Ask Jeeves Toolbar Installs via Banner Ads at Kids Sites
- Installation Screenshots
Ask Jeeves Toolbar Installs via Banner Ads at Kids Sites - Ben Edelman
All screenshots were captured in April - May 2005.
[ Banner Ad | Installation Details | Installation Prompt | Toolbar Installed | Non-SP2 Installation Prompt | ActiveX Prompt ]
Note that the Ask Jeeves banner ad appears on a kids site, playloader.com. Note the various kids games present on the site
The result of clicking on the AJ banner ad in the preceding screenshot. Note euphemisms: "accessible directly from your web browser" rather than "web browser toolbar." Note no on-screen license agreement, no on-screen link to any such agreement.
Installation Confirmation Prompt.
This is the installation confirmation prompt shown by Windows XP Service Pack 2. If the user presses Install, then AJ software immediately becomes installed, without further confirmation.
New Toolbar Installed
Non-SP2 Confirmation Prompt
Users without XP Service Pack 2 receive the installation prompt shown below. Note the lengthy, wordy link to the license agremeent. If a user presses yes, AJ software immediately becomes installed, without further confirmation.
Alternative Installation Method: ActiveX Popups
Not all Ask Jeeves installations include the "installation details" step shown above. See, for example, the popup shown below, which I received while browsing the iowrestling.com site in March 2005. A single press of the Yes button in this popup installs AJ software, without any further information, disclosures, or confirmation.