Thursday, January 15, 2015

Malware (Conduit Search, Ask Toolbar) installed without consent is illegal in Canada - Go Canucks!

Installing computer programs on an individual's computer without consent is now illegal in Canada 

January 15, 2015 - Ottawa–Gatineau –Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

It official, as of today, new requirements for installing computer programs have come into force. Businesses installing software or computer programs on another person’s computer must now have their consent.

Press release here -

What does this mean to you?  - read on below

Not sure what "cause the installation of software" means? Let us clarify.

Here is a scenario from the Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) FAQ Sheet -

CASL applies to software or computer programs that are both installed and caused to be installed on any other person's computer system, without consent.

The following are examples of computer programs which are 'caused to be installed':


  1. Sometimes, malicious software (malware) is installed along with other software. For example, a free Tic Tac Toe app may include concealed malware that is not disclosed to the user. In this situation, the user would be installing the Tic Tac Toe app, so CASL would not apply. However, CASL would apply to the installation of the malware since the software developer would be causing it to be installed. >>>READ ILLEGAL!<<<<
  2. A consumer purchases a music CD and inserts it in their computer to listen to music or copy songs. However, the CD includes concealed software that is automatically executed when the CD is inserted into the computer. In that case, the distributor or developer would have caused the software to be installed.
Malware hidden in software is now illegal to install without your consent. (It's usually obtained as a check mark box later in the install process)

That means the annoying malware that such as; 

  1. Conduit Toolbar & Search (concealed in Bittorrent, utorrent, and in DivX Player bundled as  "UniBlue Driver") 
  2. Ask Toolbar & Search (bundled with Java)

that takes over you default home page that appear without your consent is illegal now in Canada!!! YEAH! Canada!

Ask Toolbar gets commonly install with JAVA, you must un-check this but sometimes this does not appear on a update or does not work when you do uncheck it, so beware.

Tip : Install Java using the Command prompt method and SET any SPONSOR not to appear
  1. Click Start. In the Start Search box, type command.
  2. A list of matches will appear. click Command Prompt in the Programs list.
  3. To start the installation, in the Command Prompt window, navigate to the Downloads directory
    • cd Downloads
      then type:
    • jre-7u55-windows-i586-iftw.exe SPONSORS=0

    Here SPONSORS=0 is the flag that will disable sponsor offerings in Java updates.

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