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#1 Codaeus

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 04:41 PM

Most security and privacy blogs consider the Google Toolbar a threat or one sort or another, but what about the 'Googlebar' in Firefox...is it okay, or equally nasty?



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Posted 26 September 2014 - 04:53 PM

Where is this 'Googlebar' you speak of in Firefox? Are you referring to the built in search bar that you can change search engines of? If you click on the icon you can change it to another search engine.

This is not the same thing as a 'Google Tool Bar'. This is a functional component of the Firefox browser. You can't remove or uninstall it. Only change the search engine. You can uninstall a tool bar.

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 06:54 PM

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 03:50 PM

Where is this 'Googlebar' you speak of in Firefox? Are you referring to the built in search bar that you can change search engines of? If you click on the icon you can change it to another search engine.

This is not the same thing as a 'Google Tool Bar'. This is a functional component of the Firefox browser. You can't remove or uninstall it. Only change the search engine. You can uninstall a tool bar.

 

I am aware that these two are somewhat different critters, which is why the title is "vs" rather than "and". As for "Where is this Googlebar'":

 

http://googlebar.mozdev.org/

 

that should explain it. I am aware that you can change it to Yahoo, Bing, or even add your own choice (mine would be Ixquick). I am also aware that it can (apparently) be removed:

 

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/search-bar-add-change-manage-search-engines-firefox#w_remove-a-search-engine

 

...so in this regard, it does not differ from the Google Toolbar, other than it seems much easier to nuke the Googlebar than get rid of the actual Toolbar. What I am not aware of is whether or not I need to treat the Googlebar like the Google Toolbar, and nuke it. My question was does the Googlebar carry the same privacy and security issues that the Google Toolbar is (in)famous for?



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Posted 28 September 2014 - 04:33 PM

Googlebar project is not affiliated with Google and the last release was in 2006 for Firefox 2.0.

The current Firefox version is 32.03 (Australis).

The Google Toolbar is a browser toolbar which allows you to do more than search.
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Posted 28 October 2014 - 07:36 PM

Googlebar project is not affiliated with Google and the last release was in 2006 for Firefox 2.0.

The current Firefox version is 32.03 (Australis).

The Google Toolbar is a browser toolbar which allows you to do more than search.

 

My apology to all--I had two mistakes before. Firstly in nomenclature. This thing is called the "Search bar" as in my previous link:

 

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/search-bar-add-change-manage-search-engines-firefox#w_remove-a-search-engine

 

,and I now see its quite different from the Googlebar,as shown in my other link:

 

http://googlebar.mozdev.org/

 

So I will try this question again, and hopefully get it worded right this time! Most security and privacy blogs consider the Google Toolbar a threat of one sort or another, but what about the Google 'Search bar' in Firefox...is it okay, or equally nasty? Does it have the same privacy threats as the Google Toolbar? If so, do I need to remove it from the Firefox 'Search bar', or will simply not using it render it harmless?


Edited by Codaeus, 28 October 2014 - 07:37 PM.


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Posted 28 October 2014 - 07:54 PM

You can perform web searches right from the address bar. Just type in your search terms and hit Enter. Firefox will take you to your default search engine results page.

Search the web from the Address Bar
Using the Search Bar


The Search bar is conveniently located on your toolbar and on the new tab page. It lets you use various search engines without having to load their websites. To search, just type your terms into the Search bar, press Enter and Firefox will take you to the search results page.


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Posted 29 October 2014 - 12:45 AM

Actually I could not find that googlebar have privacy and security issue, whereas google toolbar helps to block or allow pop-ups when using internet explorer or other browser.



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Posted 29 October 2014 - 05:10 AM

Google Toolbar, only available for Internet Explorer, is often distributed through bundling with other free software you download which is why it may be detected as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP).
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