All these toolbars send reports including real player etc.
I use ace explorer instead of internet explorer, it is free and identical to IE, but no bugs because it is open source prog.
You may think you have nothing to hide, but listen to this story!
I was listening to a guy on the radio saying they put a credit stop on him, but he could not find out how. He eventually found out why.
He had won a tidy sum of money, so he went looking for quotes on cars, holidays etc.
They put a credit ban on him through following his tracks, and a top lawyer said there is nothing
he could do about it.
You may think you have nothing to hide, but big brother can find out many things about how you surf the net, and build up a marketing profile.
Google is very clever because, say you go to auto pages, then every time you use their little tool, it shows auto ads, that is how they make revenue.
Nothing access the net unless I allow it to do so.
I had a trojan last week, and it was as much fun as piles, so now I got winpooch to stop them getting anywhere near my puter.
Who let the dogs out!
BTW - Adaware, spybot, clam win, avg antivirus.
Just some of the programs I use to either clean adware or fight trojans, and malware.