Software Company Anahata Joins The Petition To Remove Ask Toolbar From Java Installation

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On February 8th 2013 software company Anahata Technologies joined the web petition asking Oracle to remove the Ask Toolbar from the Java installation.

On Friday 8th of February 2013, The Perth (Australia) based software company Anahata Technologies Pty Ltd filed the a petition at change(dot)org asking Oracle to stop bundling the Ask Toolbar or any other software with Java Installations and Java Upgrades. The web based petition held at change(dot)org has currently reached 10,475 signatures and aims for 250,000. The Australian based software company asks developers and users in the Java Community to sign the petition and bring to Oracle’s awareness the adverse effects this practice has on the brand and reputation of the Java Platform and Ecosystem.

A company spokesman declared: “We develop Enterprise Java Applications with desktop based interfaces. It is a requirement of our solutions that the Java Runtime Environment is installed in the user’s pc. Mainly due to security reasons, The Java Runtime Environment needs to be updated regularly. Oracle has been making an effort to mitigate recent security vulnerabilities found and we appreciate that. Nevertheless it comes across as less than professional asking our users to follow an upgrade process where the users are prompted with installing the Ask Toolbar on each and every JRE upgrade. We understand that maintaining Java up to date requires effort, nevertheless we need to make Oracle aware of the consequences of these kind of practices. We request Oracle to seek for alternative forms on income to profit from or cover the costs of maintaining Java ”

The web based petition can be signed here:
About the Ask Toolbar in the Java Runtime Environment

The current Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installation, contains a screen in the installation wizard where the user is prompted to install the Ask Toolbar and the answer is defaulted to ‘Yes’ in the checkbox. If a user follows the intuitive process of clicking Next without paying enough attention to the installation steps, the toolbar will be installed on the user’s browser.

The installation of the Ask Toolbar as part of the Java Runtime Environment installation or upgrade been recently criticised for following deceptive practices such as executing the installation in the background ten minutes after exiting the Java Runtime Environment installation wizard. With this deceptive practice, users who had omitted the Ask Toolbar installation checkbox and, installed it unintentionally and upon completion of the Java installation wizard open the ‘Add Or Remove Programs’ are not able to see the Ask Toolbar in the installed programs list and are therefore unable to uninstall it. A closer look at the Microsoft Windows logs reveals that the Ask Toolbar installation finishes 10 minutes after the Java Installation completes.

About Anahata Technologies Pty Ltd

Founded in 2010, Anahata Technologies Pty Ltd is a Western Australia privately owned application development consultancy specializing in the analysis, design, implementation and support of cost-effective, custom built software applications.

Anahata’s preferred delivery approach is an iterative, customer centric software development process where business analysts visit customer premises to gather requirements, outline the current business processes and design an improved flow. Once the system requirements are complete, a continuous integration development process allows customers to test the application regularly as it is being built. Upon implementation, customer’s staff is trained on site on the usage of the new system

Anahata offers its customers a 3 month warranty and support period where users can have unlimited phone or email consultation. Customers can access an online task and issue management system to log requests for enhancements (RFEs) or report any defects encountered during the testing or production stages. Anahata seeks to be the most customers centric of all Perth software companies.

Anahata’s preferred technological choice is to deliver cross-platform solutions based on open standards and open source technology that ensure stability, compatibility, and security over a long application lifespan and reduces upfront and ongoing licensing fees.

Anahata is an Oracle Certified Partner and delivers custom software solutions based on Oracle, Java technology. As a registered MYOB developer partner, Anahata’s solutions integrate with any MYOB software package.

For more information about Anahata, visit or type Software Development Perth in your favourite search engine.

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