I accidentally installed Ask Toolbar, and it changed my Homepage,Search engine and added some extra stuff. It did all this without alerting Google Chrome!

But when I try to install a legitimate search engine like DuckDuckGo, I have to do a lot of manual work compared to the Ask Toolbar which seems to automate installing the settings.

I was wondering why does't DuckDuckGo use the same methods as Ask?

Is it due to security issues of sorts?

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When you installed Ask there was a check box which was enabled by default that gave a high level of permissions to the toolbar. So it doesn't need to ask for these permissions in future.

I have not used duckduckgo, but I assume it is a bit more polite, and asks for specific permissions.


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