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Shady Google Toolbar feature has a bug

A feature in the newly out-of-beta Google Toolbar is being considered shady by some people.  Enabled by default, this feature blocks any attempt by the competition to modify your default search in Internet Explorer.
Written by Garett Rogers, Inactive

A feature in the newly out-of-beta Google Toolbar is being considered shady by some people.  Enabled by default, this feature blocks any attempt by the competition to modify your default search in Internet Explorer.  I could only imagine the headlines if Microsoft tried to do exactly the same thing.

According to Google Blogoscoped, there is a bug in this new "feature" that keeps the blocking service running in memory -- even after it has been disabled.  Google assures us that behaviour is not expected, and the service doesn't do anything while in this state. 

Back to the feature though, couldn't it be considered a monopolistic?  To draw a bit of a parallel, it would be almost like Microsoft adding something to Internet Explorer that actively blocks Firefox from becoming the default browser.

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