Hi folks. Have a rare official day off so I am catching up on clearing out old software and installing some new stuff. I have some posts in the pipeline so hang tight. If you install video editing software on your computer you should know about this.
While I was installing some new software, I cam across an old bugaboo that newbies don't know about and jaded techs often forget. The toolbar add-on. Many vendors get some side action from other companies added a tool bar to your browser.
In addition to reducing the amount of readable area on your screen it is a bit of redundancy. If you really like Ask.com (and I ain't hating on the search engine. I used it back in the day when I was on Bloglines) you can change your default browser search engine any time you want.
I don't care for the added tracking, cookies, and sharing of where I go and what I do. I don't mind if I tell you I went to a critical thinking web site. I do mind if that is relayed to folks I don't know. I really mind if I see a bunch of add stating I can get critical thinking for half price at Shopper.com.
Anyway, before click or un-click you definitely want to read the Ask Toolbar Terms of Service.
I speak as a sadder but wiser girl who years ago had to work a bit too hard to get it out of my primary browser. I still get involuntary re-directs to Ask.com from time to time.