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I do not recall ever having any kind of auto update for the TB, has anyone else had this happen this morning? I also looked at a setting in the toolbar and noticed that the settings were to make google my default search, thats fine but when i moused over, i noticed the alt text said the same thing, but to also block any changes? I removed it as I feel i do not need to have a toolbar decide what i should and should not have as a default search engine.
Anyone else notice this?
I do not know what my last version is, but my updated version is 4.0.1019.5266-bin/en (GGLD)
Just below the version and build number it says something in French?
Some of the default settings in the updated toolbar are BS. Plus it added several new things to the right-click menu when on webpages or even within form elements. I haven't figured out how to remove them yet.
Still debating whether to keep it installed or switch to a different TB.
It also gave the option to make Google my default Search Engine and I accepted that. But when I pressed F5 i still got Microsoft's search. Maybe I misunderstood the question.
Seems like a ramping up of the Search Engine wars to me. Google has never been so presumptive before and given such uninformative choices.
I've immediately removed the extra buttons - I recently moved my blog from Blogger onto Wordpress, don't use GMail, and don't use Google bookmarks. I added Google Blogsearch button though because I use that a lot and it is increasingly difficult to get to from the home page.
I have ended up with a much reduced toolbar that I prefer.
[edited by: Iguana at 11:27 pm (utc) on Sep. 15, 2006]
If you have to block it on a firewall, thats a probolem with me and i will need to look in to that. Thats an indicator that its phoning home and sending something to them. Surely its search data, but if they do not say that in their eula, they may be facing issues.
i work heavliy with eulas and software (especially phone home) and you got to be careful with that kind of stuff.
Edit: I found some info.
"The Google Toolbar automatically sends only standard, limited information to Google, which may be retained in Google's server logs. It does not send any information about the web pages you visit (e.g., the URL), unless you use Toolbar's advanced features."
You do not need to provide any personal information in order to download and use the Google Toolbar."
However, it further says:
If you have Google Toolbar Version 4.0 or above, your copy of Google Toolbar includes a unique application number. When you install Google Toolbar, this number and a message indicating whether the installation succeeded are sent back to Google. Also, when Google Toolbar automatically checks to see if a new version is available, the current version number and the unique application number are sent to Google. The unique application number is required for Google Toolbar to work and cannot be disabled.
Basically, they are saying that you do not need to provide any personal information to use it. Yet at the same time, why would you because you are give an PIN unique to your install? That could mean that they have all the unique install pin's in a db and can actually view each persons search data based off of the Pin thats unique.
I gues to most people its really not important to them, but for me, i have seen what phone home can provide and I do not think that i will be using Google Toobar any longer.
THANK YO SO MUCH! :)
Now i know what the deal is..... I know some might think i am nuts for what i do, but for me it is necessary.
I at many times of the day work out of IE and it is a huge list of (customer numbers), in that list i need to review more than 100-300 orders daily. Its easier for me to open each account in a new window. Since the tool bar update, i was haveing the exact issue you just described and it was annoying the **** out of me. You just increased my work perfomance by verifying that and i now have unintsalled the toolbar.
i can not thank you enough for pointing that out to me.