Screw You, Ask.com--Screw You To Hell! [Pic]

Submitted by: fancylad 7 years ago in Tech

How many innocent computers have been screwed over by Ask.com"s strong-arm tactics?
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Male 795
Erm. Yeah..........
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Female 412
Vuze does the same thing. >< So annoying.
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Male 478
If you do download it, it takes literally 30 seconds to uninstall it in the add/remove programs...
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Male 98
I`ve had several programs that won`t install unless you install the damn ask toolbar. And even if you uninstall it later, the original stops working properly. Too many programs add on useless stuff and make it near impossible to get *just* what you want without extra crap...
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Female 1,043
wow. an installation box on a practically EXTINCT windows program. my sides are just SPLITTING.
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Male 5,626
"just uncheck the boxes, done."
Actually, I just installed a new version of GOM player and I swear I unchecked that effing box and it still ended up showing that ugly assed toolbar on IExploiter.
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Female 355
I don`t get it.
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Male 795
Erm. Yeah..........
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Male 100
just uncheck the boxes, done.
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Male 1,193
i get it. it`s not funny. at all...*sighs* (seriously)
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Male 1,162
What was this about again?
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Male 254
Dont get it...stupid!!!
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Male 253
I should have read before I posted lol you guys are already way ahead of me on this. XD
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Male 253
You don`t have to check either boxes to install whatever it is your downloading. That is asking you if you agree to the terms of the Ask Toolbar.
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Female 343
Why does everything want you to install a damn toolbar?
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Male 894
why is this at number 1 on the top list!? this is stupid! it doesnt even hint to being funny! f**k you ask.com! and f**k you fancy for thinkin this was funny!
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Male 25,416
yep, its not funny!
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Male 535
fail
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Male 2,690
Not even funny.
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Male 690
You can uncheck the choices newfag
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Male 537
Wow... like all freeware has that. Wanna know why? Because its freeware. How else do you think the developers get funding... the time spent on creating some crappy program is not free. Fancyfag is really scraping the bottom of the barrel.
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Female 18
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHhhhh I finally get it lol. Kinda maybe funny.... I know I`ve accidentally added a stupid tool bar while idly clicking through an install process myself so... yea...
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Male 15
Haha! I get it, it`s funny because someone thought this was funny, which it isn`t.
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Male 721
Oh. I get it. Cool?
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Male 959
I have no idea what this is about
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Male 3,482
Hey, guys...

I just noticed...

This is a Fancylad post... So yeah, t`s pre-destined to suck.
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Male 5,194
Pricks. Almost as bad as RealPlayer.
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Male 518
I HATE THIS pooT!!!!! This always happens to me, thank science I am neurotic enough to check everything. but I always get nervous that it is going to hack my computer somehow >.>
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Male 192
I didn`t laugh... I don`t get it? It`s asking to agree to install the Ask Toolbar. So frakking uncheck the two boxes and click Next. That`s not the agreement to install TVersity :/

So a true nerd would not laugh because they would get exactly what it is and just want to know why the hell someone thought it was funny.

More like someone who is slightly nerdy, but doesn`t know too much about it program installation, would laugh. "Haha, they`re making you install it! Get it! Hahahaha!"

A non-nerd (is that a word?) would just stare at it waiting for the scary Exorcist girl to pop up. For those people, here you go:


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Male 117
How could you possibly think it was talking about the agreement for the program you were installing? Are half the people here thick? ):
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Male 172
@RecycleElf

I agree... people it says the agreement for the ask toolbar, not for the server that the guy is installing.
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Male 198
god damn NERDS!
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Female 1,784
*cough*
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Male 174
worst.post.ever!
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Male 1,452
a true Internet nerd would laugh at this...
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Male 3,619
wait.... OMG HAAHAHahahaa people actually think that`s the liscence agreement for the produkt ur instaling?? wtf ppl?

didnt think stupid people were that stupid, wow. they even qualify as a target group for an iab post. lol
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Female 420
woooow a TOOLBAR. Slow newsday?
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Female 83
I was really hoping it was directly calling out I-A-B in there but I have been disappointed.

I guess it`s still vaguely alright after reading the comments to find why it was being damned.
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Male 238
@DeutschDude9: +1

This fails
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Male 472
I think this wins for `2010 Worst post of the year`.
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Male 914
"The agreement`s for the toolbar. You don`t have to tick that box, since you`re not agreeing to it. You can continue without it."

This. That`s absolutely right, the wording is VERY misleading and really does con you in to thinking it`s necessary to install the toolbar but you can uncheck both boxes and still continue installing without the ask.com crap...
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Male 73
The meaning of this is that you HAVE to install the toolbar if you`re gonna accept the license agreement, which is the only way to download the thing you`re downloading.
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Male 3,482
Now, I could understand it if they had the "accept" one un-clicked, and the "next" button was grayed out, but as is... This is just pretty stupid.

