| 7:29 pm on Dec 3, 2003 (gmt 0)|
You may want to talk to someone in your employ who knows a bit about the toolbar and a firewall - you don't have to enable the "send info" portion as per the prompt during install - and you can always block/filter outgoing data at the packet level if you are so inclined.
| 8:15 pm on Dec 3, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I don't send any info to Google via the toolbar. So I don't consider it a risk.
[edited by: heini at 8:46 pm (utc) on Dec. 3, 2003]
[edit reason] please don't post site specifics [/edit]
| 4:09 pm on Dec 4, 2003 (gmt 0)|
It's true packet filtering can be setup on almost any outbound traffic. However I did read somewhere that Google check the traffic levels to particular sites this way to give them an idea if a site is of particular value.
If this is true then you have a catch 22...
| 9:33 pm on Dec 4, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I just got rid of the Google toolbar.
Why? Because I noticed (through my firewall) that my outgoing info had increased so much that my download speed became very slow. I could barely use the internet - even with the high speed connection.
I had chosen the option of not sending info to google, but info was being sent anyway.
Now that it is uninstalled, my internet is working much faster than before.
| 3:37 am on Dec 5, 2003 (gmt 0)|
In addition to the google toolbar, i also have some third party adult toolbar that magically downloaded in to my IE browser without me knowing. I know I can hide it, but is there a way I can go and completely remove it from the browser? I can't find where it's installed on my system...I'm assuming in an IE folder or something. Can anyone help?
| 4:09 am on Dec 5, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Tools > Internet Options >
On the Genral tab, click the Settings button under Temporary Internet Files >
Click the View Objects button >
Check the properties on all the items, remove the ones you don't use.
Then download, update, and run SpyBot:
| 4:45 pm on Dec 5, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I bought a cheap used PC and put the toolbar on it. I only use it once a month when the PR is updated. Very little risk this way.