It is a killer Henk, especially the way things are going at the moment - thing is, even though I'm raising this on the forums, I'm not necessarily saying these guys are in the wrong - it does concern me when a security product chooses to include these third party apps, and that fact alone (for me anyway) does raise questions about the developers integrity and the future of their security products but even if they had went down the OpenCandy road and as everyone here will know I'm no fan of OC either, I believe they would have done less damage to their reputation than including a toolbar associated with the ask! name - even bing or google toolbars would surely have been more acceptable?.
How ridiculous is this all becoming when I can actually say I would have welcomed OpenCandy over a toolbar????!!!!.
As we've discussed before, in a perfect world we would not see third party addons at all and could simply enjoy installing the software we choose to install, but as long as organised groups continue to push addons and make money from them (which they will) they will have more income than the smaller, independant developer like you guys and will potentially be able to push their products further and gain more exposure by (possibly) advertising, etc - then come the "trial" versions and so on and so on ...
For me, there is nothing more rewarding than being independant - free from the chains of financial dependency on a sponsor, and although we do serve ads to guest's the income is pretty much negligible - this means we can remain impartial and say pretty much what we all feel - if we were financially connected to some product, we could have to be careful what we say so not to upset anyone and loose our sponsorship - I'll leave that kind of situation to the likes of CNet and Tucows who have made it perfectly clear their priority is with their sponsors - personally, I'm not for sale - never have been and never will be!!