Now, it IS a major pain in the ass when you download some new app or something for your web-browser and it sets your f*cking homepage to ask.com every god forsaken time you update or whatever.

I got pissed with a LOT of apps because of that sh*t. Finally switched to google chrome. I`m content, and there`s none of that Ask.com toolbar BS, for obvious reasons.
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Female 122
I don`t... get it...
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Male 1,627
hm okay?
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Male 678
The agreement`s for the toolbar. You don`t have to tick that box, since you`re not agreeing to it. You can continue without it.
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Male 21
I thought it was funny bc this came up as a pop up...
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Male 67
No, if you look it is the installer for TVersity Media Server
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Male 2,238
[quote]Checking the "accept terms" box also means you agree to install the toolbar. It`s literally impossible to continue without it.
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The programme is for the installation of the toolbar.
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Male 199
I am extremely tired with people whining about how much a program sucks because it has yahoo toolbar or some other crap in it. HOW DO YOU THINK THAT PROGRAM IS PAID FOR? Seriously. just un-check the boxes and quit whining and posting crap like this. 1 star thank you very much.
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Male 15,832
Toolbars are for tools.
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Female 80
you`re all stupid. the reason it says accept and install is because... DRUMROLL...


ITS AN INSTALLER FOR THE TOOLBAR!

you need helmets
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Male 813
ElDavo, so impossible it`s possible apparently. Either that or you have no idea what you are talking about.
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Male 689
"Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. "

So, on a mac there are no toolbars? Or do you have steves hand up your ass talking for you. Please respond
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Male 8
You can uncheck accept terms for service and the program still installs just fine. I had to go through this the other day.
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Male 2,148
Checking the "accept terms" box also means you agree to install the toolbar. It`s literally impossible to continue without it.

Dumb, but that`s what it is.
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Male 712
your toolbars...they do not impress me
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Male 4,807
I don`t understand?
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Male 4,014
"I`ve never liked the `Tag-along` programs stuffed inside web downloads, They are annoying. It`s really annoying when you have to fix people`s computers that don`t know what they are doing and install dozens of these toolbars and ad programs."

What blows my mind is that those type of things - as well as SPAM like we see here sometimes -actually make money!
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Male 4,014
"Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. "

Yep, unless its Steve Jobs approved, you don`t want it. We get it, you want others to make your decisions for you.
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Male 99
i don`t get it.
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Female 299
I freaking hate toolbars. I don`t know how many times I`ve had to deselect "Install Yahoo Toolbar" or whatever when downloading something. I remember my grandma`s computer. You would open IE and you literally couldn`t see anything because she had somehow ammassed somewhere around 10 toolbars.
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Male 524
since the whole page is dedicated to ask.com, shouldn`t it be obvious that the license agreement thing refers to the toolbar and not the actual software?
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Male 4,004
"What`s the problem here again?"
"hmm little confused on why this was posted."
"I don`t get this picture... "
"..... Why is this funny or interesting?"
"Forgive me, but I`m not seeing the humor and/or interest in this post."
"ya, im not getting it."
"i dont get it" x5

All quotes above are QFT.

Also, my gripe for this is that Firefox was initially better BECAUSE there were no toolbars. But I guess they forgot that people liked that feature and sold out....within 2 years...

drat the fans.
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Male 587
hmm little confused on why this was posted.
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Male 17,511
I`ve never liked the `Tag-along` programs stuffed inside web downloads, They are annoying. It`s really annoying when you have to fix people`s computers that don`t know what they are doing and install dozens of these toolbars and ad programs.
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Male 8,300
[x] I am an idiot.
[x] I cannot read simple instructions.
[x] I am confused by why computers have an `on` and `off` switch, why can`t it be just one?
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Male 3,310
What`s the problem here again?
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Male 165
"uncheck both boxes and you still get the original program you wanted to install without the add on you don`t want. it isn`t rocket science."

My thoughts exactly
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Male 119
uncheck both boxes and you still get the original program you wanted to install without the add on you don`t want. it isn`t rocket science.
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Male 17
... uncheck both boxes? the license agreement referred is for the ask.com toolbar, as evidenced by the fact that just below that box is a link to the ask.com license agreements. point of reference: nobody ever makes you accept a license agreement without providing it for you to read first.
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Male 2,121
"[x]Set Ask.com as my default search engine" - Self explanatory
"[x]I accept the license agreement and want to install the Ask.com toolbar" - You accept the terms of the Ask.com toolbar and install it.

