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Registry keys to prevent Java installs from adding sponsors (Ask/Google/Yahoo Toolbar, McAfee virus, etc) via: Super User

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/06/02

One of the reasons I quit Java development a while ago is that for years, each and every Java client update on Windows wants to install “add-ons” like Ask/Google/Yahoo toolbars, McAfee viruses, etc.

Many people have complained about it, just to name a few and show an on-line petition against it:

There are many cumbersome ways around it:

Though suited for corporate installs, all of those are impractical when your friends keep calling “hey, how do I get rid of these toolbars” and you cannot control their complete install process.

Super User user Danilo Roascio made my day when wanting to get rid of that behaviour.

His registry way to prevent those installs is way easier!

It not only disables the installs of any sponsored add-on, the Java update does not even show the checkbox any more (so the install process is shorter).

This is what he answered:

Digging a bit into the problem myself, I’ve found that there’s an hidden switch to disable sponsor offerings in the auto-update installer.

Open the following keys into the Windows Registry Editor (regedit.exe):

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\JavaSoft
(available only on Windows 64-bit)

and create in both of them a new String Value (type REG_SZ) named SPONSORS of value DISABLE (both name and value must be uppercase).

Alternatively, copy and paste the following code into a text file called disable_java_sponsors.reg and double click on it to import these values in your Registry.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft]
"SPONSORS"="DISABLE"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\JavaSoft]
"SPONSORS"="DISABLE"

Please note that this switch not only disables the Ask.com toolbar installation and prompt, but disables all of the sponsors potentially bundled with the Auto-update setup/Online setup (Google toolbar, Yahoo toolbar, McAfee something, etc…)

–jeroen

via: How can I prevent Ask.com Toolbar from being installed every time Java is updated? – Super User.

5 Responses to “Registry keys to prevent Java installs from adding sponsors (Ask/Google/Yahoo Toolbar, McAfee virus, etc) via: Super User”

  1. […] The old trick from Registry keys to prevent Java installs from adding sponsors (Ask/Google/Yahoo Toolbar, McAfee virus,… […]

  2. John Smith said

    No longer functions like this
    Look here
    https://www.java.com/en/download/faq/disable_offers.xml

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\Software\JavaSoft\DeploymentProperties]

    “install.disable.sponsor.offers”=”true”

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  4. […] One of the reasons I quit Java development a while ago is that for years, each and every Java client update on Windows wants to install “add-ons” like Ask/Google/Yahoo toolbars, McAfee viruses, etc. Many people have complained about it, just to name a few…Registry keys to prevent Java installs from adding sponsors (Ask/Google/Yahoo Toolbar, McAfee virus,… […]

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