This was the Symantec announcement on February 3, 2009.
Many people are not happy about this including me.
Thread at CoU that started in August about ask.com toobar but keeps going and going. Not posting update there any more
Alex Eckelberry's view on this from Sunbelt.
For those who are using Norton Internet Security 2009, be advised that Symantec decided to add a Ask Search engine interface to the Internet browser toolbar. It is not a virus or malware. I spent 4 hours trying to figure out how malware had invaded my system and put the Ask Search interface in the Norton toolbar. Symantec tech support didn't even know anything about it, because a tech tried to help me get rid of it, and finally suggested reinstalling the product. There's a bit of an uproar starting in the Symantec Community forums about all this. I'm not sure, but I think that Norton 360 users will see the same thing. Anyway, I wanted to save some people time by letting you know it's part of a valid Symantec update.