The biggest clue is the wording of the license agreement, "Click for Ask.com end user license agreement" Ask.com, not TVersity.
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Male 64
you have no other choice but to add the tool bar
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Male 2,033
firetiger16
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
292 Posts Friday, April 16, 2010 5:10:57 PM
"Or learn that you can UNCHECK THE DAMNED BOXES. oh noes, clicking!"

on noez reading! if you read it you would know that you have to check the box to accept the terms but if you accept the terms you have to download the tool bar.

Oh noez, if you unclick both boxes it still installs the original (non toolbar) program. If you don`t believe me try it, the program installed above can be found here:
http://tversity.com/download
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Female 3,574
I`m with LazyMe484 lol.
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Male 383
I don`t get this picture...
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Male 8,300
I don`t really get it either, but I`m assuming the strong-arm tactic is that you have this Ask Internet Toolbar installer in the installer for another program that has nothing whatsoever to do with web browsing, thanks to a sweetheart deal between the two companies.
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Male 1,219
I would instantly cancel this installation. No program is worth this.
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Male 221
Checking the box accepts the licence agreement of Ask.com, not TVersity; that`ll come later (or previously, or not at all) in the installer.

That`s obvious though.
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Male 10,440
[quote]
How many computers have been screwed over by retarded users who install anything without even reading the installer?
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If anyone screws up their computer by installing various bullsh*t, its their own damn fault.
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Male 3,255
@SlothOfDoom

Nice reading comprehension, lol.
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Male 174
How many computers have been screwed over by retarded users who install anything without even reading the installer?

If you`ve installed Ask`s toolbar, chances are you`ve installed a crapload of additional spyware too.
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Female 362
"Or learn that you can UNCHECK THE DAMNED BOXES. oh noes, clicking!"

on noez reading! if you read it you would know that you have to check the box to accept the terms but if you accept the terms you have to download the tool bar.
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Male 10,440
Boring! This post is meaningless.
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Male 2,033
TKD_Master
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
1958 Posts Friday, April 16, 2010 4:28:49 PM
this is not a stupid post, read the check boxes very carefully. ask is bullpoo!!




Or learn that you can UNCHECK THE DAMNED BOXES. oh noes, clicking!
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Male 153
what the drat i dont get it
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Female 1,134
I hate ask bar >-<
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Male 4,793
this is not a stupid post, read the check boxes very carefully. ask is bullpoo!!
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Male 425
A joke that has to be explained is intrinsically not funny. Fail.
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Male 15,510
What? the Ask Bar stuff has been going since forever
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Male 2,033
Asking if you want to install a toolbar = strong-arm tactics and a mini-rant from IAB?

I wonder if they will post this entire site on failblog. (since IAB posts half of failblog here)
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Male 165
is it just me or does anyone else not get what "strong-arm tactics" they`re talking about...

might be just be, ah well having one of those slow days heh
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Female 3,828
i hate ask.com- but this is a stupid post. sry iab:-(
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Male 434
It`s interesting/funny because it looks like it doesn`t give you a choice, but it does. you can uncheck both boxes and still install the software you`re trying to without the toolbar. The agreement only applies to the toolbar.
To those with this knowledge, this post doesn`t seem as funny/interesting as it would to those without.
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Male 114
These days, with the new laws passed regarding licensing and endorsements, it`s entirely legal for s/w manufacturers to imbed advertisements (adware) in Freeware s/w packages b/c We Want Everything For Nothing. This RC5 s/w (titlebar) has a description about Ask.com that Microsoft endorses the software and you do need to slow down and read before actioning the installation process because Ask.com tools are defaulted to be installed. There is nothing wrong here. The s/w manufacturer may have received tons of support (and endorsements) from MS to build their s/w package and in part agreed to offer Ask.com tools to anyone that purchases the RC5 product.

I do hate advertisements as most-do...but many products are cheaper and free b/c of these endorsements.

That said, it`s time to "take time" installing Free or Cheap s/w products and realize that crapware may be involved with the install.
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Male 81
what a lame post, nothing worth seeing here. When are they gonna make it so you can give an item a "zero" rating?
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Female 728
Lots of those downloads do the same thing. That`s why I read before installing anything. I remember reading something recently about how Apple was screwing everyone over by making a Safari download automatically checked in a iTunes update. I saw it and unchecked it. I don`t know what the big deal is.
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Male 2,344
my question is, considering the vast superiority of google over this cheap second rate search engine...why would you want to ever use it?
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Male 591
I hate drive-by software installs such as Ask.com`s toolbar. I had a hell of a time removing it recently after I installed a non-Adobe PDF reader on my laptop. During the install I unchecked the box for Ask.com`s toolbar and it installed itself anyway.
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Male 497
[x] accept agreement AND install toolbar
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Male 233
If you just uncheck them u can still hit next,its just for the toolbar not the total instatllation. trust me ive done it over 1000 times and if you dont believe me just go try it for urself
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Male 2,121
The "accept the license agreement" part refers to the ask.com toolbar, not whatever the person was trying to download.
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Male 1,540
"If you don`t want to install it, simply click Cancel. Ask.com is the sole application requesting agreement to install. It`s not like Java install that asks you if you`d like to ALSO install Google Toolbar and Desktop.

