installer is the latest version. This is usually the case if you have downloaded the setup file recently, but if it has been download some time ago, you may want to check the page again to make sure that it is still the most recent version.
You can use the installer as well if an update is available.
Modify the Windows Registry
You can add information to the Windows Registry that disables the sponsored offers that you receive during Java updates or installations (thanks Tcat for making me aware of that).
Here is what you need to do to make this happen:
- Tap on the Windows key, type regedit and hit the enter key afterwards.
- You may receive an UAC prompt that you need to accept with yes.
- If you are using a 32-bit version of Windows, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft
- If you are using a 64-bit version of Windows, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\JavaSoft
- Right-click on JavaSoft and select New > String.
- Name the string SPONSORS.
- Double-click the new string afterwards and change the value to DISABLE.
You can download this small Registry file if you do not like to manipulate the Registry manually. Just download it and run it on your system to add the information to both locations in the Registry: java-sponsor.zip (435 downloads)