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Google Toolbar auto updates


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GoogleGuy Says

PostPosted: August 23, 2003 10:35 AM 

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GoogleGuy responds in this thread discussing the fact that the Google Toolbar automatically updates to newer versions without giving the user an option or notification of the upgrade.

GoogleGuy Says: [Link to quote]

Hey amznVibe, the fact that the toolbar auto-updates is listed in the first 10 questions of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages:
There are lots of good reasons to auto-update the toolbar. For example, about two years ago, a security company found a potential security issue with the toolbar. The toolbar team went into a non-stop quest to find and fix any security issues. With auto-update, we were able to deploy the fix to toolbar users before anyone but the security company knew about it in the first place. So we want users to be informed that the toolbar auto-updates, but I think that in general it can be a very useful feature to auto-update.

bateman_ap, I think that the toolbar team took care not to enable any extra options (e.g. pop-up blocking) if the toolbar upgrades--let me know if you find otherwise, and I'll pass the feedback on. The upgrade does have a lot of useful features that I think people would like (it took me about 10 minutes to really want the new version instead of the old version), and I'm not aware of any features that went away, so I hope people will explore the new version for a little while before assuming that the upgrade is for the worse somehow.


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PostPosted: March 25, 2004 12:51 PM 

I always get a POP UP that GOOGLE toolbar cant Block .... ? Well its kinda :roll: if you are gaming

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PostPosted: April 8, 2004 12:10 AM 

Auto update is a good thing in most cases but there should always be options for permitting the auto update, not permitting, notify when available, update silently. The user should be in control to product and they computer and be allowed to determine what happens, how and when.

There are concerns of auto update being abused and do harm to a system. Either by a unhappy employee or somebody external from the organization taking advantage of a program will execute things for them.

Take a page from the anti-virus companies and the operating system companies. The provide these option and ask during the install in most case how to set them.


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PostPosted: March 1, 2005 8:16 AM 

Does this auto updates get into system by informing administrator as well as if user don't have previlages how it get installed then.


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PostPosted: August 10, 2005 11:44 AM 

The latest update from Google has caused run time errors in IE for a number of machines here. We had 20 machines with this problem over the last few days. Until we found the cause the only option was to rebuild the profile. We have found that if you uninstall, delete some reg keys then reinstall things will work. The problem is that now we have 4000 machines to check for the toolbar, then fix it.
I pretty mad at Google for not giving us the option to 'upgrade' or not....


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PostPosted: October 13, 2006 11:56 AM 

While there might be a need for a in-version fixes (updates) to be automatically deployed, there is NO valid reason for next-version automatic upgrades.

In other words, "yes" for updates, "no" for upgrades.

There really needs to be a option switch for toolbar v3 and v4, to STOP upgrades.


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PostPosted: October 19, 2006 7:01 PM 

Jeez man, you guys aren't kidding. I HATE the way v4 looks. I dunno what it is, but it just drives me crazy and now *every single time* I go online, it updates to the latest version. This is really driving me nuts. If I figure out a way to hack this program to stop auto-updating, it's getting hacked. Google has no business not giving me the option and decided FOR me what's best. Screw that.


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PostPosted: December 20, 2006 1:13 PM 

What a load of crap. Any software that autoupdates and won't you decide first is spyware. The definition being software that takes control of your computer. Even Windows doesn't do this. I do not like the latest version of the toolbar as it does not have a drop down to choose which search you want to do (web, groups, news, etc.).

Google is now enemy #1.

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PostPosted: February 12, 2007 6:41 AM 

Hi Guys - if anyone is still wanting to have version 3 toolbar without the "auto update" to v4 happening again behind your back, check out my post here on using your "host file" to block it - IT WORKS!



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