More and more users complain about the Ask.com toolbar or McAfee program's automatic installation with the JRE (if you don't uncheck it during installation). They probably downloaded the JRE from the www.java.com website.
Tip: to avoid this annoyance, you can simply download your JRE from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html. The JRE installers don't ask for Ask.com and McAfee programs installation. In addition, to avoid their installation during an automatic update, please do not enable these famous automatic updates and simply ask for a reminder.
Second tip : to disable automatic updates (or reminder) on Windows, go to
Control Panel /
Java. It will launch the Java Control Panel. In the
Update tab, simply uncheck the
Check for Updates Automatically checkbox.
First alternative : launch the Windows
msconfig tool and disable the autostart of
Java(TM) Platform SE Auto Updater 2 0 (this is the
Second alternative, via CCleaner : disable the autostart of
Restart your computer : auto-updates are gone.
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PS : a petition is available at https://www.change.org/petitions/oracle-corporation(...).