Ghacks was one of the first blogs to write about the release of Foxit Reader 4.0 yesterday. We mentioned that Foxit are bundling the Ask Toolbar (called Foxit Search Bar and Foxit Toolbar) and an eBay shortcut with their software, and that users should pay attention to the installation process to avoid installing stuff that they do not want or need.
The custom installation of Foxit Reader 4 provides options to decline the installation of the Ask Toolbar and the eBay desktop shortcut.
The process however is a little bit deceptive as Lee over at the Download Squad points out.
Take a good look at the Foxit Search Bar installation window.
It is packed with text, two checkboxes and three buttons at the bottom. Users who do not want the Ask Toolbar to be installed can click on Decline to continue the installation. Users who do not read the wording on that page carefully might assume that unchecking the checkboxes is all it takes to avoid installing the toolbar on the system.
If they do that and click I accept they install the toolbar anyway. The checkboxes are only there to make Ask the default search provider and the homepage.
If you do not hit Decline you end up with the toolbar. Some users might say that this is pretty deceptive, especially with all the text displayed in that window. Users who do not read the text carefully end up with the Ask Toolbar installed.
If you have already installed Foxit Reader 4 and are wondering why you now have the Foxit Toolbar installed, this is why.
The Foxit Toolbar can be uninstalled in the Windows Control Panel without affecting Foxit Reader itself.
As an interesting side note; The msi installer that is offered next to the exe installer on the Foxit website does not contain the toolbar. It is a general observation that msi installers should be preferred especially when installing software from companies with a track record of adding stuff to the installation that most users do not need or use.
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