Oracle Corporation: Stop bundling Ask Toolbar with the Java installer
  • Petitioning Larry Ellison

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CEO of Oracle Corporation
Larry Ellison
Editor of Oracle Magazine
Editor of Java Magazine

Oracle Corporation: Stop bundling Ask Toolbar with the Java installer

    1. Saeid Nourian
    2. Petition by

      Saeid Nourian

      Lowell, MA

Java is a software package beloved by users and developers all over the world. Unfortunately Oracle Corporation decided to sacrifice the integrity of Java by bundling Ask Toolbar with Java in order to make few pennies per download in profit.

It is demeaning for a respected corporation such as Oracle to resort to such techniques only to make a small profit. Ask Toolbar hijacks user's default search engine and forwards them to Ask search engine which resorts to various misleading advertisement techniques in order to confuse the unsuspecting users into clicking on their paid ads.

More information about this deception can be found in this article:
http://www.zdnet.com/a-close-look-at-how-oracle-installs-deceptive-software-with-java-updates-7000010038/

Specifically:

- When you use Java’s automatic updater to install crucial security updates for Windows , third-party software is always included. The two additional packages delivered to users are the Ask Toolbar and McAfee Security Scanner.

- With every Java update, you must specifically opt out of the additional software installations. If you are busy or distracted or naïve enough to trust Java’s “recommendation,” you end up with unwanted software on your PC.

- IAC, which partners with Oracle to deliver the Ask toolbar, uses deceptive techniques to install its software. These techniques include social engineering that appears to be aimed at both novices and experienced computer users, behavior that may well be illegal in some jurisdictions.

- The Ask search page delivers inferior search results and uses misleading and possibly illegal techniques to deceive visitors into clicking paid ads instead of organic search results.

We, the users and Java programmers, hereby demand that the Oracle Corporation remove Ask Toolbar from the Java installer and not bundle any other 3rd party software with Java in the future.

To:
Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation
Editor of Oracle Magazine
Editor of Java Magazine
Stop bundling Ask Toolbar with the Java installer

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 17,500 signatures
    2. Oracle allows the option of leaving your default search provider unchanged

      Saeid Nourian
      Petition Organizer

      Under pressure from this petition, Oracle makes a small change in their Java installer. It now presents the users with an additional check box warning that the default search provider will be changed. Previously there was no indication at all that the installation would perform such intrusive modification. While this is a small victory, unfortunately the check box is still checked on by default and easy to miss. We will continue to pressure Oracle to discontinue this practice.

    3. Reached 15,000 signatures
    4. Author of "Effective Java" lends his support to this petition

      Saeid Nourian
      Petition Organizer

      Dr. Joshua Bloch, the author of Effective Java, lends his support to this petition. He was Google's Chief Java Architect until 2012 and he is the architect of numerous Java features including Java Collections framework, java.math and assert mechanism. He is considered to be among the top 40 software experts in the world.

    5. 12,000 signatures in two weeks

      Saeid Nourian
      Petition Organizer

      We are off to a great start. In only two weeks we have collected over 12,000 signatures. Please invite your friends and share this petition in Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. There are more than 9 million frustrated Java developers and over 700 million frustrated Java users out there. If they haven't signed this petition yet it's because they don't know about it.

    6. Reached 10,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Andrew Burkett OTTAWA, CANADA
      • about 6 hours ago

      Constantly trying to sneak Ask Toolbar onto my computer is so annoying I wish I could abandon Java altogether. I may start avoiding all products that use Java altogether.

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    • Rod Wanner BISMARC, ND
      • about 9 hours ago

      I am responsible for over 100 windows computers at work and a dozen or so at home that use java. If Oracle wants to offer the Ask Tool bar then offer it, but do not make it default to the install/update. Good greif Oracle!!!!

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    • Paul Stitt GLOSSOP, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 10 hours ago

      It's disingenuous to say they recommend it. Who for? It's no use to most users so why are they recommending it? For themselves I presume.

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    • Andreas Schoch LUZERN, SWITZERLAND
      • about 18 hours ago

      Es nervt unheimlich

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    • Keith Clarke DUBLIN, IRELAND
      • about 19 hours ago

      ITs screwing up customer apps EVERYWHERE its installed, AV is picking it up as malware etc.

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