Part of Oracle’s new install application for Java is a binary named MacJREInstaller. This application appears to be what installs Java and governs whether or not the Ask.com toolbar gets deployed.
For context, MacJREInstaller appears to be the helper tool referenced when the Java install application prompts for admin privileges.
Based on observation, when running the Java install application, MacJREInstaller appears to run the following tasks:
1. Checks to see if it can contact the internet
2. If it can contact the internet, checks back with Oracle to see what country it’s in. Oracle apparently is selective about which nations it wants to have the Ask.com browser settings and toolbar installed (thanks to a Canadian colleague’s testing, it appears Canada is not one of the nations.)
3. If it determines the Mac in question is in a country where Oracle wants to deploy the Ask.com browser settings and toolbar…
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