What`s the point of this anyway? I must be missing something. "

Aaaand.. Point missed entirely. It does install with something else. And it`s checked yes by default, so if you don`t pay attention and uncheck it, well, yeah. Have fun with the toolbar.
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Female 222
Uh... yeah, MyHeritage did this to my browser too. Sheesh, I hate things like that.
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Female 318
It`s like this with yahoo and google too. Such bullsh*t.
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Male 114
If you don`t want to install it, simply click Cancel. Ask.com is the sole application requesting agreement to install. It`s not like Java install that asks you if you`d like to ALSO install Google Toolbar and Desktop.

What`s the point of this anyway? I must be missing something.
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Female 1,604
ooh took me a min but I see it, if you agree it will install the toolbar if not you won`t be able to finish doing whatever it is you were doing
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Male 3,343
I didn`t realize that the software install was NOT for the toolbar. That`s key.
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Male 129
JK. This is stupid and makes no sense. Even these explanations don`t really make sense or make it funny. This is stupid
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Female 277
The problem is that you cannot continue, as you can`t accept the licensing agreement without accepting the toolbar as they share the same tick box. That is not normal as most of the time the licensing agreement and toolbar/homepage has separate ways of accepting.
It`s ironic that people are saying that others only fall for this because they skim stuff and don`t pay attention.
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Male 2,056
gsh, this happened to me with some appilan thing

still pisses me off
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Male 759
I thought it was just me that couldn`t see anything out of the ordinary.
What`s this post about then?
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Female 171
i dont get it
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Female 179
"I accept the license agreement AND want to install the toolbar"

Meaning.. they don`t get a choice in the matter. :P
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Female 812
The question is: can you continue if you uncheck `I accept the license agreement and want to install the toolbar` if yes then there is no problem aka not a good/funny post here on IAB
Then again, if it is no... You can uninstall the toolbar after finishing right?! Aka not a good/funny post here on IAB

Besides, the people here on IAB will never ever fall into this trap cause since when do the people here miss anything?!!
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Female 570
it`s common but really annoying yes
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Male 203
Anyone trying to install any recent software, has this barrier to surpass. It automatically highlights that you want the Ask.com searchbar and you agree to install it. So, if you weren`t paying any attention, and pushed the yes button, which happens frequently on all the popups that incur while downloading, you get a brand new search bar, at the cost of your oversight and your deadened soul.
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Male 894
screw you fancy, screw you to hell!
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Male 1,378
>I don`t get it
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Female 169
wait a minute...is this the the thing that included selling your soul to the company as part of agreeing to the TOS for april fool`s day?.
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Male 363
seriously right.
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Female 169
I don`t get it. it looks like every other search tool bar installer I`ve seen.
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Male 3,842
I don`t get this. I had something very similar in my browser set up, too, but I set my default search to Google. I don`t understand why this is posted here.
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Male 133
I don`t get it. If someone installs this crap its their own fault.
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Male 153
It`s a fairly ordinary post, but I agree with this 100%. Ask.com is lame. My firefox got screwed over once.
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Female 34
i don`t get it
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Male 2,703
i don`t get it...usually I`m spammed with the yahoo toolbar, not askjeeves
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Male 698
i don`t get it?
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Male 614
the "I accept license agreement" only applies to the toolbar.

It does piss me off though, because it`s checked by default. :/
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Male 129
OMG!!! I just got it... LOL. That is the funniest thing thats been on here today. LOL
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Male 117
Not really sure how this is strong-arming... If you`re too stupid to know you should READ what you`re installing, then you deserve it.
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Male 129
This looks the same as every other one. Am I missing something?
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ya, im not getting it.
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Male 842
Forgive me, but I`m not seeing the humor and/or interest in this post. So Ask.com has a toolbar now. So what? Every major search engine does nowadays.
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Male 177
..... Why is this funny or interesting?
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Male 5,314
bastards
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Male 21,015
Link: Screw You, Ask.com--Screw You To Hell! [Pic] [Rate Link] - How many innocent computers have been screwed over by Ask.com`s strong-arm tactics?
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