When you update Java, you are usually offered the Ask toolbar, default home page and search. You have to opt out of this offer every update and, until recently, there was no way to avoid this without a registry hack. However, in summer 2014, Oracle quietly added an option to disable this in Java Configuration. Search from your start menu for Configure Java, go to advanced, and then scroll to the bottom and check ‘Suppress sponsor offers when installing or updating Java’. You will never(?) be tempted by Ask’s wonderful addons again ….