For me these are ‘never wanted applications’ as they can collect our browsing habits and affects system performance or broadband usage.
Of course we can easily remove them via Add/Remove programs, or uncheck the option when installing software, but not all are able to do that.
Following are some popular software that comes with toolbars and other browser add-ons. Users can take a precaution when installing these programs.
- Ad-Aware Anniversary Edition - Google Chrome
- Adobe Flash Player - Google Toolbar
- Adobe Reader - eBay Desktop
- Advanced SystemCare - Yahoo Toolbar
- Auslogics Registry Defrag - Ask Toolbar
- AVG LinkScanner (standalone and free) AVG Security toolbar is Yahoo Toolbar
- AVG 9 - AVG Security Toolbar (Yahoo Search bar)
- BitTorrent 6.1.2 - Ask Toolbar
- CCleaner (standard installer) - Yahoo Toolbar
- Comodo Internet Security, Antivirus & Firewall - Ask Toolbar
- Defraggler - Yahoo Toolbar
- Digsby instant messenger - bundled with unwanted add-ons and using your PC to make money.
- Foxit Pdf Reader - Ask Toolbar and ebay shortcut in desktop
- Free Download Manager – Pre checked and bundles Software Informer
- Glary Utilities - Ask Toolbar
- IrfanView (Google Toolbar for IE and Google Desktop Search)
- McAfee Site Advisor update - (Yahoo! default browser search)
- Nero Burning Rom or Nero 9 Essentials - Ask Toolbar
- Office Live add-in - includes Silverlight as add-on
- PC Tools Firewall Plus - Google Toolbar and Threatfire
- Recuva - Yahoo toolbar
- RealPlayer - Google Toolbar
- Spyware Doctor - Google Toolbar
- Spyware Terminator - Web security guard, Crawler
- Sun Java RE (online installer) - Google Toolbar / Live Search for Windows Toolbar. There's report too that Carbonite Backup is being offered (depends on your location)
- uTorrent - Ask Toolbar.
- Veoh media player - Yahoo toolbar, search engine change & search protection
- Webroot SpySweeper - Ask Toolbar
- Winamp - Winamp Toolbar
- Yahoo! Instant Messenger - Yahoo! toolbar, with ‘Yahoo! Search Protection’ and homepage change to Yahoo!
- ZoneAlarm - SpyBlocker (Ask Toolbar) [via]